Punk Charming by Laura Quinn (Book Review)

Editor – Kim Richards Gilchrist
Cover Artist – Dawné Dominique


1986 – Shoulder pads are big, hair is bigger, and American college student Kate Spenser is set to embark on the biggest adventure of her life. Having been accepted to a summer study-abroad program in Oxford, England, Kate travels to Europe for the first time.
The eighteen-year-old is psyched about a summer of exploring countries on her own, experiencing new cultures, and perhaps meeting a charming young man along the way. Armed with a French-English dictionary and her Walkman loaded with Duran Duran, Kate is ready to start her adventure in France. Little does she know what awaits her when she arrives, and how she must use her wits to escape peril in Paris. Fortune favors Kate when she meets her Punk Charming, and it’s love at first sight. Now, if she could only find him again!
James Barrington meets his soul mate while on the run from Paris. Mis-cues and sabotage prevent him from reuniting with Kate, but he can never forget her. If only he had told her the truth before it was too late. Or is it?
Can true love conquer all?


 (review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 

Let me first start off this review stating that the 80’s totally rocked!! Music, movies, tv shows…..best decade ever!! Well, almost the best. I don’t miss the choking cloud of Aqua Net hairspray. 🙂 
In this tale, Laura showed her love of this decade which made the conversations between Kate and James highly entertaining. However, when they parted ways, this is when the story seemed to grow stale. They met in 1986 and reunited in 2004 so most of the story was about their near misses and David’s conniving scheme to keep them apart.
For me, the story resembled watching  a car race. You get a burst of adrenaline watching the cars take off, but after a few laps, you grow bored…. same thing over and over. It’s not until the final few laps that the adrenaline and excitement kicks back in. 
The “final laps” in Punk Charming were when Claire and Kate took to matchmaking and also turning the tables on the wanker, David. That man needed to be taken down a notch. He was a douche with a capital D. 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤

Laura Quinn is passionate about writing and traveling, and is happiest when combining the two. She is well-trained, and often outsmarted, by her beloved dog and cats. A former user of pay phones, paper maps and VHS players, she now embraces technology…and is a Pinterest addict with over 26,000 pins. Laura is a forever fan of Duran Duran (30+ years and counting!), from Walkman to iPod. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Chicago and teaches creative writing at local colleges. Laura welcomes visitors to her website at LauraQuinnBooks.com or email at LauraQuinnBooks@yahoo.com.


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6 Responses to Punk Charming by Laura Quinn (Book Review)

  1. I loved the 80's and they don't make Aqua net the same anymore , when you used it , you didn't have to worry about it falling down , the higher the better lol , this story sounds ok but I do have problems with what you called laps , that tends to make me put the book down , and hard to get thru , so Tater as ya know me , do you think I would be able to push thru it ?

  2. The 80's were a long time ago, I stayed out of pictures if I could. I did pretty good!!!!LOL I will keep this one on my may want to read list…..yes I have one of those. You never know when you will need something different to read!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

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