Genre: New Adult
Author: Penelope Douglas
Release Date: October 21, 2016
5 BE YOU CROWNS
Penelope Douglas is one of my favorite writers of all-time. Her name alone makes my finger twitchy and ready to hit that one-click button. Why? Because, this author exposes truths about humanity. She isn’t scared to reveal and play with some of the darkest and seediest actions and motivations of mankind, and I absolutely love reading about it!
This author has a way of writing about characters who are jerks and females that may seem to be weak; however, they are more complex than the simple surface layer they choose to show to the public. This multi-layered characters are part of what makes her stories so intriguing.
With Punk 57, the reader encounters two characters, Mischa and Ryen, who are both struggling with demons. The heroine of the story, Ryen, is one that some readers may not like. She is in the most basic terms a bully, but she does not take enjoyment in bullying. She uses it as a way to avoid being bullied herself, and while some readers may still see this as unacceptable behavior, it is an accurate portrayal of teenage behavior. She is clearly a girl who is insecure, dying to fit in, and just wants to make it out of high school. Even with her behavior, she is still a sympathetic character, as Penelope Douglas utilizes her internal dialogue in order to showcase her true feelings. Through her thoughts the reader gets to see her insecurities, her despair at losing the only friends she was honest with, and her hatred for the bullies she runs with in her own crowd. And while it may be frustrating to watch her fall in line with the popular kids, she doesn’t stay there. Her development as a character makes her the heroine that I’ve come to love and expect from a Penelope Douglas story, and by the end of the story I love who she became with him. Just like Ryen, Mischa is fighting his own demons, which begins with a tragic event and the subsequent withdraw from life. He returns with a purpose and to reclaim items that have been taken from him. At no time does he plan to have an encounter with Ryen, but he is drawn by his hatred for the vapid and fake person she presents to the world. His anger becomes the catalyst for the story, constantly driving the two of them together. His anger and torment of the heroine have become signature traits in a Penelope Douglas hero, but the reader doesn’t even care because on some level, their behavior is justified, whether the reader believes it is or not, the character does. The torment and anger of the hero always serves as an impetus for the growth of the heroine as well as the hero. Mischa, through the misery he causes Ryen, comes to life again. His focus on revenge, on acquiring what is lost, on running away shifts. He starts to focus on staying, on living, or reconnecting with the people he once cared about. Their relationship, the good and the bad, ultimately results in the betterment of each character.
The cameo in this book is AMAZING!!! I love every single word of it, and, if I’m going to be honest, I went back and read it again. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE every single moment of this scene.
The plot of this story will have you engaged from part one. The tragedy that consumes the lives of these characters, the daily torture, and the chemistry between Mischa and Ryen will have the reader glued to the pages. Readers’ emotions will run from love to hate to anguish to surprise to joy. There will be times that readers will just stare at your book because they can’t believe what they just read. But, at the end of the story, Penelope Douglas will leave readers with a smile, because her epilogue provides the characters with the ending they deserve.
Another aspect that I love about this book is the themes. Penelope Douglas is never afraid to showcase the ugliest parts of mankind, but it isn’t all doom and gloom. In each of her stories, she shows that these people and the darkest parts of them can get better. She showcases that we can heal and become better versions of ourselves with the love of others, and this is what I absolutely love about her stories, literature in general, and about Penelope Douglas’s novels.
Penelope Douglas continues to reign supreme in my world of romance. I adore her words, her characters, her story-lines, her writing style. Her seamless blending of dark and light, hate and love, torment and peace, results in 5 CROWN goodness, and I can never get enough!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
“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+.
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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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