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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  64 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Razorbill
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Penguin Random House Canada
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. Having, like most of us at one time or another, been bullied, this book really struck a chord while I was reading it. I really wish Darren Hynes had written this when I was an awkward 15-year-old. Not only is this book extremely timely, it's extremely important.

- Amy Smith, Marketing Associate
Kristina Lenarczyk
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: got-for-review
Opening this book 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
Jul 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
I received a free advanced reading copy of this through Goodreads' First Reads program. Find an updated version of the review at leaf and page.

I really don't know where to begin with this. The crummy writing? The unlikable characters? The terrible dialogue? The totally unnecessary references? The complete abandonment of plot threads? The frankly uncomfortable ending? Well, let's try a quick note for each, in order.

The writing was rife with run-on sentences, one particular example I remember
Chapter by Chapter
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Creeps by Darren Hynes Creepsby Darren Hynes was one of those reads that I could only take in moderation. Every time I would read a little further into the book, I was feeling so overwhelmingly sad and upset with the events that would transpire! This is one of those books about bullying that really got me to the core. My heart cried out for both Wayne Pumphrey, and his only friend, Marjorie.
Wayne Pumphry is counting down the days when he can be finally free of the bullying he gets from Pete “The
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, first-reads
I received this book free from a contest on goodreads.

Poor Wayne. He gets bullied. Because of his appearance, his attitude, his everything. And it's really harsh physical and physiologic bullying. Everyday when he walks to school he is harassed by Pete the Meat and his gang of cronies. Until one day Marjorie, perhaps the only person more of an outcast then he, steps in. Marjorie and Wayne form an unlikely friendship and their interactions with Pete will change all of them forever.

This was a very
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
A heartbreaking and candid story of Wayne’s endless bout with school bullying. It will make you want to hug your children and never let them go.

Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced copy.
Christa  Seeley
This review originally posted at More Than Just Magic

A Canadian novel, named after a Radiohead song with fantastic and incredibly realistic characters? What’s not to love about Creeps?

Creeps is the story of Wayne Pumphrey – fifteen years old, a bit small for his age and more than a little self conscious. Unfortunately for Wayne, being different doesn’t win you any favours in high school and he is targeted by a group of particularly nasty bullies.

I thought Darren Hynes’s depection of being
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book that has not already been said? It is fantastic, real, and heart shattering in a way I never expected. Going into this story I knew it was about bullying and I knew that it dealt with some serious topics but honestly I never once expected what I just read. It blew my expectations into a millions and one pieces.

Before I get into the bullying aspect of the novel, I would just like to commend Darren for writing this story. It was extremely hard for me to read so I
Dayna Janzen
You can find my full review (with LazyDay Additions!) of Creeps at LazyDay Reviews + a GIVEAWAY for a copy of the book {CANADA ONLY & Ends Sept 23/13}

Creeps is one of those books that will rip your heart out, break it in half and then try to place it back in your chest! It’s set in a small mining town of Canning, Labrador and as you would expect, it’s written with precision that can only come from the knowledge of living in small town Canada. It’s told by a 15 year old boy, Wayne Pumphrey,
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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
Elvina Barclay
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wayne Pumphrey is small, skinny, 15 years old and with no friends trying to survive the next three years of high school. But Pete the Meat and his gang have other ideas. When does being bullied cross the line and become torture.
Wayne learns to cope with the daily punishment and tries to avoid Pete as best he can. Until he finally finds a friend. Marjorie and Wayne become friends and join the cast of the school play and it seems that together they can almost avoid the daily torment of their
There was something utterly captivating about this novel. Wayne's voice is unique, but it's still somehow easy to relate to him. He's alienated and alone while trying to be a good son. I loved the letters he wrote to people. It broke my heart that all he wanted was to understand why people acted the way they did. They're questions all bullied children ask and I really felt for Wayne.

The climax of the book was entirely unexpected and it was quite a mature scene. I don't think it's appropriate for
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book a lot and loved the complicated, troubled characters. I love books that makes me want to laugh and cry (sometimes at the same time). I read this book shortly after having read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and found similarities in the seriousness about bullying and family problems and similarities in the characters' wry sense of humour. The harsh lives of the characters is alleviated by their feisty attitudes and you're left with the feeling that they have hope. ...more
Sue Saunderson
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Made me uncomfortable watching Wayne Pumphrey's life. Wayne is the victim of relentless bullying and yet finds escape in writing heartfelt letters that he has no intention of sending. I found the letters honest and refreshing and not without humor. Wayne finds an unlikely friend in Marjorie and this friendship makes life tolerable for them both. I love the courage that both Wayne and Marjorie show when facing the bullies. I hope that Creeps will create more awareness and empathy to stop ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Once I started reading I was captivated and had to finished reading the book immediately. Well written novel of the journey of a 15 year old boy that is bullied. Looking forward to reading more Darren Hynes books.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A less angsty Perks of Being a Wallflower, this book is a very real and moving depiction of what it's like to be bullied in high school. It's full of heartfelt letters from Wayne Pumphrey, and the characters could have been in my high school growing up. Loved this book!
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"...and I just want you to know that I'm proud to be me and I hope you're proud to be you too, 'cause for a couple of creeps we're doing alright."
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable and heartbreaking. Review to follow closer to publication.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reminiscent of another YA novel called The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen. Really good story. I loved Marjorie!!
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely delightful. I has had a wonderful time reading it. I even wrote an essay on it at school!
Rachel Seigel
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A powerful YA novel which covers a number of tough issues such as bullying,fitting in and alcoholism, yet through all the sadness still has hope. Fans of "Eleanor and Park" will enjoy this.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Alison Jog
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: white-pine-books
It was an interesting story to read but I wasn't completely blown away by it. My favourite part is on page 306 "without you I'm roast beef without gravy and tea without sugar and an ocean without a beach and I guess what I'm trying to say is: you make everything better, because before you I was alone and now I hardly ever feel that way..."
Sylvia McNicoll
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For me this book was a tough read, man's inhumanity to man. How can kids be so cruel to each other? This is extreme bullying and it doesn't let up through out the whole book. I wouldn't want to live under these circumstances. But it is a wonderful feel bad read with solid characters.
Jenna Freedman
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
An ARC was provided to me from Goodreads, won by a contest. Thank you!

Still fairly new to writing reviews. So...I guess I'll pre-apologize in case. But go on and read. Now. It's not too bad. FINALLY I have gotten around to write a review for Creeps. This is a book unlike anything I have ever read, as I'm used to reading either classic books or sci-fi, dystopia, or new adult contemporary. And in all honestly, reading Creeps was actually kinda refreshing.
*I was provided with an advanced electronic copy of this book from the author and Razorbill and Penguin Canada in return of an honest review. No monetary compensation was provided in this exchange.*

Also found on Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf as part of the Razorbill Creeps blog tour.

At the young age of 15, Wayne Pumphrey has not experienced much in his small Atlantic Canada town, but he’s experienced enough to believe not to talk back when other insult him. Not to shove back when his classmates
Erin Laidley
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Creeps is told through two distinct narrative styles: unsent, heartfelt letters that Wayne Pumphrey writes to individuals (and sometimes locations), and third person narration. While it was nice to see an unbiased view of the situations through the third person narrative, those scenes paled in comparison to the letters.

I wasn’t fond of any of the characters in this book. I identified with Wayne’s inability to know why he was being targeted by bullies, but it was hard to reconcile the Wayne that
May 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: white-pine
(This will probably be riddled with grammar mistakes because I have no time to edit through it but you'll catch the gist of it)

Creeps gave me the creeps, and not in a good ole horror filled kindof way, but in a cringey, old-English-lady disdainful way. Before I tear apart everything I hated, I'm going to point out one very good quality which was the letters Wayne writes. If the author had explored the Wayne we see in those works as opposed to the one in the actual narrative, I may have liked
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
After I finished Creeps I read some of the reviews, and I was pretty surprised at how polarising it was. While I was reading it, I was never blown away by the writing, but I also didn't see the poor grammar or run-on sentences that other reviewers have found so distracting. I wonder if part of that is during the dialogue there are moments of definite "Newfie" in the phrasing/sentence structure.

The writing and the characters felt very true to me, and again, I was surprised at how many people
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
I don't know where to start off with all the faults in this book. This book was just a complete turn off for me when I started reading Creeps.Creeps was just utterly atrocious for me based on the events of the story where Marjorie is forced upon her own will and is forced by Pete the Meat to insert a sausage inside of her by her friend Wayne.

I just find it unbelievable for two unlikely people to become friends based on the circumstances of the story. Plus, i found it completely unbelievable for
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Darren was born in Fogo Island, Newfoundland, but grew up in Labrador City. For fifteen years Darren was a professional actor, having worked in many of the regional theatres in Canada as well as in film/television. In 2006 he was a student at The Humber School for Writers in Toronto. Creative Book Publishing (Killick Press) published his first novel, Flight, in 2010. His first Young Adult novel, ...more
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“Just the sound of her breathing then, the feel of it against his neck, and he wonders how it could be that yesterday he felt so young but now feels like a man and it occurs to him that something begins at the same time something ends, so he’ll always be in motion, moving towards and away from things.” 1 likes
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