Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Reading the other reviews here, apparently I'm not the only person who didn't know this was YA fiction before they read it. However, I might be the only one who thinks it's being called YA because it's mediocre writing and there are a lot of publishers who think YA means lower standards. In my opinion, it doesn't, and cliched writing is still cliched writing, no matter who the intended audience is. The idea behind the book is something every writer and wanna be writer has done - use a photo as a prompt. Riggs goes all the way, building a very interesting plot around some unusual and some mundane antique photos. But a novel is more than an idea, there's that nasty execution to deal with, and that's where this book falls apart. The dialogue passages are decent, Riggs knows how his speak. But when it comes to action and inner dialogues, the book reads like a quickly written first draft. The book is cliched, flat, and worst of all, dull when the characters aren't being introduced. This is a great looking book, but not so great writing.
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