From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Douglas, comes the latest New Adult romance of love, hate, and everything in between...
"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+.
Review by Lisa Kane
"That was the day I became this. When I started to believe that a hundred people's fickle adoration was worth more than one person's love. And for a while it felt kind of good."
Ryen Trevarrow has been confessing her most intimate thoughts to her pen pal Misha since the 5th grade. She takes all her insecure feelings and let's down her guard with him. They've never met and yet they are each other's rocks. She lives in Falcon's Well and he lives in Thunder Bay. Does Thunder Bay sound familiar? If you've read Corrupt then you know this is the playing ground for Rika and her four horsemen. (there just may be a few pop up scenes with our favorite bad boys and the girl they all love)
The first year, we were required to write each other as part of a fifth grade project, pairing students in her class with students in mine.
But after the school year ended, we didn't stop. Even though we live less than thirty miles away from each other and have Facebook now, we continue to communicate this way because it keeps it special.
Now in her senior year of high school she's no longer an outcast. She was once the girl who was last chosen for teams, the invisible one that the popular girls ignored. But now she's one of the mean girls-the one who belittles others to stay in control. That control which is superficial.
There's a lot going on with Misha Lare. He's always relied on Ryen for inspiration for his music.
She's my muse, and she has to know it by now. I've been using her as a bouncing board for years, sending her lyrics to read.
He and his father have a complicated situation but he adores his younger sister, Annie. She's the overachiever in the family. Always pushing herself to be the best, to shine the brightest. There's nothing he wouldn't do for her. His band Cipher Core is based out of Thunder Bay. They are enjoying a growing fan base and are doing a scavenger hunt event. Who else do you think is going to be that night?
Things get really complicated after this point. Complications always seem to attract heart ache and someone always manages to get hurt. I have to admit, warming up to Ryen is hard, really hard. But then I have to remind myself she is in high school-everyone screws up in high school. We crave the acceptance while trying to find ourselves. Our emotions are all over the place, and people rarely have their heads on straight during those four years. Ryen's treatment of those kids outside her clique is sickening, but even she knows that. Sometimes it takes some people longer than others to find their voice.
"Because I was a kid and I thought there was something more. I traded friends I didn't think were good enough for friends for friends who really aren't good enough."
There's going to be a reckoning for both Ryen and Misha. Both are going to have to confront their deceptions and pay the price. In the end will the price be too high?
"I'm not sure I could ever give you up again."
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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 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, releases October 21, 2016, and Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella) is coming in 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.
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