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Book Review Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I read this book in about 2 days, I had a cold and was feeling like not moving off the couch. This was the perfect book to kill time with. This is listed as teen fiction, and as I’m finding with teen fiction, it can be intense, not as intense as The Hunger Games though. Here is the synopsis of the book from Amazon.com:

Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2011: As a kid, Jacob formed a special bond with his grandfather over his bizarre tales and photos of levitating girls and invisible boys. Now at 16, he is reeling from the old man’s unexpected death. Then Jacob is given a mysterious letter that propels him on a journey to the remote Welsh island where his grandfather grew up. There, he finds the children from the photographs–alive and well–despite the islanders’ assertion that all were killed decades ago. As Jacob begins to unravel more about his grandfather’s childhood, he suspects he is being trailed by a monster only he can see. A haunting and out-of-the-ordinary read, debut author Ransom Rigg’s first-person narration is convincing and absorbing, and every detail he draws our eye to is deftly woven into an unforgettable whole. Interspersed with photos throughout, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a truly atmospheric novel with plot twists, turns, and surprises that will delight readers of any age.

Not too surprising when I finished the book it was clear here will be a sequel. I found the book fascinating. The pictures are bizarre and strange and that was the idea. I imagine the author asked for bizarre pictures and wrote a story around them, not sure if this is what he did but every now and then it seemed like parts of the story were only written to go with the pictures. The main character is likable and sweet although I thought his age was supposed to be 16 and seemed much older as written. I cannot really explain much on this story that you can’t get from the Amazon review, it was a good quick read.

3 out of 4 stars.

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Book Review Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Can You Fake It Until You Make It?

It’s funny how sometimes you’ll think of something and suddenly you’ll see it everywhere or hear about it all the time. A few weeks ago I took my first born off to college. Not more than 5 days later she was calling complaining how everything was so clicky and no one was friendly. I asked what she was doing about it, she said there was nothing she could do. I toEgytians take their soccer seriously
Creative Commons License photo credit: modenadudeld her she needed to make herself approachable, smile more, say hello etc.. She said she just doesn’t feel comfortable doing that. That’s when I first used the phrase “Fake it until you make it” I explained to her it meant for me, acting, or pretending I was a more outgoing person. I’ve been doing this forever and it starts to become easy. Course the advice didn’t work.

Now I’m hearing my favorite phrase “fake it until you make it” all over the place. It really is an important phrase. Believe in yourself, even if it feels like the wrongest (wow is that a word my spell check didn’t yell at me) thing and goes against everything you would usually do. I hear actors are some of the most insecure people in the world, but they also follow the motto.

So next time you are heading into an uncomfortable situation, pretend, pretend you’re that guy or gal who always seems to know what to say and is comfortable in all situations. Smile, interact, ask questions, put yourself out there. Pretty soon you’re not faking it anymore, you are the one others will try and fake being. Go ahead try it.

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Can You Fake It Until You Make It?
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