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Peculiarity is something that is inside everyone, however for some people it is part of who they are. “”I knew there was something peculiar about you,” she said. “And I mean that as the highest compliment.””(Riggs 247) In Ransom Riggs’ excellent up and coming novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children the idea of odd and unusual features is celebrated – by most. Rigg’s use of vintage photographs pinpoints the importance of appearance, the controlling idea of adventure is brought to life through the suspense and parallelism present in the novel. This bildungsroman uses irony to allow readers to watch Jacob’s outlook on life and what is normal develop.  Ultimately any book that makes readers wish they had the sequel right next to them is worth the read and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children does exactly that. Throughout the novel the plot is driven by the presence of old photographs that Jacob finds during his adventure to come to terms with his grandfather’s unseemingly suspicious death. Jacob, however, knew that there was something other than an unfortunate accident with wild dogs going on yet appearances are everything in this novel and would not let it show. It is when parents send him to a therapist which -turns out to be a mistake of monumental proportions-  is when the readers start to actually believe there may be more going on than a boy who is distraught over the loss of his extravagant bedtime story telling grandfather. “My grandfather had described it a hundred times, but in his stories the house was always a bright, happy place—big and rambling, yes, but full of light and laughter. What stood before me now was no refuge from monsters but a monster itself, staring down from its perch on the hill with vacant hunger.”(Riggs 116) On the island of his grandfathers childhood, Jacob comes across the home for peculiar children and it appears very different than what he had imagined. Little does Jacob know that the woman who he always considered to be the most normal was a master of concealment. When Jacob braves the “monster” he finds photographs that prove his grandfather was in fact perfectly sane and that appearances can and sometimes are intentionally deceiving, a major theme in this book. The use of of the old vintage images to illustrate how appearances are deceiving was skillful way to tie the story into modern day society and how people portray themselves social media vs what monsters they are really facing outside of their snapshots they share with everyone.        Jacob is going through a very pivotal point in his life, his teenage years, death in the family and struggles with mental stability, it is not uncommon or unusual for someone in that situation to turn to professional help. The revelation that Dr Golan, the physiatrist that is supposed to be trusted with Jacobis fragile mental state, turns out to be a manipulating monster out to steal his family secrets is an ideal example of irony in the novel. Another more evident example of irony in the novel the hollowgast, the peculiars who had wished for a way to live forever.”In a cruel twist of irony, they achieved the immortality they’d been seeking. It’s believed that the hollows can live thousands of years, but it is a life of constant physical torment, of humiliating debasement—feeding on stray animals, living in isolation—and of insatiable hunger for the flesh of their former kin” (Riggs 260) While the hollowgast did succeed in achieving immortality they life callous uneventful lives which include eating the souls of other peculiars, which is not the lives that they had imagined for themselves when they first wished for eternal life with their fellow peculiars. The presence of irony in the novel ties in perfectly to Jacob learning that not everything in life goes exactly as it should and sometimes things are deliberately contrary to how they are expected to be. Much like what the teenage readers of this NYT #1 bestseller learn day by day as they mature. Jacob is constantly being surprised ,however it seems as though he is not the first to feel and experience exactly that. The adventure Jacob undergoes closely parallels what his grandfather went through some seventy years prior. At first it is Jacob’s blossoming romance with Emma, the girl who his grandfather’s teenage years were spent captivated by. As Jacob’s adventure continues as he acquainted himself with all of the peculiars and Miss Peregrines it becomes increasingly clear that there is always some form of danger threatening their lifestyle. Just as Jacob’s grandfather did, Jacob learns  about the hollows and the risk of leaving the time lop for too long and the suspense of never knowing what is going to happen is exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Part of me felt like something momentous was about to happen. The other part of me expected to wake up at any moment, to come out of this fever dream or stress episode or whatever it was and wake up… and think, Well, that was strange, and then return to the boring old business of being me. But I didn’t wake up. (Riggs 139)Jacobs love for the suspense and Emma are not the only common traits he shared with his grandfather, while jacob did not realize it growing up he too was peculiar. Jacobs ability to see the monsters make him the most special of all “I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.” (Riggs 351). The parallelism and adventure in the novel are an enticing way to connect Jacob’s undertaking in the fourty’s with his modern day reality seeing as his grandfather told him stories about the same things happening. Readers feel as though they are on the journey with Jacob and makes for an alluring story. Riggs connects with the uniqueness in all readers and draws them in with an exciting supernatural story that is not as incomprehensible as to be expected and compels readers to pick up the sequel. Counteracting the perceived notion that photographs are a representation of absolute truth allows readers to notl reconsider everything they see in modern day media. Riggs’ implementing irony into Jacob’s coming of age journey forces readers to come to terms with the reality that every so often what appears to be true and what is actually true are discrepant. Jacob’s unintentional outcome of following his grandfather’s life is something all humans do unintendedly at some point in their lives. Ultimately any book that makes readers wish they had the sequel right next to them is worth the read, and the messy untied ending of this novel makes readers wish they had the sequel for some closure.

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