Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas | BOOK REVIEW

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            Okay, so if reading that is not enough for you to PICK UP THE BOOK then continue reading the whole blog post as I state the reasons why you should read it!

            Punk 57 follows the story of two teens Misha Lare (male) and Ryen Travarrow (female), pen-pals from different schools. They first started to write to each other due to a requirement in their school, but they never stopped writing and eventually became best friends. They have their own rules, no social media, no phone numbers, and no pictures. They have no idea what each other looked like in real life, but despite this, they became closer and closer through the letters they send off to each other. Eventually, a scavenger hunt conducted by Misha’s band led to him finding out Ryen’s real identity, and it’s not something he expected.

If you’re a big fan of NA romance novels with alpha males and strong female protagonists, then this book is highly recommended for you!

Here’s the Book Description from Goodreads:

“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 sets 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. 

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I love how this book includes characters which are ultimately flawed emotionally and morally, I love how that made this book feel so raw and real. Most of the time, heroines have this innocent, timid, and kind attitude, Penelope Douglas emphasized it on the end of this book, but Ryen Trevarrow is the complete opposite of what we expect for a female protagonist and I LOVE IT. She may be flawed, pretentious, and all, but in the end, she realizes her mistakes and redeems herself. I love stories like that.

I also want to mention how Misha is so problematic and complicated at times like there were times where I constantly question his actions, but in the end, everything will be reasoned out and all will make sense. You can’t judge someone because of their actions, especially if we don’t know the whole story.


This book gave me all the feels I’ve wanted from a book! I cried I laughed, I SWOONED, I got shocked, I got angry, I felt various kinds of emotions! This is legit one of my most favorite books of all time in terms of how vivid and vibrant the emotion it possesses! I love reading books that release all the raw emotions inside of me, this is an emotional roller-coaster ride! The big reveal at the end is also so shocking I didn’t saw it coming!


Misha and Ryen’s relationship is undeniably one of the most sincere and passionate out of all the books I have read with the same genre. I love how they started as pen-pals, how they first became best friends through the letters they send off to each other, it’s just so cute how one can fall in love and crave for another person because of the presence and appreciation they give in the form of letters.

They eventually met in real life, and even though it’s not what they’re exactly expecting from each other, love still paved its way and it’s more passionate and fiery than ever! Ughh I just love it!


Bullying is a prominent issue in this book, very timely and relatable nowadays. Individuals tend to pretend to be someone who is not to gain appreciation from others, just to feel they belong. I love how this book reflects that social status especially at this age and time where people would do ANYTHING just to fit in. This book demonstrates a lesson that there’s nothing more worth it than to be who you are as a person, no more pretending, be you, you are irreplaceable.

I can’t emphasize enough how this lesson needs to be heard by a lot of people nowadays. You don’t have to change yourself just to gain the validation and acceptance of others. Be you and the right people will gravitate into your life.


This book never felt long to me, in fact, it was TOO SHORT for me. Estimated, it has roughly 290-300 pages, pretty decent for a book, but I really can’t get enough with the chemistry between the two protagonists and I’m seriously craving for more! I finished reading this book in just 1 day! It’s just so good, and it makes me sad that books like this must come to an end ☹

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Overall, I just adore this book with all my life. I can’t stress enough how much I love this book! Highly recommend this book to everyone! (18+ and above only LMAO). It’s one of the books which I rate more than 5/5 stars!!

Thanks for dropping by! Have you read Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas? What are your thoughts about it?

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