NetGalley Devours: Creeps by Darren Hynes

Throughout March, NetGalley Devours teen and YA books! We’ve already reviewed the paranormal, and now it’s time for some realism. Have you read and reviewed Creeps too? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter! #NGDevours

Creeps by Darren Hynes
Penguin Canada; Pub Date Jul 30, 2013
The Nightmare Affair


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.  [From the Publisher]


I’ll be honest and admit to having read a lot of young adult and teen books ranging from paranormal, to summer love, to more sensitive topics such as sexual identity, suicide, and acceptance. When I saw Creeps in our public catalog I knew I had to read it because once you get past the escapism that vampires, witches, and werewolves (oh my!) provide in this genre you’re left with real life problems that can shape a person’s life, and that is exactly what Creeps demonstrates. Continue reading “NetGalley Devours: Creeps”