Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was yet another book I downloaded without knowing much about it. And boy, am I glad I did.

I don’t know how to describe this book. I don’t want to give anything away, but I want to impart on you how amazing it is.

The book follows Jacob Portman as he tries to understand the truth behind his grandfather’s incredible and tragic life. Jacob isn’t sure which version to believe: the incredible stories his grandfather once told him about children with strange powers and fighting horrible monsters; or the truth Jacob’s dad says his grandfather used the stories to hide, a dark and tragic truth of a young Jewish boy surviving the war when the rest of his family didn’t.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is one of those YA novels I like to point to in defence of YA literature. It doesn’t pull any punches with it’s readers; instead, you get a brutally honest narrative that deals with things like broken families, the generational burden of the Holocaust, and the terrible cost of learning the truth. At the same time, it manages to be light-hearted, brave, and even funny at times.

This is one of the most incredible books I’ve ever read. Do yourself a favour and go pick it up.


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