Plot Summary from Amazon: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
I have called this book a number of different things over the past week I’ve been reading it. Including Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Unusual Children. What I will not call this book is satisfying. Because here’s the thing… it’s just not. Unbeknownst to me, this is a PART ONE. And I guess at this point we should all just assume every book we read is going to be a “Part One” because no one seems to have any inkling anymore to just write one. good. complete. book. Which upsets me. I’ve also found out that every book series seems to be getting a movie now. What IS that? The apparent second book of this series isn’t even out yet and they’re already making the first movie? What if the second book is terrible? What if people find the first book more peculiar than necessary? The one saving grace? Tim Burton has signed on to the project. Tha means it has a very good chance of being awesome. But I still just don’t get it.
But I digress, back to the book, shall we? It’s kind of hard to review this book without giving anything away. I’ll do my best to not give it all away but the biggest secret there’s no avoidance of. So here goes.
After growing up listening to his grandfather tell stories of the children he grew up with at the orphanage and seeing obviously doctored pictures of these children with these strange abilities Jacob finally, on the advice of his therapist, goes to try to find this orphanage after his grandfather’s gruesome death. To find closure. What he finds, eventually, is an alternate dimension. The children his father lived at the home with were there, timeless, forever. Including his grandfather’s old girlfriend. A relationship starts between them. A very innocent one, but it’s just… hinky to me. That’s his grandfather’s ex-girlfriend. She’s like eighty-eight underneath the exterior of a young girl. It’s bizarre.
At any rate, even in the parallel universe in a seeming utopia things can go wrong. There are dangers and those dangers make their way to Miss Peregrine’s home. Chaos ensues.Here’s the thing… I was talking with a friend on Facebook and also to Brooke (reviewer here at TRC) and she hit the nail right on the head. She said, “I was so frustrated that it was a series, because I didn’t CARE enough to hear more about the characters” And that is DEAD ON. I don’t really care what happens to them. I kind of care what happens in general but not really TO THEM, per se. Does that make sense? So while I will probably read whatever book is next, I can’t say I much enjoyed this one. Or I DID really, aside from the huge distaste on 1. having the book not end 2. finding out it was a book one and 3. the squicked out feeling I got from the relationship between Jacob and his grandpa’s girl. WEIRD.
The REAL photographs the author gathered for this book are super rad and the idea is a really good one in theory. It’s just lacking a bit in the execution. And it’s a FREAKING part one… (that’s a sore spot for me, can you tell?)
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