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Punk 57

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  63,389 ratings  ·  6,844 reviews
"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 fi
Kindle Edition, 343 pages
Published October 21st 2016 by Penelope Douglas LLC (first published October 18th 2016)
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Penelope Douglas
Feb 15, 2016 marked it as finished-writing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

Chapter 1 Excerpt!!-Unedited

The heroine is at a warehouse party where they're having a scavenger hunt to raise money for a local band's summer tour. She finds herself face to face with Misha, who she's trying to ask to help her complete tasks for the hunt. But she doesn't know who he is. The boy she's been writing since she was eleven but never met. He knows it's her, though, since he recognized her name on the event check-ins on Facebook <3


I look at Ryen, both of us locked in an awkward si
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4 Stars

I haven't been in a reviewing mood lately.

I have had a lot going on at home and at I think I have an ear infection that I have been assuming was a headache or something else for a while now.

For some reason - I blame the blonde - I had it in my head that only kids got ear infections.


Being that I had ear infections on the frequent regular as a youngling - and had tubes in my ear twice - you would think this option wold have occurred to me much sooner.

Oh well.

Maybe I'll get
chan ☆
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, new-adult, book-bfs, 2019
eventually we all have to weigh what we want more: wanting back what we had or wanting what could be

the good
To start, this book completely wrecked me. It was one of those stay-up-til-2-but-wait-please-don't-end kind of reads. There was so much that I loved about this, and I'm sure this review isn't going to be entirely objective, but bear with me.

This book is about the difference between being accepted by the "acceptable" people in your life/school/society and having the courage to accept yourse
➳My mind is blown away... My emotions are running everywhere... My body is reacting with tingling feelings... But most of all, my knowledge is well aware that Penelope Douglas is the true definition of THE best NA/Romance author!

➳Penelope Douglas starts of this wonderful story with an even more wonderful prologue. It hooked me for sure! Penelope has this odd/dark/mysterious sense of writing that its rather unique and admirable because you do not read books like these in the New Adult/Romance
• Jodi Bibliophile •
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
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I don’t quite know how to start off with this review.

Simply because I’ve never quite read a fucking book like this one.

That’s Penelope Douglas for you, that woman is in a league all on her own.

I didn’t just love it, I FUCKING LOVED IT!

Not gonna lie I had no fucking clue what this book was about, all I knew is that Penelope Douglas wrote it and that’s all I needed to know. So I went in completely fucking blind and was opened up something very fucking powerful.

This story is POWERFUL and it sen
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This was one of those over-the-top high school stories that I could not put down. 'Punk 57' is my latest guilty pleasure. I enjoyed every implausible, melodramatic moment!

Misha Lare and Ryen Trevarrow have been pen-pals for years, ever since their teachers mistakenly thought they were the same gender in elementary school and assigned them as pen-pals for a class project. They've been writing to one another ever since. Over the years,
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Ever since I read Bully, I became an instant Penelope Douglas fan. The woman speaks right to my inner angst junky. It certainly doesn't hurt matters that she also manages to create the perfect alphahole heroes in every book I read by her. Having loved her Falling Away series and all the others as well, to say that this book is right up there with Bully for me is a lot. Because Bully continues to be one of my top favorites by her. But the
mel ☽
reread4.5 stars

me to misha and ryen when they're out here writing handwritten letters to each other, while im here stuck with the likes of tinder boys who thinks texting "dtf" or "u down 2 netflix n chill" is romantic


must be nice.

anywho. i LOVE rereading this. i just felt a wave of nostalgia wash over me because these were good times.

honestly, im just gonna come out and say it but i miss this kind of new adult romance where the characters have so much depth and the story is unique and i
Jennifer Kyle
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars


Penelope Douglas delivers an extremely pertinent story that if she clipped down the sex scenes which are very graphic and over the top, this story would surely do well with the teen crowd. The message is brilliant and the story worth reading and so relevant to the struggles teens face today with bullying and losing your identity to fit in.

My favorite quote of the story is:

”This is a big ass world, and when we leave our small towns, we’re going to find our tribe. If we don’t stay tr
i think i do a pretty good job at being able to separate things i would tolerate in reality from things that happen in a book. but for some reason, i just couldnt do it this time. ive read problematic romances before and really enjoyed them. but i just couldnt click with this story.

after reading the synopsis, what i really wanted was a story like ‘dirty letters,’ but what i actually got was something more along the lines of ‘vicious.’ the obnoxious bullying and verbal abuse directed to
Chelsea Humphrey
"It feels like shit to be alone. To be in a place full of people and feel like they don't want you there. To feel like you're at a part you weren't invited to. No one even knows your name. No one wants to. No one cares."

Friends, this review is going to get a little personal. I could go on and on about how this book blew my mind because of it's connection to the world of Corrupt, or because the romance was perfectly flawed and refreshingly damaged, but I'm going to go in a slightly different dire
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}
(BR w/Mel)

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There’s one thing I have come to know about Penelope Douglas and that is she can deliver teen angst like no other. I loved BULLY when I read it several years ago and Punk 57 definitely has the same flavor as that book. I felt like I was thrown back into High School, feeling all the same insecurities over how I was being perceived by my peers and also crushing on that one mysterious and hot bad boy that all the girls had their ey
Pearl Angeli
5 Stars!

Rarely have I read a book as raw and amazing as this one. Punk 57 was quite possibly one of the best books that I have read this year. Such well-constructed storyline. Such real characters that are flawed yet redeemable. Such unique plot twist. It's packed full of everything. HATS OFF, PENELOPE DOUGLAS!

"Do you notice that, too? How all of us just want to get through life as quickly and easily as possible? And even though we know that without risk there's no reward, we're still so
Ramona Popescu
I recently read an interview with Penelope in which she told the readers that her writing and creative process are slow, but the result will be worthy. Believe me, she was right:) I've read Corrupt last year and after that book I waited for her next one like air, wondering what will her new story be.
Punk 57 is an amazing book with a strong message. I always focused on the book's message, even when the story is not very satisfying for me. But in this case, nothing went wrong, everything was flawl
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

5 Brilliant stars

"They'll never matter to us,Ryen.
No one knows how this feels."

Wow I'm speechless this was fantastic!!I loved every minute of Punk 57!!! I don't think I'll forget this story!! Intense,unique,super hot like no other book and compelling!!!


Misha and Ryen were two perplexed characters who fitted perfectly together.They were like two pieces of a puzzle.Each of them has something that the other needed!They were full of tension,angst and passion.

"I don't w
★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★

OMG I LOVED! LOVED. There were so many important messages in this book, I thought it was such a perfect example of how difficult it is, especially in the current social climate, what with Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat being such a huge part of young people's lives, for kids to grow up to be accepting of themselves, and learn that unless you can enjoy your own company and be the person you want to be, you will never truly be happy. Bullies are everywhere and it's so difficu
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penelope Douglas can write. Captivatingly. Otherwise, I wouldn't have continued to read a story that I'd initially labelled: #dramallama #TravisMaddoxWannabe.
Sorry, Penelope!

I've had a negative relationship with most YA/NA books and my theory is that the YA genre is all cookie-cutter-copy-and-paste. Douglas burned that bias. To a crisp! I, all of a sudden, could sympathize with these teenagers. Because Douglas made me feel their pain; the peer pressure; the need to not be the butt of jokes; th
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4 STARS⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

So......ok......I wasn't aware that the story was based on 18 year olds in high school. If I did, nine times out of 10 times I would not have read it. I can do college stories, no problem, but high school...IDK.

I have my reasons for it but my main one is that I love, love, love my "book boyfriends" and there is no way I can have a high school book boyfriend. That's just creepy....I'm too old for that.

....but Misha turned out to be so freaking awesome. He surprised me that'
Yeasmin Alo
This is my thrid book I read of Penelope Douglas
Among the three I think it is the best one
I enjoyed it a lot
Enjoy is not the right word
I was intrigued the whole time

But the Issues I have with Penelope Douglas's Plots

1.When something bad happens in your life you cope up with it by hurting your loved ones 😴😴!!!!
Instead of confiding in your loved ones you will abandon them or harass them?
What is this?
She did that in Bully
Now she repeated the same thing here too
Pls get creative with your plots
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melanie by: Jessica
“Alone, Empty, Fraud, Shame, Fear”

Punk 57 is such a unique romance between two people who have only ever known each other as pen pals. Both of our main protagonists, Misha and Ryen, have gender neutral names, which caused them to be paired together, from different schools, seven years ago. Now they are both eighteen, and have both agreed never to add or look up each other on any form of social media or no exchanging numbers, but they continue to write letters and have no plans of qui
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I read this book for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2017 Reading Challenge. For more info about what this is, click here.

You know when you're ordering a really strong drink from a bar, and it's got a lot more alcohol in it than you thought, to the point that you can almost taste the hangover over the rum and artificial fruit, and you think to yourself, "This is a bad idea" but then drink it anyway, and order another because
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
Punk 57 is a story about two high school seniors, Ryen and Misha, that have been friends since they were paired as pen pals by their teachers in the fifth grade. Although they only live one town away from each other, they agreed not to connect on social media or meet in person. Ryen was afraid that it would ruin what they had, which was something precious to both of them. Through their letters they had become best friends, and each other’s primary support system.

Everything changes the night Ryen
4–Thought Provoking–Stars


Punk 57 is a well written, thought provoking and mostly realistic portrayal of the pressure that many adolescents face to socially fit in.

This book would have easily been a 5 star read for me if it wasn't for the sex scenes that felt more like they belonged in an adult erotic romance (with 30 year old characters) than in a story that's main focus is high school teens. For me, the unrealistic sex scenes distracted from the important and poignant message the author was tr
Paige ♠
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
W O W ! I could not put this book down. It was so good. This is exactly the type of high school drama that I'm still able to enjoy 😂

RYEN WAS A QUEEN and I have not read such an amazing MC in a long time. She reminded me so much of Blair Waldorf, who just so happens to be one of my all-time favorite characters ever.


Ryen is a "mean girl" whose attitude is the result of insecurity that she will be disliked and ostracized by her peers - so to ensure she stays on top, she's always putting other peo
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I didn't hate this one as much as I thought I would, but I am definitely confident in saying that Penelope Douglas is just Not For Me. I can totally see why people really love this book, but I have found that I'm really just not a fan of ~*dark*~ romances and that's okay! ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!

I really loved this one! I listened to the audio and it was fantastic xoxox
Apr 29, 2021 rated it did not like it
Punk 57's Guide to a Perfect Romance:
- (Rae's Notes From Reading Punk 57) -
✅ Abusive and manipulative and lying piece of trash for a male lead (nothing screams 'bad boy' more than a guy who emotionally manipulates you and makes you cry)
✅ A stupid and annoying and self-centered main girl
✅ Girl hate cuz girls are obviously out there to tear themselves apart, smh (is this book set in an alternate universe where girls are genetically born to hate each other- whatever happened to feminism??)
✅ S
Stacey is Sassy

A story without fault…just not right for me.

***3.5 Stars***

I hated high school. I know a lot of people say that but I REALLY MEAN IT!! My fondest memory from high school was walking out and knowing I NEVER had to come back. I remember one good teacher. Mrs Mac treated us like adults, never talked down to us and always made us feel like our opinions mattered. I don't remember much else, but maybe I just blanked out the rest. So, what made me sign-up to read and review PUNK 57, a high school roman
Dilek VT
Well, finishing to read this book was one of the hardest struggles for me – reading-wise...

3 stars out of 2,5...

I started this book kind of blind, having seen all “5 star” ratings but I wish I had known what it was about because then I would never have started it. Not that it was a bad book; it was OK, but because it was not appropriate for my age, I didn’t enjoy my time with it at all.

It is all teen drama...

Bullying and humiliating
Need for recognition, adoration and inclusion
Nov 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The torture is finally over.

It all started when I needed a quick ebook to read during my commute to and from work (hardcovers aren't really public transport-friendly). I didn't realize this was the same author of Bully until today, otherwise I wouldn't have picked this up at all. I was tempted to DNF it SO MANY TIMES, but I decided to finish it so I could write a proper review because I feel like someone needs to speak up about everything that's wrong with Punk 57. I can't believe all the 5-sta
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Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, Birthday Girl, Credence, and Tryst Six Venom. Please look for Falls Boys and Motel, coming next.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their dau

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