From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Douglas, comes the latest New Adult romance…
“We were perfect together. Until we met.”
I can’t help but smile at the lyrics 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 phone number or picture or something.
He could be gone forever.
Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.
*Punk 57 is a stand alone New Adult romance. It is suitable for ages 18+.
RELEASED OCTOBER 21, 2016!
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About the Book!
Pen pals, something lots of people have had at some time during elementary school is the focal point of this story. However, these pen pals have been writing each other for years and years and are no longer little. Paired because their names made them sound like two young boys, these two realized early on that Misha was a boy, and Ryen a girl. Over the years they have become each others best friends. You kind of have to suspend belief a bit when you realize they live only thirty miles apart and have still never met or even called or looked on Facebook for each other. That was their deal. Keep it a secret. When Misha actually meets Ryen one night before his band’s show, he thinks she is faking not knowing who he is. But she isn’t, and what he finds in her is not what he thought to be true about her. So he doesn’t tell her. And he proceeds to never write her again. On Ryen’s part, she can’t understand why he has dropped her. Of course there wouldn’t be a story if they never met again.
Ryen is beautiful, a cheerleader, and very popular. She’s part of that group all high schools have of the popular, but at times not so nice people. She’s eighteen and actually not really happy with herself. She seems to be self confident, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Misha is a member of a local rock band, has already graduated early, and is more than a little bit handsome. He believed Ryen to be sweet, maybe a bit shy,intelligent,and someone that hates the very type of person she actually is. The two together bounce lyrics for Misha’s music off each other. Over the years, she has become his muse. So when she is everything that he doesn’t like in a person, it throws him for a loop.
If it sounds like I have told you a lot about the story-not even close would be my answer. So much happens to both characters along the way. The title may seem weird but I promise, it’s pretty perfect. Both characters are flawed, and one in particular is heartbroken in their real life. This made for a deeper story with several twists, turns, and secrets along the way.
It does end up being a good, but very emotional romance. Don’t write this off as a teenage romance because while it does have some high school stuff, it also addresses things like bullying, mean teens, and even a huge loss. Definitely not your typical teen romance, and actually should fall in the New Adult category. I ended up loving the whole thing. If you are a crier, I would definitely have a box of tissues on hand, because it is packed with an emotional, heartfelt story.
Recommended for adult readers due to intense sensual scenes. Amazing book!
The review copy of this book was purchased by the reviewer.
About Penelope Douglas
Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into ten languages and include the Fall Away Series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame), as well as Corrupt and Misconduct. Her New Adult romance, Punk 57, will release in October 2016 and Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella) is coming January 2017.
She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and shops at Target almost daily. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.