Review - Forgive me, Leonard Peacock

Title: Forgive me, Leonard Peacock
Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 13th 2013

My Rating: 

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 hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol.

But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart--obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches. In this riveting book, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made--and the light in us all that never goes out.

My Thoughts

I haven't read this author's other book, "The Silver Linings Playbook" but after reading "Forgive me, Leonard Peacock" I really want too.

I got attached to Leonard, in a way I didn't know possible, all I wanted to do was be his friend. He has this thing about him, that, as you go through the book, you can't help but sympathize with him. You cannot blame him for what he plans to do, and that kind of upsets me, because his plans are not what you would call healthy or even legal.

There was this part of the book that got me really hooked, on which he decides to follow adults and see if he could live the life they live. And he keeps wondering why are they so unhappy and if that's what happens to a person when you grow up. I must admit I have questioned myself about this over and over again, and it felt really nice to not be the only one to do it.

I feel like if I go into more detail about this book I will end up spoiling it big time, so I'm just gonna say that "Forgive me, Leonard Peacock" is a wonderful book and it touched me. It portrays a type of teenager that actually exists (unfortunately). Lonely, friendless, broken, depressed, with family issues and with homicidal/suicidal thoughts.

When it comes to the writing, I really enjoyed it since it was quite simple and easy to understand, the plot was nice, and the chapters' structure (between present and "letters from the future") was very good. One thing I didn't enjoy was the ending because HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO ME MATTHEW QUICK?? I NEED ANSWERS! I NEED MORE LEONARD AND I NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING WILL BE OK!!

All in all, it was a wonderful book.

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