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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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Jan 02, 2012

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bookshelves: contemporary, fantasy, horror
Read in January, 2012

** spoiler alert ** I know this book is sold as YA/teen, but the only thing that places it in that category is the ages of the main characters. The writing style, the tempo, a deliberate killing in the course of the story, the behavior of the townsfolk, all read definitely adult to me. I also expected the children to be less normal and more eerie in the tone of the photos when we finally met them, and the home itself to be less idyllic. The adults in the protagonist's normal life are distasteful and ineffectual, and the romance is creepy.

What can I say? I liked it enough that I read it in a day, but I found enough to dislike, and the creepy things weren't the fun-creepy things promised by the photos. I don't think the gimmick advertised by publisher and author--that these were real found photos--sell the book itself.
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