[Review] Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas
by Penelope Douglas
Published: October 18th 2016
I don't even know where to start. This is the first time I read anything from Penelope Douglas and I just can't get enough. The book is about two pen pals, Ryen and Misha, who got paired at school in fifth grade, as an exercise when they mistakenly thought Misha is a girl and Ryen is a boy. Finding a great connection that they never had with anyone else in real life, they kept on writing to each other for seven years. That is until Misha found out who Ryen really is in real life.
"We're all ugly, Ryen. The only difference is, some hide it and some wear it."
The first thing I noticed about this book before I read it (through reviews) is that the heroine, Ryen, is the Regina type, basically the main B of high school. This may be a turn off to some people, but if anything it actually convinced me that I really need this book. Call me crazy, but I am just so sick of the typical heroine who are sweet, innocent, and all kind of good who later got paired with this popular jock (input eye roll). Because guess what? being selfish makes you real. I believe even the nicest people out there have at least one or two things that they did that they're not proud of. And as much as I want to hate Ryen for what she did, I can't help but understand where she's coming from. It was a really bold move to set Ryen into someone that is not easy to love (she said that in her notes), and I love it. There was just something special to be able to delve into a villain's head for once, and to see that you don't have to be perfect to earn your happy ending. And Misha. To be honest there are time where I just want to kick him in the shin but I just can't stop myself for loving him! The way Penelope had developed the characters are simply amazing.
The plot sequence are definitely perfect. There wasn't a single paragraph that felt stretched or unnecessary. Pair it with the unique plot, great characters and writing style, this book is an easy five star for me. Overall, even though it can be hard for some people to understand the heroine's point of view, and get through the whole book without any lingering hatred for her, I am totally and absolutely recommending this. If I can forget and read this all over again, I would, that's how much it had made an impact to me.
Note this though, don't repeat my mistake. If you do decide to pick this book up, don't read it when you're PMS ing. You'll find yourself confused for crying and laughing in the span of five minutes, and the next thing you know, you have an empty bottle of wine in your right hand. Don't judge. But yeah, this book is so great, I don't know what to do with myself now.