Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas
Publication Date: October 21, 2016
“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.
I love, love, love, loved this book!
This is my second time reading a book from Penelope Douglas and I can tell you that this is definitely a book that I would re-read multiple times. Ryen and Misha are such likable characters and so easy to relate to and to understand. The connection that they have with each other throughout the entire book was unbelievably unbreakable and so genuine. I thought they had great chemistry, lots of sexual tension and were truly soulmates. Penelope Douglas is such a talented writer. She crafts her stories and characters into this perfect ball that has touching themes, deep meanings and surprises around every corner. This is definitely a book you want to read in one sitting because it’s so easy to get caught up into. Highly recommend this!
Another book to add to my shelf!
About the Author:
Hi! My name is Penelope Douglas, and I write romance. New adult, erotica, a little contemporary… Really whatever is calling me at the moment. I believe a good writer can spin any story in a way with which you’ll connect, and I endeavor to do just that with every book I write. Not many topics are too taboo for me. I love breaking rules, and I love taking myself out of my comfort zone.
Why is that, you ask?
Well, there is a reason for everything.
I could tell you where I was born, how many siblings I have, or which hobbies I enjoy, but none of that really tells you about someone’s life. Experiences do.
As an adolescent, I was quiet, shy, and afraid. No mistakes could be made, because people would hate me or I’d be alone. So rather than run, I walked. Rather than climb, I kept my feet on the ground. And rather than say “yes,” I always said “no.” And as a result, I didn’t live.
And I still felt disposable, fearful, and alone.
What would they say about me when I was gone? Would I have regrets? Every day that I didn’t blaze a trail swallowed me up.
So I decided I wouldn’t be invisible or waste another second. I left home, went to college, and traveled. I took trains from Atsugi to Tokyo all by myself. I jumped Hiji Falls when others joked I wouldn’t do it. (I did it twice.) I climbed Mt. Fuji, and I moved to New Orleans for graduate school without knowing a single person in the city. I did what I dreamed, and I was a lot happier.
I don’t worry so much anymore, and I don’t let others’ opinions hold me back.
Be yourself, and OWN it. You know what that means? Be loud and proud. Nurture who you are and good things will come. Most importantly, your happiness.
Facts about Me:
- I love taboo! I love to read it and write it, although I write non-taboo as well.
- Music is my biggest inspiration. My stories all have playlists, and I am influenced more by music that any other form of art or any other authors.
- I need time to give you a story. Good books aren’t written fast, and I often recharge with an occasional standalone in the middle of a series. If you have ideas about how long you think a book should take or what a writer’s schedule should be, I wanted to be upfront about that. In the end, you’ll be happier with a good book rather than a fast one.
- I really love the rain. Like, really love it. A lot.
- I have a BA in Public Administration from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s in Education from Loyola University New Orleans.
- I was a teacher for eight years.
- I love road trips. It’s one of my favorite things in the world.
- My favorite movies are The Karate Kid and Dead Poets’ Society.
- My favorite writers are Erin Morgenstern, Stieg Larsson, and Marie Lu.
- I really love scary movies! I rewatch the Halloween franchise every year.