Thursday, May 9, 2013
Creeps by Darren Hynes Book Review
Written by Darren Hynes
# of pages: 305
My Rating: 4/5★
I received a copy of this book for review, but that does not affect my opinion on the book.
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Creeps is a story that tells the life of fifteen year old Wayne Pumphrey who is not the most popular kid. Since he is small for his age, he is an easy target for Pete the Meat and his crew. During one of his times of torment, Wayne gets saved temporarily saved by a girl named Majorie who has a dead father, and a bad reputation. They become unlikely friends while working on the school play together. When Pete and his crew take it too far, it starts affecting everyone and sends everything on a downward spiral. Will Wayne be able to finally stand up for himself, or is he damned to be a creep forever?
Opening this books is like pulling down the lever on a roller coaster. Once you're in, you can't get out until it's over. You go through all of the emotional ups and downs with the main character Wayne, and you build a connection to him.
There aren't many books that leave me reading until midnight, but this one did. Wow!
THAT ENDING. As the story was coming to a close (about 30 pages left), I thought everything had calmed down and the story was about to die down. All the pieces I thought I had put together had changed! It was very climatic right until the end!
This book had many aspects that reminded me of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but I found this one to be better written. In Perks, it is all written though journal entries, and I am not a fan of that. I like to be able to know all of the back story, and not have a biased view of what is going on. With Creeps, it is mostly told in third person narrative, but there are little entries from Wayne that are letter he writes to other characters in the book. I found these enjoyable because you got to know Wayne's perspective of what is going on, and how he felt towards the characters he was writing to.
Overall: I really enjoyed this book, found it funny but taught a good lesson. I cannot wait for everyone to get their hands on a copy when it comes out in August!