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
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Smart and goofy and strange and severely broken
Leonard is a poor soul with a few secrets. It is his birthday. He has a gun. He is going to kill someone. He is going to kill himself. And that is the start of what left me laughing and crying well after midnight on a work night. Quick creates a character that as much as you might want to hate and fear because of what his plans are, you can't help but start to love him. He is smart and goofy and strange and severely broken.
This book is about a sort of sick quest - a quest that will involve Leonard saying goodbye to the people he cares about the most in this world. During this process we get an insight into just how important conversations can truly be, and how little we usually get out of them.
Although it is in the young adult section, it is clearly written for an adult audience to appreciate, although I'm sure my view looking back on those years is very different than the view of someone who is going through those years at the present time.
All in all, Quick takes a difficult subject and a very troubled character, and ends up with a lighthearted, very deep, very meaningful, and somewhat quirky slice of life that is well worth the read.
This book just may be my new favorite. Full of suspense and realism. The reality of what's happening opens your eyes to something many people choose to ignore. The topic of suicide is often overlooked. Quick's rendition of this topic is too good to pass up!
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!
- Level: Grades 10-17
- 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