Review: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas
Punk 57 is not your average nostalgic high school romance. And it is definitely not for children. Relying on emotionally charged and unrealistic scenes, stereotypical characters and eighteen year olds whose sexual lives match that of an experienced and adventurous adult, this feels more like a clumsy attempt to create porn for people who didn't fit in at high school. Misha is the worst kind of bully and his behaviour toward Ryen is tantamount to sexual abuse, as can be observed in a scene where he manipulates her into kissing him, and then parts with the comment, 'You taste like shit.' For reasons that are completely beyond me, Ryen falls for him anyway. Apparently that's okay, because Misha soon discovers that she has reasons for acting the way she does, and now she's trying to change just for him. As for Misha, it turns out that he has more than one reason for enrolling at the school and that side of the story seems completely ludicrous and feels resoundingly unfinished at the end of the novel, even after the big confrontation and reveal. I found many of the scenes to be overly emotional and very unrealistic.
Overall, a disappointing read.