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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I'm sorry I couldn't be more than I was--that I couldn't stick around--and that what's going to happen today isn't their fault.
Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol.
Maybe one day he'll believe that being different is okay, important even.
But not today.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick, brings an unflinchingly eye to the impossible choices we deal with every day--and the light in us all that never goes out.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 24, 2013 – Quick s books typically revolve around characters who don t fit in, don t understand their place in the world, and face daunting obstacles. Leonard Peacock is another such individual, a teenager who feels let down by adults and out of step with his sheeplike classmates. Foreseeing only more unhappiness and disappointment in life (and harboring a secret that s destroying him), Leonard packs up his grandfather s WWII handgun and heads to school, intending to kill his former best friend and then himself. First, though, he will visit the important people in his life: an elderly cinephile neighbor, a musically gifted classmate, the teacher of his Holocaust studies class, and a homeschooled girl who passes out religious tracts in the train station. Quick s attentiveness to these few key relationships and encounters gives the story its strength and razorlike focus. Its greatest irony is that, despite Leonard s commitment to his murder-suicide plan, he appreciates and values life in a way that few do. Through Leonard, Quick urges readers to look beyond the pain of the here and now to the possibilities that await. Ages 15 up.

Customer Reviews

It's depressing, but good!

It only took me two days to read, but it was very interesting! I appreciate the different aspects of all of the characters, but I can't lie, it made me sad!

All the right things.

"Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock" doesn't sugarcoat it. Not one bit. From the very first page, Matthew Quick drops bomb after bomb in blatant, this-is-how-it-is ways and if you don't like it, then too bad. Leonard's story is told exactly how it happens, and I like that. Too many times do authors try to sugarcoat illnesses like depression or romanticize suicidal thoughts. Leonard... Leonard's just a kid going through something- this is how happened, these are his feelings, this is his life. Being a teenager myself and struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts and just not fitting in, I connect with Leonard- you know what? Some things are just bad. He's someone that finally understood me, as I did him. This book is something I recommend everyone who's every struggled with what Leonard has been through to read. It's suspenseful, twisty and just an all-out good read. Mr. Quick has written in a way that makes me feel like I'm there- I'm S, I'm Horatio, I'm Leonard. It begins on a low note and ends pretty high. It reinforces that there's hope- there are people out there you simply haven't met.

Definitely worth reading. One of the best books I've read this year.

This book sent chills down my spine, it was so GOOD!

While reading this book, I fell in LOVE with Leonard, with his blatant personality and determination to carry out on his plan. Almost anything written by Matthew Quick made me cry or feel something (except Boy21: since I don't play basketball, I didn't quite relate). Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock was exceptional!

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
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  • $9.99
  • Level: Grades 10-17
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Coming of Age
  • Published: Aug 13, 2013
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 208 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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