Punk Charming Review by Cocktails and Books – “Perfect Summer Reading”

REVIEW: PUNK CHARMING BY LAURA QUINN

POSTED APRIL 24, 2016 BY JOELLE

Cocktails and Books received this book for free from Provided by Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

 What can I say about the 80’s? I loved them, I loved the music, the fashion and everything about them! Reading Punk Charming was like taking a step back in time. Not only did Quinn reference much of the beloved music of the 80’s by some of my favorite bands, she alluded to current events as well other pop culture trends I had almost forgotten about. Aside from the 80’s throwbacks, this story of “the one that got away” is one anyone can relate to even if they didn’t grow up during that time period. Kate has the opportunity to study abroad at Oxford during college. She is excited to travel and explore on her own. She is independent, smart and adventurous. While on her travels, she meets a punk guy on the train-spiked hair, beat-up leather jacket, Doc Martens and the attitude to match. James and Kate spend some magical-albeit brief time together. It is love at first sight to the max! However, the universe seems to conspire against them in every attempt to reconnect.

Quinn’s story is written in an entertaining way. Her characters are well-developed—readers will love to hate David!—and likeable (except David). She finds very creative ways to keep James & Kate just out of each other’s reach. Just when you think they will find each other again, catastrophe strikes! This is a cute, fun read. I enjoyed the 80’s references as well as all things British Quinn exposed me to. I recommend this one for a light read—perfect summer reading!

Joelle

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