Review: Creeps by Darren Hynes

Creeps - Darren HynesPublisher: Razorbill Canada (July 30th 2013)
Paperback: 384 pages
Source: Penguin/Razorbill Canada & Goodreads
Rating: 2.5/3 of 5 stars

Fifteen-year-old Wayne Pumphrey wishes he were courageous enough to actually send the heartfelt letters he writes to friends and family. He also wishes his father would drive on the right side of the street, his mother would stop packing her suitcase to leave, and his sister would stop listening to Nickelback. But most of all, he wishes that Pete “The Meat” would let him walk to school in peace. After all, how many times can one person eat yellow snow?

Then one morning, while facing Pete and his posse, Wayne is rescued by Marjorie, the girl with a dead father and a mother who might as well be. Together, the two of them escape Pete’s relentless bullying by rehearsing for the school play, and an unlikely friendship is formed. As they grow ever closer to one another, they begin to dream of escape from their small town and restricted lives. But Pete now has plans for both of them—and after a moment of sudden violence, nothing will ever be the same again for Wayne, Marjorie, or Pete himself.


Dear Creeps,

You remind of why high school can be the bane of existences for some kids, of why being a  considered a “creep”  is a pass to taunt and tease and abuse you. It doesn’t help when your family life isn’t that easy either. I’m glad Wayne found a friend in Marjorie. In the end however, I don’t know how I feel about you Creeps. You are a hard book to read and it’s daunting knowing that though you are fiction, that is not the case for many kids. I’m left unsure of my feelings towards you. Are you an interesting book that deals with tough topics? Yes. But are you a good book that’s enjoyable? That’s where my confusion lies. It’s probably me and not you (for the most part.)

A reader who really wanted to like you, I swear


I felt like a letter to express my thoughts on was appropriate as Wayne tends to write many (unsent) letters. It’s actually the main things I enjoyed the most about this book. Besides the letters and occasional interaction with Mr. Rollie and Majorie, I found I wasn’t really enjoying the rest  of the book. I also found the writing a bit stilted which made it hard for me to really get into the book.  I didn’t enjoy it, but I also didn’t dislike it…which leads me back to the age old “It’s me and not you”. I think someone looking for this more type of book would really enjoy it, but I think I was expecting some a bit more lighthearted as Wayne and Majorie learned to dealing with bullying, but that wasn’t the case.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad book, I truly enjoyed Wayne’s heartfelt letters to the people around him, but I just didn’t fully enjoy the book.

{*Thanks to the publisher & Goodreads first read program for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

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