Creep by Lygia Day Penaflor

Disclaimer: I received this e-audiobook from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Creep

Author: Lygia Day Penaflor

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: Young adult readers, thriller, mystery, stalking

Publication Date: September 27, 2022

Genre: YA Thriller

Age Relevance: 17+ (stalking, sexual content, romance, pregnancy, abortion, parental abandonment, miscarriage, gore, violence, religion, drugs)

Explanation of Above: Sexual content and romance are mentioned and talked about a lot throughout the book, but from the viewpoint of a stalker. Speaking of: the main character of the book is stalking/obsessed with other characters. Pregnancy is also discussed, as well as abortion being mentioned and miscarriage happening. There is some parental abandonment talked about. There is some physical violence and some vomit and blood gore. Drugs are also mentioned occasionally. The Catholic religion is mentioned occasionally throughout the book.

Publisher: Clarion Books

Pages: 272

Synopsis: Laney Villanueva and Nico Fiore are the perfect couple: beautiful, popular, talented, and hopelessly in love. Everyone looks up to them at Holy Family High School.

But Rafi doesn’t just admire them. She watches them. She’s drawn to them.

Intent on becoming their closest friend, Rafi weaves her way into their lives. She starts small: taking photos of the senior class for the yearbook, joining Laney’s club, and babysitting Nico’s little sister. And it works–soon they invite her to parties, take her on joyrides, and ask her for favors. Rafi’s actions quickly turn invasive, delving deeper and deeper until she’s consumed by their most intimate secrets.

When tragedy strikes the young lovers, Rafi’s obsession spirals, and she will do anything to keep the perfect couple together. Anything . . .

Review: Ok so this is a really weird book, but it’s oddly pretty good. The book takes place from the viewpoint of a stalker who uses their position in school to get closer to the people she’s obsessed with, eventually leading to her purposefully getting ran over by a car to become friends with them. The book is weird, but well written for the most part. The character development is ok and the book overall is ok.

However, I’m very creeped out the by book, pun intended. The book is slow paced and kinda boring. It took me forever to get through even though it’s only 272 pages. The MC also wasn’t compelling enough and I found myself wanting to know more about her teacher who was her previous victim than anything else. The MC is also taking on the role of an angel of death to her victim’s relationships and I think that wasn’t explored enough in the book.

Verdict: It was weird, but ok.