Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas – Katie’s Review


Why I read it

Penelope Douglas is one of my few auto-click authors!

What I rated it

off the charts

What it’s about

“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.

leaf dividerKatie’s Review

Anticipation. We all know that feeling. Most of us secretly crave it. Sometimes the anticipation is greater than the actual event, while other times the final result is worth the build-up. I have been anticipating Punk 57 for what seems like a very long time. Years, even. When you have been waiting for something that long, sometimes you are too scared to even begin because you cannot fathom the vision in your head will match the real-life outcome. This was the case with Punk 57. I was scared to even open my Kindle for fear of the build-up not following through with the end result.

I was so ecstatic to find out Punk 57 far exceeded my expectation! Punk 57 is one of my very top reads of the year! I do not give out an off the charts review lightly. In fact, I think I have given this rating out only one or two other times this year, so I do not hand this out lightly. This book definitely earned a place on the top reads of 2016 shelves!

Misha is one of my favorite characters Penelope has ever written! I love all the Heroes and heroines Pen writes, as she has an amazing talent of making her characters complex; letting them grow and change as the story progresses. I love that, and Misha was no exception. My heart ached for him so many times!

Ryen. Let’s talk about Ryen for a minute. The girl was a MESS underneath her carefully pressed cheer uniform! But with Pen’s penchant for writing contradictory characters that tug on your heart strings, Ryen was real. That’s one of my favorite parts of this book; it was so real! I love a good work of fiction, but I truly love it when a character hits home. I think most females out there can relate to Ryen on some level. We were all that girl in high school, the one with friends, but we were afraid to show our true colors for fear of losing our friends. We may not all have been that head cheerleader, but what most women can relate to is that need to be accepted. While reading this book, I recalled times in high school where I did the same things Ryen was doing, just trying to save face. As the book progressed, I was rooting and hoping for Ryen to do the right thing.

Watching Ryen’s character develop as the story progressed was almost as anticipatory as the relationship between Ryen and Misha, which brings me to my next anticipatory part of the book. The connection between Misha and Ryen was off the charts with sparks! The sparks between these two were flying from the first pages, and the buildup and anticipation kept me glued to my Kindle until the wee hours of the morning! I love a really great love/hate battle, and there is no one who writes a better love/hate, enemies to lovers  romance than Penelope Douglas!

Overall, I LOVED this book, and know this will be one of the few from 2016 that will make it onto my re-read shelf!

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