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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

A Novel
Quick, Matthew (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock


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A day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.
Authors: Quick, Matthew, 1973-
Title: Forgive me, Leonard Peacock
a novel
Publisher: New York ;, Boston :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 273 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: A day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.
ISBN: 0316221333
9780316221337
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Report This Mar 17, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Today is Leonard Peacock's 18th birthday. He has three presents to give to other people before he does the two things he really wants: to shoot his former best friend and then shoot himself. You know the reason why he wants to kill his ex best friend is going to be revealed eventually but when the reason eventually comes to light it is so much worse than simply the terrible things that people can do to each other. It's a dark but very real, to me anyway, story. Leonard keeps leaving hints, keeps wishing and hoping so hard for someone to say happy birthday or to stop disappointing him but nothing really happens for him the way he wants it to. It's a hard hitting but bleak book and very much worth the time.

Report This Jan 31, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It seems strange to say that a book narrated by a character taking us through his final day--his eighteenth birthday, which he plans to end with a murder-suicide--could be so captivating, entertaining, and even enjoyable, but Leonard is such an interesting, engaging, honest, insightful, and articulate narrator that he hooks readers from the first page. Oh, it's also sad, disturbing, painful, and hard to get through, but it's nonetheless hard to put down in a pleasantly compelling way. If only Leonard could learn to appreciate himself the way readers come to, then he might start to believe some of the things he's told himself that could make life worth continuing. He certainly makes himself easy to identify with, which makes his story all the more powerful. I highly recommend it. (Though I wish Quick had chosen a different title, as I was not at all intrigued by it or the cover and delayed cracking it open because I couldn't get excited about it--until the first page, then I was hooked.)

Report This Nov 12, 2013
  • JCLRachelSH rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Yowza, what a tricky subject. Matthew Quick's follow up to the charming The Silver Linings Playbook chronicles one day in the life of Leonard Peacock, a gifted and troubled high school student who plans to take out his ex best friend with an antique P-38 Nazi handgun on his eighteenth birthday. Quick returns to several of the elements that made Silver Linings an enormous success: a misunderstood but pure love interest, a sympathetic male mentor, handwritten letters, gifts and tokens, the quest for Truth and Beauty. Quick's signature lighthearted style makes for a jarring counterpoint to the dark subject of teen shootings, but the glue that held it together for me was Noah Galvin's awesome narration of the audiobook version. Galvin brings Leonard Peacock to life in a pitch perfect performance that captures Leonard's full range: from too-smart-for-his-own-good sarcastic quips, to voice-cracking terror and pain. This read was outside my usual wheelhouse, but it was totally brave and engaging and I'm looking forward to whatever Quick and Galvin each do next.

Report This Oct 31, 2013
  • 21288003735319 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Truly a beautiful book. Quick strings together a masterpiece made of the thoughts hopes and fears we didn't know anyone else had. An amazing and memorable read.

Report This Oct 22, 2013
  • JCLAmyF rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Leonard's voice rings true - disturbed, hurting, hopeful - as he narrates his final goodbyes before he commits murder-suicide. Author Quick is able to create an authentic voice that is somehow awful and sympathetic at the same time.

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