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Review: Creep: A Love Story by Lygia Day Peñaflor

You know those twisty stories about obsession, love, and protection? That’s the kind of story Creep: A Love Story is. It’s a fascinating story about character development and mystery. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


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 . . .


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Creep: A Love Story begins with obsession. It’s a story which will make you question perception and popularity. How much people know about us from the outside, from observations, from fragments of conversations they overhear. Rafi’s obsession is one that I think a few people can relate to – albeit not to that scale. But this almost obsession level attachment to something, a celebrity, a person, a piece of media. It becomes consumable. And we forget the people or what lies behind.

We can become so engaged, wrapped up, in our own lives we don’t even notice what else people can see about us. The pieces of us we leave behind and on desks and graffiti walls. So Creep: A Love Story becomes about seeing someone who, in some ways, has a bit of a spark of ourselves in them. This is a love story. But in some ways it’s also a story about a break up. About the ways we can fall in love with someone – or in this case a couple – which we tie our lives to. And at the same time, how it feels when it begins to fracture.

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Above all else, Creep: A Love Story is fascinating. Not only did I find myself reading more and more each day, it’s a story about what we look for within other people. A story about love and loneliness. Oftentimes, our relationships end up not even being about the other physical person, but about what we see or perceive in them and how that reflects us. This book is one that I want to re-read even weeks after finishing just to see how it all plays out again with hindsight. Find Creep: A Love Story on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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