I’ll be honest, I don’t know what can be said about this book that Hannah didn’t just say, ever so perfectly.
I didn’t hate Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but I certainly expected it to be better, much better. It was a New York Time’s Best Seller and ever review I read was positively raving, so naturally I expected to entertained. Like Hannah said, the first few chapters held high promise but once the story turned, for lack of a better word, fantastical, everything seemed to go downhill. I found myself feeling exasperated with the turn of each page as the story became harder to follow. It seemed like Riggs had an interesting idea but, when it came down to the execution and resolution of the storyline, it seemed like Riggs was grasping at straws. The ending was similar to The Great Gatsby in that it seemed like all the effort went into the elaborate development of the story but not the resolution. The ending was rushed and unimaginative. Maybe he was tired of it by the time he got to the ending? Who knows?
Like Hannah (I told her I should just write “ditto” as my review because, for once, we totally agree about this book), I was initially drawn in by the pictures. In the beginning they helped the story and added an element that one doesn’t usually see in adult literature. As the story progressed, though, the incorporation of the pictures became more far-fetched and irrelevant. It seemed like Riggs created characters and situations just so he could throw in an old picture of some oddly dressed woman into the mix. More than that, I get the feeling that the entire idea for this story was built on his desire to narrate these pictures. The problem is that all of these pictures do not truly belong to the same story, especially not this story.
So as my faith in contemporary literature fades more than ever, Hannah and I skipped right over the unintelligible and frankly uninteresting Something Wicked This Way Comes by Bradbury and delve right into Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. Wish us luck. Fingers crossed that this one isn’t a dud.
By the way, this week is Banned Books Week so everyone should do his/her part to stop the ignorance and read a banned book!!