• Punk Love

  • A Teenage Story
  • By: L.J. Shen
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Edwin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (804 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A funny, angsty, inspired-by-true-a-story novella about first love, first relationship, and all the other...firsts.

What happens when your first love is doomed and has an expiration date?

Find out with Lana.

©2021 L.J. Shen (P)2021 Audible, Inc.
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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Not the break your heart and put it back together better than before book we are use to, but the same beautiful writing

This is different from any Shen book I’ve read, and I’ve read them all. This story started as a series that she released chapter by chapter each month in her newsletter. I personally do not like to read like that, so I saved each month to read as a whole. I’m not sure Shen went into this story with the idea to publish it. I say all this like I personally know LJ Shen. I don’t. But after this read, it’s difficult not to feel like a friend. It was so intimate. Be it her actual story or just a story close to her heart, it felt like she was speaking to her friends—the readers. It was a beautiful story, and I’m glad I waited for the audible. Vanessa Edwin did a great job. It was easy to get caught up in this story and be taken back to my days of my first love.

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I loved it! Worth a listen

A sweet story with funny moments.
Great storytelling and amazing narration.
I found it to be very wholesome and was quite happy with the way it unfolded. Real.

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A perfect quick listen

I loved this. I loved the ending. I loved how real life it actually is and not a dream romance novel. I haven't read her other books but I'm deff going to now

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❤️❤️

What a wonderful way to remember your first love. You are a great story teller LJ. How come I really did want you to marry Brent haha

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HE MUST HAVE RUN OUT OF TIME ON HER DEADLINE

Such a sweet story but it's ridiculous AND FRUSTRATING how she goes through the whole book telling us MOMENT by MOMENT about her first two loves, Alex & Patrick the and all we get about her one true love is one month later I met my husband. SERIOUSLY??! she truly had to have been ready to miss her deadline or the book was getting too long! I really loved her and Alex's love story, I love it when a tough guy is so in love and sweet with his woman! it's the best when it's in real life and not just a romance novel.I was hoping they would get back together especially since this is a true story. I was disappointed they didn't. . felt kind of heartbroken myself! LOL Glad they were able to remain friends. I appreciate her sharing her life with us EVEN THOUGH SHE DIDN'T SHARE HER TRUE LOVE STORY WITH US!

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The feeling it gave my soul was intense!!

wow... I don't know where to start... I am blown away. it gave me the warm fuzzes but in a way I have never experienced. The books I usually read are all about the main characters ending up together. but for them not to broke my heart but then the words glued it back together. Vanessa lied it as usual. She is a top narrative in my book. I loved this book. LJ blew it out of the park again.

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Great listen!!!

Ok, I thought this was super cute! I really loved the narrator’s guy voice lol

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No hea

I dont even know what to say other than…
Whaaat the actual fudge cookies was that ending!!!! 😩😩😩 I get that this was based on a true story, and cool, whatever. But I am not okay with that ending. I guess I was hoping for a little bit of fiction thrown into the mix? I mean…why!!

If you know me, you know I need a happy ending.

And if you’re like me, spoiler alert…skip this one.


I absolutely loved Lara’s sarcasm. She made me laugh so many times — loved her! Truly, I laughed out loud more times than I can count. It was a joy watching her grown into the woman she ended up becoming and I can honestly say that I loved her journey.

Alex? I LOVED him too. I could tell his and Lara’s relationship was one that would end up being a stepping stone. You know, that “first relationship” which we all know ends. But helloooooo!!! This is where I needed the fiction to be mixed in with the “true story” part because…AHH.

I am gutted!

This was a story about a first relationship and how Lara “found herself”, I guess.
It was a solid 5 stars until the last 30 minutes or so.


But the narrator?? She was GOLDEN!!
3 stars to the story - only because of the ending
5 solid stars to the narrator.

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I guess so

It was the tale as old as time. A strong and predicative story. But entertaining. The connection between the two main characters was mild and less intense than I thought it was going to be. Not bad by any means. But I was definitely looking for a little more climax in the plot.

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Real and fun

Fun, easy and challenging. I was growing with Lara and Alex, and remembering first love, second love and so the story goes. Just what the doctor ordered

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  • papapownall
  • 01-21-22

Teenage kicks right through the night

This is a love story with punk attitude that is both angst ridden and endearing. Heart felt excitement of first love, first kisses and confused emotions. Teenage kicks are hard to beat. Five stars.

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  • alexandra
  • 03-21-22

nice

easy listening.

wasn't a fan of the cliche vegan stereotyping and the whole push of anemic can't be vegan bull. etc. but otherwise a fair time pass for work

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  • Vickey
  • 02-16-22

Couldn’t get into it

I absolutely adore LJ Shen. I discovered her book The Kiss Thief only 5 weeks ago and have since read it twice along with the 4 hot head books & midnight blue which I loved! BUT I just couldn’t get into this one. I’ve tried a few times to come back to it but something just isn’t for me. No idea what, it just didn’t grip me like the others.

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  • For Old Times' Sake
  • 02-03-22

First Love Novella

I always enjoy LJ Shen's books, and this novella really made for a great listen. Unlike the authors many other excellent books, this novella is semi-autobiographical and tells the story of the author's first love. This novel captures so vividly the hopes, fears and world of a teenager around the turn of the millennium. I felt oddly pulled into reminiscing about that time, but also reflecting on my own youth, and those things we have hangups about.

This is the story of Lara and Alex. How they meet, how they spar, how they grow, and how they fall in love. A dream of a book for me, real and fun, honest and full of youthful spirit. I recommend to lovers of YA/ NA fiction.

I thought the narrator was excellent, she really drew me in.

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  • 01-27-22

i regret choosing a book for teens

i often enjoy YA romance but this was very high school and I think I'm too far away from that to enjoy it

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  • Kimberly
  • 02-03-22

Fabulous

I really loved this book!
Like way more than I was expecting!
It’s really short (hence novella)
I found this book hilarious. I don’t actually know if it was meant to be a comedic as I found it but it’s just so raw and and narrator did a FABULOUS job with the voice acting of a teen.

Perfect length for the story. Depicting first loves and coming of age.

I felt like I needed to listen to this and like that I know a little more about lj shens young life.

4.5 stars ⭐️
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