“We were perfect together. Until we met.”
I can’t help but smile at the words 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 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+*
Ryen Trevarrow wasn’t always like this. She used to be the girl on the outside looking in. Not anymore. She’s turned into something that deep down she really hates but the thought of being lonely cuts her to the core.
The only person who knows the real person inside is her long time pen pal, Misha. She spills her truth to him in every letter and for the last seven years, he has been her touchstone. And then one day his letters just stop.
Without his words to sustain her, she’s once again numb to the world at large. Until a mysterious new student with an equally mysterious name dares her to open her eyes.
I know it’s pathetic to want a place among other people, and I know you’ll say it’s better to stand alone and be right than stand in a crowd and be wrong, but... I still feel that need all the time. Do you ever feel it?
All Misha Lare ever wanted was to play his music. And just when his band Cipher Core gets their first taste of success, tragedy brings his dreams to a crushing end.
Now all he wants are answers and revenge. His master plan includes a new identity, a new school and possibly bending a few laws. But he’s not prepared to find that the girl that once meant so much to him is nothing more than a heartless follower.
He’s going to show her once again who she truly is and he doesn’t care how painful it’s going to be. Because when all is said and done, pain is only just a stunning reminder that you’re still alive.
Eventually we all have to weigh what we want more: wanting back what we had or wanting what could be. To stay or to risk everything to move forward.
With Punk 57, Penelope continues to be the Queen of all things “Creepy Hot”! It’s a hard-hitting highly emotional romance with a delicious sinister underbelly that’s designed to both thrill and intrigue. But it also demands that you step outside your own comfort zone and see the world through different eyes.
And if you only take one thing from this brilliantly crafted story – please make it this:
You’re not alone. It gets better. You are important, and you can’t be replaced. Hang on.
About The Author -
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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