🎨 Punk 57 🎼 by Penelope Douglas

Standalone contemporary/New Adult

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. 



Review by Bubbles The Book Pimp

Childhood pen palls for seven years..they are the best of friends, confidants and tell each other everything. Ryen and Misha have never met..despite living 30 minutes apart and they never plan too!

Both are hiding secrets from each other..and yet being so honest… until a chance encounter and a heartbreaking trauma sets the two them on a collision path.

Well this is the second book I’ve read by this author… and I freaking loved it!

The blurb was interesting and as soon as I started this book I was sucked in and unable to escape.

Ryen wasn’t your typical heroine, she’s the mean girl..the bitch… but oh my god she was just so well written. A contrast of dark and light hiding the real her from the world. Being a teenager sucks, but high school sucks worse.. I didn’t like the things she did but I understood why she did them… and despite her outward mean girl persona she really was not a mean girl…misguided but not mean.

Misha… now he was also fantastic, I really liked how strong his sense of self and character was….and my heart broke into a million pieces for him.

This book was phenomenal, the originality, the story, the emotion and pain and angst was just so well crafted that I was literally blown away… not normally something that happens to me when reading young adult!! And certainly not what I was expecting! And my little book Pimp brain was shunted off to happy reading land never to return.. at least until my book hangover becomes tolerable 🤣🤣 The chemistry and energy that bounced between Ryen and Misha was just electric and I loved their interactions. The wit, the fights and the chemistry… 🔥🔥🔥🔥I loved every page.

Read this book… you won’t regret it!

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