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LI Young Adult Author’s New Novel ‘Creep: A Love Story’ is set on LI


ROSLYN, NY — A young adult novelist from Roslyn has set another acclaimed novel on Long Island. “Creep: A Love Story” was released in September, and local readers will recognize many of the settings and details, according to interviews with author Lygia Day Peñaflor.

Peñaflor’s latest novel follows “All of This Is True” and “Unscripted Joss Byrd”, and like “All of This Is True”, is set on Long Island. “Creep” is set in a fictional Catholic high school and follows a young female protagonist who becomes obsessed with a popular couple at her high school.

She told the School Library Journal that she likes to add details about Long Island for local readers to her books.

“In ‘Creep,’ I name Drop Old Westbury Gardens, Hempstead Turnpike, Garden City and local celebrities like Natalie Portman and Mariah Carey.”

Another recurring element of Long Island in the novel is the characters’ love of dining in restaurants.

Peñaflor’s first novel was inspired by his work as a private tutor for young Hollywood stars like the “Gossip Girl” actors.

The fictional Catholic high school in “Creep” was inspired by Peñaflor’s own high school, Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale.

“I don’t see a lot of YA books in a Catholic school, so I thought readers would like it too,” she told the School Library Journal.

“The student body reflects the demographics of a Catholic school on Long Island. Laney Villanueva is Filipino-American, and so am I. I also wanted to include the mass, the choir, and the tight-knit community.”