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We were perfect together. Until we met.
I can’t help but smile at the lyrics in her letter. She misses me.
In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.
It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…
And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.
Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.
We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?
Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?
F*ck it. I need to meet her.
I just don’t expect to hate what I find.
He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.
Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his phone number or picture or something.
He could be gone forever.
Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.
*Punk 57 is a stand alone New Adult romance. It is suitable for readers 18+.
I want to be part of Ryen and Misha's tribe!
4.5 Stars. I was recently introduced to Penelope's books when I read Corrupt and was instantly enamored with her writing style, her ability to weave suspense and mystery through her stories.
This book intrigued me from the minute I read the blurb. Pen pals from the age of 11, both with mistaken genders because of their names, paired together and become best friends all through letters, never meeting in real life.
This book was full of twists and turns with little clues woven throughout that I obviously missed while reading but made me have a "slap my forehead AHA" moment when all is finally revealed.
I don't read a lot of YA or NA books, but I was impressed with Penelope in this book with the way she carries us through Ryen's turmoil of struggling to figure out who she is, what she wants, how to find happiness and acceptance in the world. Misha on the other hand, already knew who he was, was true to himself and knew what he wanted for his future.
For me, this felt like a story within a story, within a story. I felt like there were actually three (maybe more) stories going on at the same time, and each one fit seamlessly within each other. I'm not going to tell you what I think those three stories are because that would ruin the fun of the reader discovering them on their own.
This was an emotional read for me, because I felt so many of the same fears and insecurities that Ryen felt when I was growing up, as I think so many kids do. I loved how Penelope didn't just expand on Ryen's struggles in high school, but the supporting cast of characters too, particularly Manny.
I loved seeing cameo appearance's from the crew in Corrupt, it was wonderful visiting with them again for a little bit.
Great book, I highly recommend it!
Punk yeahhhh Blown AWAY!
SPOILERS PLEASE DO NOT READ BEFORE YOU FINISH THE BOOK!!!!
I supppppper duppppppper loved this book and HOLY MOLY! It is tied in with the Corrupt Series ahhhhh I just looooooooooooove that Will is his cousin bc out of the 4 guys Will interested me the most so I am excited for his story and omggggg so so so so ready for Kai in Hideaway! It was so exciting seeing everyone again and Rikka's mom and Misha's dad omggg #yassss but I digress LOL!
I loved the story start to finish! I love how they complement each other like they don't need each other to be complete but they work so much better together and know that they could stand alone but they do not have to be because they are #soulmates
Omggg when she found out the way she did about him being Misah that cut my heart deep
And when she said she burned the letters omg 💔
I loved how she said I love you but then said it instead lol
The library was insane!!!!
I love how she is punk and I love that Ten, JD and Manny are genuine friends
I wonder if Delilah is the girl will likes but I doubt it bc he is older but that would be so awesome. Trey and Gillian are just ewww!!!! I love the lessons you learn from this book and that when you think your world is going to implode you NEED TO HANG ON! Don't give up because you are on a bumpy road! That is what makes you stronger. Sorry my thoughts are all over the place I just didn't want to miss anything lol it is 1:36am and I knew I had to finish hehe thank you for another great story Penelope 💖 soooo ready for more :)
Coming of Age Sexy Romance
Punk 57 happens in the same world as Corrupt, but the stories are not connected. You don't have to have read Corrupt first. Misha and Ryen grew up writing to each other as pen pals. Over the years, they talked about everything. They're best friends and begin falling in love with each other. Even though they don't live very far apart, they have an agreement to never have interactions besides snail mail. After a tragedy, things domino effect causing them to be up close and personal, and neither is what the other expected. They must get past what has been done to them and recognize what they have done to others.
This author has proven before that she has a real knack for tapping into the emotions of teens. She does it again with Punk 57. The feelings of needing to fit in, bullying and being bullied are major themes. Problems such as trying to be perfect overachievers by using stimulants in order to have the energy to do it all are highlighted. Inhalants make an appearance. I think this is the first time I've seen them mentioned in a romance novel. Social media impact is shown a lot. When something happens, the characters blast it on Facebook. Absentee parenting plaques the cast. This story does a good job of pointing out real issues kids have these days. It's a coming of age romance with adult sexiness.
I just wanted to add that I always love this author's playlists so I was happy to see it included, but also she attached the lyrics for some of the songs the characters write in the books (Misha is in a band, and Ryen is his muse). I thought that was a great bonus.