I’m not one for dark, macabre stories, and tales of the supernatural are usually not my cup of tea, but ironically there was something about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, despite the creepy-as-hell cover, that kept drawing me in. The book has been around since 2011 and already has two sequels, a graphic novel adaptation and a film set to be released next year, so it goes without saying that I am coming very late to this particular party. This Halloween, however, something struck me, and I decided to finally see for myself what it was all about.
Jacob Portman has spent his life listening to the fantastic tales of his grandfather’s childhood — stories of invisible boys, circus strongmen and monsters that were all too real. His future as the heir to a national drugstore chain, in contrast, promises nothing but complete predictability and oppressive boredom. One day, everything takes a turn as Jacob witnesses the unexpected death of his beloved grandfather.
Already struggling to find himself despite the neatly planned future his parents have in store for him, Jacob is now sent further down a path of despair and confusion. Jacob sets out on a journey to discover the truth of his grandfather’s life, and in the process, finds out more about himself than he ever thought possible.
Peppered with vintage images as haunting as the one on the cover, Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children certainly lives up to the name. Unfortunately, I found that the writing was also full of ups and downs. It was peculiar and creepy, but not consistently so, and the sections that tied it all together were sometimes lacking. Overall, it was enjoyable, creative and a good Halloween read, but I wonder if some of the holes would have been patched up a bit better had it not been intended for a young adult audience. I do think it has great potential as a movie, though, especially since it’s being directed by Tim Burton; it’s definitely one I’ll go see.
I’m sure a lot of you have read this. What did you think? Without spoilers, were the sequels worth a read? I can’t wait to hear from you!
Until then, happy reading!
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