July 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Creeps by Darren Hynes – Review and Interview #creepstakes

Welcome to our Tour Stop, where we kick things off for the

Creeps by Darren Hynes Tour

presented by Penguin Canada!

We are so excited to have author, Darren Hynes, stop by the blog and 
share some of his Top Favs!


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.

add to goodreadsCreeps by Darren Hynes
Publication Date:  July 30, 2013
Publisher:  Razorbill Canada

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MaryAnn NewCreeps by 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 Meat” and his buds.  Around every corner, it seems like these bullies are there ready to dish out a new bullying tactic, whether it be forcing Wayne to eat yellow snow, humping a snow pile, or reading a hard snowball to smash into his face.

One day, as Wayne is in the middle of another bullying session, he is saved by someone he least expected…Marjorie.  Marjorie who is also considered a loner, loser…nobody.  A victim of taunts and teasing, whispers behind her back and vicious rumors that spread like wild fire.  But it’s Marjorie’s courageous act that saves Wayne this time.  And eventually, these two find themselves in a friendship that came out of nowhere.

But with a mother who is suffering from a deep depression due to the loss of Marjorie’s father, Marjorie’s life at both home and school are insufferable.  This could be the reason why these two seem to have warmed up to each other since they both are living in similar situations.

But when an act of bullying goes way to far, will Wayne and Marjorie be able to walk away unscathed?  Or will this change the course of their lives, and the lives of those around them?

The one thought that kept going on and on in my head was “Is the bullying out there in this day and age really this awful?”  I was taken aback over and over again with the different ways in which Pete “The Meat” and his gang of goons would torment poor Wayne Pumphry.

I could picture it from both perspectives.  Of that I mean of Wayne and his father.  For one thing, as a parent myself, I would definitely want to know if my children were suffering the way Wayne suffers on a daily basis.  And should I find out that they are being bullied, and the identity of the tormentors were revealed to me, I’d for sure want to confront the parents and say “WTF!”  But looking it from Wayne’s perspective (the victim), I would have to agree that in some situations, the torment is only going to get worse because the bully has been ousted and would be seeking revenge.

I couldn’t help but cry out and want to hold Wayne in my arms and comfort him with each letter that he wrote.  Seeing as how this was the only way in which he could convey his feelings and thoughts, his letters to whomever (friends, family, teachers, yes…even the bullies) were full of so much sadness and a little semblance of hope.

Whether you are aware or not, I’m am huge on the anti-bullying front and wish that it could be eradicated.  My wish is that no child should ever have to suffer from the hands of any bullies, and to be able to enjoy their youth, free of fear and stress.  My wish throughout this entire read was for Wayne to find the peace he is looking for.

The thing is, not only do we witness the bullying that Wayne must endure outside of the home front, but we also see the troubles that he has to deal with at home.  With a father who has a pretty close relationship with the bottle, and mother who is constantly threatening to leave, Wayne is going through a lot in his young life.

If you’re looking for a read about bullying that will rock you to the core, I recommend you read Creeps by Darren Hynes.  It’s a huge eye opener for just how awful bullying can be, and really gives the reader an in depth look into the head of the victim, and what coping mechanisms are used to just get by.


Top Favs with Darren Hynes

1. You’re home alone, there’s a fire! Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.


The first thing I’d grab is my guitar because I love to play and it relaxes me.

Number two would be my copy of Colony of Unrequited Dreams because it’s my all time favourite.

Lastly, I’d grab my computer – all my writing’s on there!

2. Top 3 favourite actors and why?


Daniel Day Lewis. Because he can do anything. Transform his voice and body and become totally convincing as someone else. He’s also unafraid to make bold choices. Watch My Left Foot for total acting brilliance.

Al Pacino. Especially his early work: Serpico; Dog Day Afternoon. He’s also mesmerizing as Jack Kevorkian in: You Don’t Know Jack. He can do anger like no one else and is always interesting to watch.

Meryl Streep. Has she ever given a bad performance? Totally heart-breaking in Bridges of Madison County. Also the classiest actor in Hollywood.

3. Top 3 favourite musicians and why.


John Prine. Listen to Hello in There for songwriting gold. His songs are stories and he’s so authentic.

Radiohead. Their song Creep was an inspiration for my book. Thom Yorke’s voice is amazing and the band comes up with some of the greatest melodies.

Ron Sexsmith. He’s a songwriting genius.

4. Top 3 favourite movies of all time.


Misery. I’ve seen this movie about twenty times. Kathy Bates is just so creepy. I still can’t watch the part where she re-breaks James Caan’s legs.

Goodfellas. Martin Scorsese at his best. Simply the greatest mobster flick of all time.

Back to the Future. It was this film that made me fall in love with movies.

5. Top 3 favourite authors (dead or alive) and why?


Ernest Hemingway. One of the greatest writers of realistic dialogue. Also his prose is so beautiful in its simplicity.

Cormac McCarthy. The first page of The Road broke my heart. Great characters and dialogue and such truth in everything he writes.

Rohinton Mistry. A Fine Balance is one of my favourite novels. His characters never leave you.



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, Creeps, will be published this summer by Penguin Canada (Razorbill).

Presently, Darren is enrolled in the MFA Creative Writing program at The University of Guelph. He lives in Toronto and is working on his third novel.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter  | Goodreads


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