Friday, October 21, 2016

RELEASE DAY REVIEW + GIVEAWAY ~Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas~

Title: Punk 57
Author: Penelope Douglas
Release Date: October 21, 2016

My Rating: 6++ STARS!

"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.
This. Damn. Book. I'm effectively ruined and will be for quite some time after reading this book. Penelope Douglas once again proves that she's a mastermind at giving the reader everything they're unsure of, and exactly what they've been unknowingly dying for in a book. Punk 57 is a new adult title that gives angst a deliciously, torturous name. But more than the erotic tinges that will leave you breathless and the characters that will cause more than a few grays hairs is a world and story expertly built and executed.

Misha and Ryen were the best of friends... on paper. But fate had an devilish hand in bringing them face to face. A night that could have brought so much promise, ended in heartache. In more ways than one. But said heartache eventually led Misha and Ryen back to one another. In some of the most unconventional of terms, but nonetheless they were together. Whether both of them knew it or not. Yet both of them were not who the other was expecting... or wanting. But it seems they were exactly what the other needed.

Two wrong don't usually make a right, but two broken halves can make a whole. And that's exactly the narrative told.

The bob and weave, cat and mouse, push and pull of this book will have you downright cursing Penelope Douglas one minute and professing your undying gratitude that she delivered this story the next. It's the truest definition of an emotional rollercoaster if there ever was one. Ms. Douglas has once again captured my heart and soul within the pages of one of her books and I'm not so sure that Ryen and Misha will be gracious enough to give it back. In the meantime I will be reveling over the car wash, the Physics lab, and of course that damn drive-in.

Punk 57 is a top read of the year for me. Hands down. The twists I never saw coming, all the feels, and a flat out to die for explosively sexy couple all lend themselves to a one of a kind, fantastic read!

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and shops at Target almost daily.

Her books include the Fall Away Series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame), as well as, Corrupt and Misconduct. Please look for Punk 57, coming September 2016 and Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella), coming January 2017.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

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