Release Blitz (Book Review & Giveaway): Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

 

Punk 57

{BOOK REVIEW}
Title: Punk 57
Author: Penelope Douglas @PenDouglas
Reviewer: Grace

 Genre: New Adult

 Release Date: October 21, 2016

 Rating: 5 stars

 

Synopsis

From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Douglas, comes the latest New Adult romance of love, hate, and everything in between…

“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

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.

Ryen

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 ages 18+.

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Grace Review

A totally unexpected story, with a strong message about the struggles to fit in and find oneself, while staying true to oneself. This had all the components of a great Penelope Douglas story – the hate to love element, steamy scenes, a kick ass playlist, and strong character development. However, with this book, the author has stepped up her game with a deeper and thought provoking theme, given us a story that is easy to relate to, one that gets you thinking about your own experiences growing up.

This story centers on the power of the written word.
Letters with a pen pal.
Messages left on a school wall.
How the loss of one form of expression leads to another.
How even the smallest words carry meaning.
Alone
Empty
Fraud
Shame
Fear

I polish up my sheen, but you can’t shine shit. – Punk

While those words are based on perception, and how one character views the other in a new light, this book is a whole lot deeper.

Ultimately, this story focuses on:
Acceptance
Bravery
Identity

“You don’t know me.”
“Does anyone?”

Ryen is an interesting heroine. It’s likely you won’t like her at first, as she shows her ugly side. But I promise you, give her the time. There’s a lot of beauty she is hiding. That beauty is clear on paper, when she exposes her true self to Misha and the two form a unique friendship over the years. Unfortunately for Ryen, the friendship is put to the test when their communication breaks down.

Eventually we all have to weigh what we want more: wanting back what we had or wanting what could be.  To stay or to risk everything to move forward.

There are so many layers to this story as Ryen’s character is exposed. We see the lies and hate she spews, just to fit in. The horrible people she surrounds herself with – Lyla and Trey are easy to hate. Everything changes though, when one boy comes along and forces her to reevaluate her actions. In addition, he holds her accountable for the hurt she has caused others.

“Do you lie to him?”
“Yes,” I reply honestly.  “He gets the version of me I want to be.”

Misha fits perfectly with the previous Alphas from this author. A bad boy, who may come off as cold, but really has a good heart. He’ll have you (as he had Ryen) hot and bothered. Unlike Trey, he has a purpose beyond seeking pleasure. He also has a talent, inspired by one specific girl.

This story had the added bonus of a huge twist that I didn’t see coming. I love being surprised. The clues are there if you are paying attention, but it definitely caught me off guard, while answering a lot of questions I had along the way.

Based on the synopsis, I had no idea what I was getting into with this book. Even reading it, the message behind this story takes time to develop. If you aren’t familiar with the author’s previous work, particularly Bully, give this story time. Yes, there’s a whole lot of ugly exposed in this book and you’ll easily hate some of the words and actions by the heroine. But trust me, there is a reason for everything and the overall theme is inspiring. I loved that the author stepped out a bit with this story, yet still stayed true to her writing style. Fans of her work also might enjoy a little character overlap. I know I squealed. ; )

Because of course, saying you’re sorry is easy.  Facing the shame is where atonement begins.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

 

 

About
Penelope

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into ten languages and include the Fall Away Series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame), as well as Corrupt and Misconduct. Her New Adult romance, Punk 57, releases October 21, 2016, and Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella) is coming in January 2017.

She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and shops at Target almost daily. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

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