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Review - Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

"We were perfect together. Until we met." 


I can’t help but smile at the words 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 number or picture or something. 

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

Book Breakdown 


I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. It's on Kindle Unlimited and I've heard nothing but good things about this author so I decided to give it a shot. I am so glad I did! I could not put it down and when I was forced to, it was all I could think about. I even read it at the hospital yesterday and it really helped take my mind off everything because it just sucks you in and refuses to let you go.

I loved Misha. He's the perfect book boyfriend. While Ryen wasn't the best character in the beginning, I could still relate to her not wanting to be alone and thinking the grass was greener on the other side. We've all had moments like that. Seeing her grow into the person she longed to be was one of the best reading experiences that I've ever had. I enjoyed watching these two grow and come together. I cried during this book and it's been a while since that has happened to me.

The story is gut-wrenching and dark, drugs are mentioned but always in a negative light (thank God) and there's some sexual harassment. You've been warned. I also loved how this was set in high school but it's new adult. I WANT... no, I NEED more books like this. It skips over nothing, it's gritty, dirty and realistic! This is more how teenagers act then 80% of the YA books I've read.

There was even a plot twist that I did not see coming and that's something that hardly ever happens. When I read it, I freaked out, nearly shouting from it, causing my partner to think I'd lose my mind or something. It was a powerful moment that really needed to happen for Misha to move on. I really can't praise this book enough. These characters aren't perfect, they were dealing with some crazy stuff, trying to find themselves and settle into who they want to grow into. It's amazing to see real characters, the good, bad, and even the ugly but also the best parts. Seeing them learning and pushing for something better.

I just can't, seriously, read this book. That's really all I've got.

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