Marry, Date or Dump: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Hi friends! I’ve missed Marry, Date or Dump so I thought I’d do a few in October. I’ve been wanting to reread Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for awhile. I read it during a confusing/grumpy time, and I’m worried my feelings about life seeped into how I felt about the book. So many people I know love this one and now there is a movie! When faced with the characters from the series, who would you marry? Who would you date? And, finally, who would you dump? Let me know your answers in the comments. Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

Marry, Date or Dump: Quentin, Mac, & Jacob

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This week I’m pulling heroes from three of the books on the New York Times YA bestseller list. We’ve got Quentin from Paper Towns, by John Green, Mac from Saint Anything, by Sarah Dessen, and Jacob from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Let me know in the comments which character you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump. Bonus points for interesting reasons why!

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Marry, Date or Dump: John Green, Marcus Zusak and Ransom Riggs

tumblr_mklpbgeta41rsh471o1_500Hi friends! Some people say Young Adult fiction is just for girls (hence the previous Marry, Date or Dump: YA Lady Authors post). I disagree. There are plenty of books for teenage boys to enjoy, just as there are plenty of YA books written by male authors. What’s more boys can like books written by female authors and girls can like books written by male authors. Here are three of my favorite male Young Adult authors for you to marry, date or dump in the comments. Enjoy!

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Metaphor, allegory or just meh?

*** there are some light spoilers in this review.

I really like the idea behind Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. The book started as a collection of peculiar photographs of children, and that is where the story starts.

Sixteen year-old Jacob is dealing with the before and after of his beloved grandfather’s death. No one else has ever understood him, and no one believes him when he describes his grandfather’s murder.  Jacob had his grandfather’s stories of hiding from the monsters on an island with magical children during the Holocaust and a collection of photographs from this time.

I enjoyed the first section of the book, covering his grief and people’s reaction to his stories. The second half, when he travels to the island (I won’t tell you what he finds there) relied too much on the photographs and not enough on narrative and character development.

While I didn’t hugely enjoy, or dislike, the book there were aspects I found interesting. I think it is a hugely innovative way to think about the Holocaust and World War II.  The children in the grandfather’s story are all being kept on the island because of their strange powers and abilities. They are also suspended in childhood, and have very little control over their time. I couldn’t help wondering if this was a strange allusion to concentration camps.

There are terrible monsters, hunting only these types of children, and special informers that blend into society. Jacob questions whether these stories are his grandfather’s allegorical way of being able to talk about his child as a Polish Jew in the 1940s. These are interesting ideas, but they aren’t taken far enough to work in the book.

The photographs were my favorite part of the book. While I didn’t dislike it, I don’t see why it has been so enormously popular, spending 45 weeks on the New York Times “Best Sellers” list for children’s chapter books.

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