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Punk 57 Paperback – Oct. 18 2016
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Oct. 18 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 341 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1539427765
- ISBN-13 : 978-1539427766
- Item weight : 435 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.18 x 21.59 cm
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The past two days has been a back and forth between my and my sister, me texting her variations of "WTF?!?" several times as I read through this novel. Misha - the tortured bad boy who doesn't care about fitting in, only about being himself. Ryen - the closet geek and timid girl who hides behind a cruel facade and cares far too much about fitting in. My heart broke and jumped into my throat on several occasions as I glared, teared up, laughed, and even bared my teeth once or twice at my Kindle.
Misha and Ryen find solace and comfort in each other for 7 years whilst never meeting, only communicating via good old fashioned snail mail. The way they torture and torment each other throughout the book stole my breath away, her trying to show off for her friends while he's trying with everything in his power to find the girl he knows and loves beneath the mask.
It's heart breaking, thought provoking, gut wrenching, and raw. Two people who would probably never associate under normal circumstances coming together and sifting through the lies to finally figure out who they are.
Now I could go on for hours, but it would give the entire book away, and I really encourage you to read it. But please, I am begging you - be kind to one another. If someone is down, try to lift them back up. You don't need to be cruel to gain attention - you simply need to be you. Throughout this book, I kept thinking of a quote from a movie that I've always loved, so I'm going to leave you with it to mull over.
"Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?"
- Ian Wallace, What a Girl Wants
I didn't expect this book to be a hard read for me because of people raving how spicy it was bit but it was. Bullying tropes really get under my skin and I went in blind reading this so I didn't know that was gonna be the case. It took me until about 25% of the book to even start getting comfortable but after that the story flowed a little bit better for me.
Though through the little sniffles I had and an almost mental break down reliving my own pain through Ryen, I appreciated how flawed she was and how she persevered through everything that happened and of course her beautiful relationship with Misha... the light of this book. He was flawed but also all sorts of wonderful.
This book got me typing a review (which I seldom do) at 6am with no sleep says it all.
This book was the good kind of pain and I loved it.
Sometimes you read a book blurb and the book doesn't live up to your expectations at all. Then there are those books that the blurb gives you just enough to get you interested and then the book is such more than you expected that you just let it completely consume you. Then when it ends your feelings are a big mumble jumbled mess and you wish you had savored it more. That is this book to a T. Don't be put off by it being high school because it is so much more!!
Cannot recommend this book enough! I am forcing every romance reader I know to read it!
Penelope Douglas is now a auto-buy author for (her other books are amazing as well).
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I didn’t like Ryen. I didn’t like Misha. The idea of the story started out with potential. They’ve been pen pals since childhood but have never met. When they do meet she is nothing like the person she was in her letters. She’s nasty, fake, pretentious and an utter cow.
I get that the author meant to make her two faced but she had zero redeeming features. And where did the random Laboutins come from?
Misha is a ball of rage who blew too hot and cold for me.
Carnal sin for me in a book is to throw in some random anal action and it go from, no thanks I don’t want to do that, to let’s get is on with no prep and no lube. Let’s be real.
I kept thinking it had to get better, the potential really was there. Unghhhhh I hate it when that happens.
What a spectacular story!
I think at some point we have all been where Ryen is throughout this book, think we have all changed ourselves to suit others when we really shouldn’t have and reading this only proves that. Obviously I figured it’s out a while back (because I’m old or at least that’s what my YA’s say lol) but reading Ryen’s journey made me think back and wonder if I would have been happier growing up if I had had someone like Misha. Someone who isn’t scared to confront the truth and yes probably.
Honest to goodness this story needs to be read, it needs to be read by everyone and I’m seriously glad that I have.
Ryen isn’t a bad person. But she isn’t good. She embodies the dirty, gritty, indifferent sides of our personas. But she’s been given a chance to redeem herself. She tried to be brave. She does and acts as we might hope to act in her situation.
But it isn’t a beautiful budding love. It’s hard hitting. Misha is written well, but some of the angst we experience through Ryen don’t come across quite as well with Misha, and this is my only criticism. Misha has done his growing outside of the narrative, he’s already done a lot of his atoning. Whilst the story outside of the pages would have made this novel the weight of a concrete block, I did wish for more on that front.
That all said, I did love the story, and undoubtedly I will come back to it eventually when I’m ready to re-digest that which I missed on my first read through.
The characters where fantastic and to say that although this is a young adult book it was still brilliant, for me they really didn't appear that young at all. This book went from Friendship, then hate and then love, it was "mean" girls at its finest in my opinion and when all the cards are laid on the table it makes for a thrilling love story.
Misha and Ryen were just brilliant and for me, I would love to see a book of all that happened for them. His rise to fame and them becoming the team that we know that they are. Maybe one day, we can only hope. This book is a total recommend for me. Next up for me is Corrupt.....
I very nearly gave up on this book before page 60. I found the first half very slow but the latter half I quite enjoyed. I am glad I persevered as it did finish well, with no loose ends.
My greatest disappointment was the lack of love I had for the two main characters. I felt pity towards Reyan (the girl), and Misha (the guy) I liked at the start, hated in the main, and liked again in the last couple of chapters. I think that's what the author aims for but it didn't make for comfortable reading. There seemed to be a number of characters who just appeared with no real background, and felt a little skated over but were actually quite useful to the story.
There's a lot of passion later in the book, with high octane teenage hormones racing around, and actually as a 40 something, it took me back to the no holds barred approach to teenage life and that was nice.
What I really liked about this book was the hidden story, an event that affected Misha throughout the book but isn't really described in full till that end of the book.
So, overall it wasn't dreadful, and it did take some effort to get through but I take ownership over not reading the synopsis properly