Kirkus Reviews

Download PDF PDF Page Citation Cite Share Link Share

Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 149

In our opinion, Kin Platt's portraits of disturbed children have not always hit the mark. But Chloris [protagonist of Chloris and the Creeps]—in her violent hatred of the "creeps" her mother dates—and her rejection of her new stepfather in favor of an idealized memory of her dead (suicided) one—is totally believable…. Platt's strength lies in his ability to show Chloris both from her mother's point of view as a disturbing and disturbed child, and through the more intimate, non-judgmental eyes of her sympathetic sister…. Unlike the hero of Hey, Dummy … whose regression seemed both insufficiently motivated and dramatically unsubstantiated, Chloris is simply one of those people who has trouble letting go of her past; and as such she will be familiar to readers of all ages.

A review of "Chloris and the Creeps," in Kirkus Reviews (copyright © 1973 The Kirkus Service, Inc.), Vol. XLI, No. 4, February 15, 1973, p. 188.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access

Zena Sutherland


Kristin E. Hammond