When I agreed to read this book I had absolutely no idea what I was saying yes to. I was running low on book ideas and when this one was offered I jumped at it. But then I started reading the book. It wasn’t as drab as the black and white cover suggested but rife with mystery, creepy coincidences and plot twists; and I’m only on chapter 7!
For those who have never read nor heard of this book, it is a story of a young boy, lead by the stories his grandfather told him as a child, who travels to an almost deserted island in search of Miss Peregrine and her home for children. The key point in this book are the stories told by the grandfather. For these are not stories of a refugee of World War Two, these are stories of adventure and danger. Monsters and the supernatural. But no one believes these stories because to everyone else, they are just fairy tales.
And this leads me to my point and an important quote: “We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing them becomes too high.” (Riggs 118). The narrator (whose name is Jacob) says that eventually all must let go of their fairy tales and that he eventually did the same. But soon, contradicting this point, the stories Jacob’s grandfather told him rise up and plant that seed of superstition in his mind when he is in high school. This shows understanding of human nature on the author’s part and the way many think. One of the most beloved fairy tales of childhood is Santa Clause. It is a fairy tale that parents strive to preserve and children flourish with. Yet after reaching a certain age believing in Santa Clause is no longer endearing, it’s pathetic, embarrassing. That’s the ‘price’ for holding onto innocence and fairy tales.
There is a saying “innocence is bliss. ” Jacob held onto his fairy tales and grandfather’s stories, his innocence, until the price, payed through bullies and ridicule, became too high. But there is also a saying “everything comes at a price.” And the comfort of being without ridicule came at a high price. Jacob finds this when the stories he once believed to be fairy tales came back to haunt him. Riggs shows this contrast of prices throughout what I’ve read so far in the book.
The way this book is going so far is promising. There is mystery, fantasy, history and tragedy all in the first few chapters. I can honestly say I am glad I agreed to read this book. If writing a blog is the price for reading this book, it’s worth it.