I will be honest I have been avoiding this book because I thought that it will be creepy. I am not one for thrillers and stuff like that and try to avoid them at all costs. I have found an thriller/mystery series that I love that but that is another story. Imagine my shock when I found out that the series is actual Young Adult. Without reading the first book I quickly ordered the rest of the series except the last one, still waiting for a sale or something and then started reading. This book was sooo good. It was something that I wasn’t expecting. I surpised me with mystery, adventure aspect. I couldn’t wait to start the movie.
The first thing that I was struck with was the fact that they left out the only friend that Jacob has. He is the one that takes Jacob to his grandfathers at the beginning not his boss from the grocery store. The other thing that struck me was the fact that they made Dr. Golan a female. Don’t get me wrong I absolutly love Alison Janney but it was just wierd that Dr. Golan was a woman. I understand that they wanted to show that Golan could take on many forms including Jacob’s bus driver and his lawn car man. The next thing was the fact that they switched Emma and Olives peculiars around. In the book Emma is the one that could make the fire and Olive is the one that was able to float. Which made me wonder if they switched any more around and I just couldn’t remember off the top of my head.
Aside from that I though the movie followed the book closely aside from a few things here and there that were off but it wasn’t enough to really change the story for me. The big thing that happened in the end was big for me and that I really didn’t like was the way they fought Golan. They didn’t get a boat up from the bottom of the sea and sail off following him no. He stayed on the island and hid out in a lighthouse and they fought him there and Millard got shot. Golan kidnapped both Miss Peregine and her friend at the house and shoved them into a cage which the kids are trying to get.
Golan then thows the cage out into the sea. Jacob shoots him through the throat and he falls off the lighthouse. Emma and Jacob jump into the water to save the cage but are stopped by a U-boat in the water. They manage to save Miss Peregine but not the other woman. In the end Jacob’s grandfather is not still alive after all of this. He is still dead. Jacob does stay with Emma but he doesn’t chase her down like he did in the movie. This is the one thing that really bothered me about the movie. Otherwise in the end definitely read the book it helps add stuff the movie changed or didn’t put in, but also watch the movie its actually pretty good and full of adventure. I can’t wait to start book two!
Pick up your copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on Amazon. You can also pick up your copy of the movie HERE.