Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

April 17, 2012

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Book Review | allonsykimberly.comLast month, for my 2012 reading challenge, I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I had seen a couple of other bloggers talk about this book and I had read good things about it, but I really had no idea what to expect before I read it. I knew it was supposed to be kind of a spooky mystery with creepy vintage photos throughout, but that was about it. Now I know why no one really gave a clear summary – it would be so hard to say what it’s about without giving away too much of the story. But, I’m going to attempt to do that anyway.

The main character, Jacob, grew up hearing all of these fantastic stories about the orphanage that his grandfather grew up in and seeing photos of the other kids he had lived there with, all of whom supposedly had peculiar abilities. The stories always described the home, run by Miss Peregrine [if you couldn’t guess that already], as being this amazing, bright, and happy place full of laughter and excitement, but when Jacob travels to the orphanage he finds that it was destroyed during the war and everyone who used to live there had died… or had they???

That’s really all I can say without ruining the story for you, but it’s not as creepy as it sounds – I promise! It was actually a really interesting, entertaining, and unique story. It progressed quickly and, yes, there were a few kind of scary, gruesome moments [nothing too bad though] but overall, it was a very fun, exciting read. And there was a little bit of a love story thrown in there, which the mushy, gushy girly part of me enjoyed.

The pictures were also spectacular! Riggs did a fantastic job of incorporating the photos into his story without it seeming forced. Although there were a couple of times where I felt like he added things just to be able to use certain photos, he still managed to make those things relevant to the story.

My only complaint is with Jacob’s relationship with his parents. He has a distant, sort of bitter relationship with his mother and father. I guess it’s not that big of a deal, but I feel like a lot of young adult fiction literature portrays parents and other authority figures in a negative way. Teenagers already usually have a warped view of their parents without the influence of books, so it kind of bothers me when authors do that. In this case, though, it is kind of necessary to the story – at least for the ending – but I still don’t like it.

Speaking of the ending, I was a bit disappointed with it as well, but only because I just wasn’t ready for it to be over. I wanted to know more – what was going to happen next. He did seem to leave the story open for a sequel though, so fingers crossed I‘ll get to find out!

The verdict: Great read! If you like young adult fiction, mysteries, and a bit of fantasy then I think you’ll enjoy Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

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