If you’re looking for a budding romance for friends-turned-foes-turned-lovers, look no further than Punk 57. It’s about Misha Leray and Ryan Trevorrow – longtime pen pals who have never met in person. Until they do. . Except the only person who knows about it is Misha, and Raine is none the wiser. Kangaroo ‘yeah, I don’t know what to do. What’s the name of it? Not much.
I see a lot of Penelope Douglas on Tick Tok FYP. He is well-regarded as a writer of romantic novels and he does not disappoint Punk 57. Before reading this book, I would advise everyone to look at the warning that – trigger. There are some movies that, while they didn’t move me, could understandably move someone else.
Total Star Rating: 3.75 Stars
I admit that reading this book was pure pleasure and I can say that it meets the criteria that other readers who like books of this type are surely looking for. There’s angst, there’s a male character who’s also somewhat likable, there’s sex (as there is in many other parts of the second half), and there’s a lesson to be learned from the overall story.
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This story reminds me of movies where the actors play high school kids in their 20s or even 30s, and they all have to believe it’s true, because there are a lot of boys in high school like it’s John Tucker, right?
I mean, I wish there was someone as hot as Jesse Metcalfe, but teenagers aren’t as friendly as we’d like. to be (maybe that’s why America is very confused about appearances and intentions, but that’s another can of worms to open another time).
I can say that this particular story is very well written and worth watching.
What it’s about:
Misha and Ryan have been pen pals since 5th grade; their distinctive names fooled their teachers into thinking that each of them was of the opposite sex. Ryan is actually a woman and Misha is a man, as they discover as they correspond over time. They live in neighboring cities and talk about everything that happened in their lives, each of them becomes a special person to whom they can open up and share with anyone else.
They also share ideas and songs for Misha’s band but argue a lot on one thing they always agree on is to keep their relationship only in their letters; No one sees each other, no messages, no Facebook friend requests to see what the other looks like. They liked the anonymity. They continue throughout the high school years.
What I liked:
Mystery and twists! I will say that you can see the plot twist right away, not that it’s a secret, but the author managed to sneak in a few surprises that I actually didn’t expect; the one at the end is obviously the most shocking (not to mention tragic). The mystery of the story is that Misha comes to the city of Reyna and stays there; he is looking for something. This is revealed very slowly as the story progresses, but of course it is overshadowed by the romantic aspect of the story.
Chemistry! Ryan and Misha have a great dynamic in history. It’s a relationship whirlwind and quite unique compared to many other stories I’ve read in the romance or any fiction genre. While this may not be entirely true, especially with regard to sex, the value of pleasure is not diminished. It was fun to watch their relationship change and what they both had to do to get where it ended up.
Writing style! Going down with self-published books is a slippery slope as it can mean that the author’s style or editing may not match the works that receive traditional publication, but the author’s words cover the pages incredibly well. And it doesn’t look amateurish or wrong in any way. It’s always a shame when stuff like this distracts readers from the real story. Penelope Davis sure knows her stuff.
What I Didn’t Like:
Inappropriate romantic scenes/discussions/positions. It was very hot to read, don’t get me wrong. To be honest, I’m not sure if I can say that I don’t like it, but I still think it’s something that needs to be criticized and exposed. Spoiler alert, except it’s not true at all… Ryan and Misha are having sex… I know, I’m surprised too. Sorry for the big leak of the book… The critique is how it’s written that these two have sex like fucking porn stars.
Misha also mentions several tattoos on her body and she is only 18 years old… how can she legally get all these tattoos? Maybe he’s really in his 20s or 30s? Some of the dialogue is also a bit unrealistic, especially with the antagonist of the story who happens to date Ryan for most of the story, but some of the things he says seem serious, as I know he’s supposed to be a weird dude as well the most popular boy in school.
Overall, this is a great book of punk 57 for romance/fiction lovers. For a self-published title, it’s a very good read, and has some great points to back it up. Ryan and Misha are having a bad time, like, really bad in some way, but when you read together, you see what’s going on in their heads; it makes other people think about their behavior. Does that make sense?…No doubt, but I like the name. I am very interested in checking out other titles by the author.