Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children | book review

Boooooy I haven’t done this in a long time!! It is currently five o’clock in the morning and I just finished reading Miss Peregrine! And guess what time I have class this morning??? Yep, correct, 8:30am!! Which means I have to be up by 7:30am!! Which means I’m not going to be sleeping tonight!! I drank coffee and mountain dew; can you tell? So here’s my predicament: I am a busy college student with a part-time job and about .0001% of my week can be used for free time. Tomorrow my local theater will be showing movies for only $2, including Miss Peregrine at 1:00. So, in order to go see it on the only possible day I have time this week, I had to finish the book, because I am one of those people who cannot watch the film adaptation until I’ve read the source text. So here I am, awake at 5am, having just spent the past 3 hours reading the last 250 pages of this beautiful book. And now I get to spend an hour blogging about it, one hour sleeping, a few hours in class (with about 1 hour of allotted time for a nap in between classes), and then finally I can go see the movie. I’m sorry I’m ranting because I’m sure you don’t care about my mundane life, especially at 5am, but this is my blog and I can do what I want, so ha.

P.S. Send help. I am tired.

P.P.S. Also please send coffee.

P.P.P.S. And yes, I am aware I just finished reading another book only hours ago, so you get a bonus book review for today. Huzzah for you!


: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children (#1)
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: June 2011
Genre(s): Young adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Photography

Opening Line:

I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.

The Synopsis

Jacob Portman is coming to terms with the fact that his life is boring, uneventful, and unextraordinary. He has only one friend, works a crappy family-business job, and doesn’t really get along with his parents too well. But when a terrible tragedy strikes his family, Jacob is thrown into a world unimaginable. His parents think he’s crazy, but what Jacob discovers on a mysterious island near Wales will forever change his ordinary life. Perhaps Jacob’s grandfather wasn’t as crazy as everybody thought — and perhaps Jacob isn’t, either.

The Plot

Okay, for real — if you didn’t know about this book yet, you have not been keeping up in the book world. I’ve wanted to read this for years, ever since my friend in high school wouldn’t shut up about it. I procrastinated it for a long time, though, until I saw trailers for the movie and, coincidentally, started dating a girl who owned the book. So here I am, having finally read it, even though it was read hastily in the early hours of the day. I’m a big fan of adventure novels, and I used to be really into fantasy, though I haven’t read any in quite some time. Miss Peregrine was a breath of fresh air for me — I enjoyed getting to read three great genres all in one: YA, fantasy, and adventure. It’s been too long… The story is told in first-person from Jacob’s POV and features a collection of vintage photographs to help the story along. Riggs, a collector of old photographs, compiled a large quantity that helped inspire Miss Peregrine and helps tell Jacob’s story. Being an English major and Photography minor, I especially appreciated this book (and a lot more than I thought I would, too). I dove into this book without much knowledge about it, and was captivated right off the bat. The first chapter gave me the creeps — I loved it. After that, it was a little slow-going for a while, but the story quickly picks up again and leaves you scrambling for more (obviously, since I just tore through the majority of the book for 3 hours straight). I have to say, this book elegantly combined cute with terrifying. Wow. Those wights scare the shit out of me. My imagination is too vivid for that shit. Just saying. Anyway, the plot is great, and if you’re not hooked halfway through, try reading it again sometime, because it should entice you.

The Characters

I love Jacob. There’s something about YA male protagonists/narrators that I just love. Not that I don’t love female narrators, too, but I really love reading from a male’s perspective. I enjoy it a lot, and I certainly enjoyed experiences Jacob’s narration. The kid is so funny and sarcastic — he made me laugh more than once. He’s got great humor and, though he makes some mistakes (as we all do), he is smart and brave, and a great protagonist for this story. I found myself wishing I could be his friend. And though Emma was quite finicky, I liked her too, though the whole grandfather-fling-thing really weirded me out. All the peculiar children are pretty great, to be honest. They all have  a uniqueness about them that just makes me wish I could be in Jacob’s position, befriending them and traveling with them. I want my own peculiar friends…

The Writing

AHHHH Ransom Riggs is so cool! To be honest, until I looked him up about 40 minutes ago, I had no idea he was a “he” — I thought Ransom was a woman. What kind of name is Ransom, anyway? I’ve never heard of it, and I guess I just associated the name with a female. Anyway, now that I know she is a he, and he is really great, I look forward to reading the sequel! Riggs gives a great voice to the YA genre and I admire his amazing use of multimedia. Combining photography and literature is something I love doing, and I really appreciate his accomplishment in doing so. Cannot wait to read the sequel, and cannot wait to see the film tomorrow — er, today. I’ll probably be posting an adaptation review, so look forward to that! Goodnight – er, good morning…

My Rating

4.5 star

Favorite Quote(s): “I did love her, of course, but mostly just because loving your mom is mandatory, not because she was someone I think I’d like very much if I met her walking down the street.”

“When someone won’t let you in, eventually you stop knocking.”

“I cried harder. I didn’t want to, but I couldn’t stop myself. I couldn’t stop myself, so I thought about all the bad things and I fed it and fed it until I was crying so hard I had to gasp for breath between sobs.”

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