Punk 57

Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

4 stars

“We were perfect for each other. Until we met.”

Misha and Ryen have been pen pals since they were kids, being paired up by accident as Ryen is a boyish name and the teachers made a mistake. Over the years the two keep in touch, becoming essential to one another. But they made rules, no cell phones, no Facebook and no meeting. When Misha randomly attends a party and realizes Ryen is there, he doesn’t find what he expected.

What happens when you love someone, and then are disappointed when you meet them?

“There’s no one like you, and I can’t love you if you stop being you.”

Penelope Douglas never fails to deliver a unique and intriguing story with compelling characters. I think the timing in this book was perfect, all of the revelations and reveals happened at the right moments without feeling forced. The book had a great flow to it and once you pick it up you won’t be able to put it down.

I felt so much for Ryen for most of the book. I know what’s it’s like to have been teased and bullied in elementary school, and those scars never completely go away. I understood and related to all of her actions and feelings because I went through them myself. I think Douglas included important messages in this book, most prevalent to me was there’s more to a person than meets the eye.

“We’re all ugly, Ryen. The only difference is, some hide it and some wear it.”

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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