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Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Penelope Douglas comes the latest new adult romance with a bit of everything...friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, and a somewhat interesting use of public places.

Misha

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 had only 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--k it. I need to meet her.

I just don't expect to hate what I find.

Ryen

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.

©2016 Penelope Douglas (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Insightful

Easy to listen to.
Great to go through the process of growing making masses and reflection.
So jealous if the strong friendship they had.
Absolutely lovely story. some hot bits.

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  • Abigail French
  • 13-09-17

Way better than expected

What does Laurie Catherine Winkel and Matthew Holland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

These two performers were amazing. The story would not have been as emotional and intriguing without their performances.

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I don't know why now, but I had been hesitant about buying this book even though it had been on my wish list for several weeks. The description is very minimal compared to the all the twists, turns, and emotions that were felt when reading it. Both characters are likable, even despite Ryen's "I'll walk over people if I have to" attitude; however, Misha's character was wonderfully written and I really found myself liking him more and more throughout the book. I've seen other reviews referring to him as arrogant and controlling, but I think he really had a good reason to be that way towards Ryen and I like that he treated her that way because of his own moral standpoint and outlook on life and how people should be treated. If you are hesitant about reading it, go for it! It was definitely worth it. This was one of my favorites and I've been an audible member for a few months now. I definitely recommend it.

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  • Tish Materna
  • 10-07-17

Didn't see it coming!

High school was not where I wanted to really go with this story. The main characters were far from high school but the secondary characters were definitely high school. The story has so many twist that I found myself surprised at the end. It was so easy on the ears that I could not stop listening.

Laurie Winkle was very believable in this story of Ryen. I like how she didn't change her voice a whole lot between characters. It made me think of how I would read the story to myself.

Matthew Holland, his voice was like silk. I will be looking for his voice for future books.

I will be listening again when credits are gone and money is tight. Or just sick of searching for new.

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  • I HATE THIS NEW LOOK
  • 21-07-17

WOW !!!! JUST WOW!!! THIS BOOK WAS SO GREAT 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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I am awe struck bcuz this is highschool. This book was so good from start to finish. I was on the edge of my seat. This was worth the credit and the narration is excellent. There is not enough good words to say about this book. Just Enjoy

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  • Audiobook Addict
  • 16-04-18

4 Punk 57 Stars

I was searching the “Dark” genre under the romance package and this was on the last page, I was intrigued I saw all the hype when this first came out and thought oh I need to read that I just never did.

I am very glad I picked it up, it was different than I was expecting. I want to say it is like Penelope’s Bully but it really isn’t there was a lot more going on.

Misha and Ryen are characters that are truly meant for each other in some really odd ways.
I will say I like Ryen at the beginning but not so much in the middle but that got turned around again to like by the end. I feel like having my emotions turn around makes me like the characters that much more.

Misha was intriguing to me, he was this cool guy but he was mysterious too. You wanted to know his story and why he was doing the things he was.

Ryen’s cliché is interesting there are a few I would like to know more about.

Would I say this is a “dark” romance not really but who am I. I really did enjoy it and do like the frenemies’ trope it was fun.

I liked the narration nothing jumped out at me but I think they both did a good job at keeping me engaged.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

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  • Denise
  • 03-01-18

Surprisingly a good listen!

I had toyed with listening to this story for a few months. I finally decided to listen and I am glad I did! This story is a young adult (sort of). The sex scenes were hot, unexpected in a high school story. However, this story is well written. The characters and sub-characters are interesting and the love story believable. I would recommend this story for a credit or sale! Definitely better than most available audio's at the moment!

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  • Shannon Cole
  • 06-08-17

Top Listen for 2017!! A Must for Audio Lovers!!

What did you love best about Punk 57?

The story flowed from one page to the next. The characters were unforgettable!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Punk 57?

The entire book is memorable! Punk 57 is at the top of my favorites list!

Which character – as performed by Laurie Catherine Winkel and Matthew Holland – was your favorite?

Both narrators were amazing.
I loved Misha and Ryen.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It gave me all the feels. The strongest feelings were excitement and anticipation of what was to come.

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My full review...
I absolutely LOVED this book!!
I don't even know where to start.
Penelope Douglas knocked it out of the park with Punk 57!!
This was different than anything I've ever read before.
The characters, the flow, the twists, turns, and dialogue.
It was all the right ingredients mixed together to serve up the perfect story and like a woman starved, I DEVOURED it page after page!!!

Misha and Ryen are introduced to each other in elementary school as part of a pen-pal project. But when the year ends, the two find their connection doesn't.
They continue to write and find comfort in each other.
As years pass they agree it's best if they never meet. They've built such a strong bond and confide in each other and neither want to risk losing what they share.
But when tragedy strikes and plans change, Ryen finds herself the prey of the new kid in school. Mason. He's quiet but confident. He's cocky but reserved. He's cautious but protective. He's
As Ryen walks the line of the girl she pretends to be and the girl she wants to be, she finds she's tired of living a lie.
But at what cost will it come to for the truth to unfold.

Secrets, lies, bullies, and backstabbing, the weight of it all begins to change the relationship between Misha and Ryen. And with that, becomes Ryen and Mason.

I can't tell you much without giving away the story so I'll tell you the most important part of my review...
You absolutely, positively, 100%, without a doubt, NEED to read this book!!!

I listened to this on audio.
I was introduced to Narrators Laurie Catherine Winkel and Matthew Holland and highly enjoyed their performance.
As soon as I started listening, I was HOOKED!!
Both narrators are amazing!!
I will definitely be listening to audiobooks by them in the future.

When an author finds the perfect narrators to tell their story, the characters come to life and the story becomes so much more than just another book. It comes alive with emotion, with lessons, and truths. It brings about feelings that derive straight from your heart.

Punk 57 was all that and more...

Punk 57 has earned a spot on my all time favorites list!!!

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  • Amazonlover
  • 07-07-17

Penelope Douglas does it again!!!

I loved this book!! I read it when it first came out and couldn’t wait for the audio version!!! The narrators nailed it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-02-18

Why did I put off reading this for so long!!!

I had this book for about two months before I finally decided to read it. Now that I have I want a kick myself for not immediately reading this book!! The story was emotional it had a couple of plot twist I did not see coming, but it was a really really well thought-out and developed story. I won't give any spoilers but Misha and Ryen are characters I wish I had known in high school that I could have been friends with. I can relate so much to the turmoil of the heroine and not having friends and feeling like you don't fit in. This is a great read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-18

I enjoyed it and binge listened!

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I'm usually not the type to enjoy books this steamy, most of the time I try to skip through those parts, but since there was dialogue I really couldn't. Overall the book kept my interest, pulled me in and just kept me there. I binged... literally. Usually I just listen to books at work or in the car, but this one had me listening through me friday workday- then friday night, then again saturday! Which is very unusual. I like how the book kept you guessing. It doesn't seem like it at first but then it all comes together so well near the end. Most of these books don't do that very well. I give props to the narrators as well. While I typically struggle with narration, this was pretty good! I could only downgrade for the way Matthew Holland constantly made the ends of his words and sentences sound so cheesily "rocker tough guy". I enjoyed the characters, the dynamics between them, all of it. It's one of those books I think I need to re-read in book format next!

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  • Maria
  • 12-02-18

Punk 57

Massive fan of this author, really enjoyed this book but the narrative wasn't my favourite.
Laurie was suitable for Ryen but I didn't think Matthew was appropriate for Misha, he come across much older than the 17 yrs.

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