Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick | Review

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick | ReviewForgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on August 13, 2013
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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 look at a day in the life of a disturbed teenage boy, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out.

(Last Updated On: January 16, 2022)

I had heard awesome reviews about Matthew Quick’s novels, so when I saw a copy of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock for five dollars at my local bookstore, I knew that I had to pick it up. Boy, am I glad that I did.

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what i liked

  • Leonard Peacock. He is such a deep, emotional character with so many layers to him. I just really enjoyed learning more about him and what led him to be who he is today as the story unfolded. 
  • Herr Silverman. He was Leonard’s Holocaust professor, and I enjoyed reading about his relationship with him. 
  • The writing style. I felt like there was never a dull moment in this book. The story also has a whole bunch of little footnotes throughout it, where Leonard inputs some of this thoughts, which added a bit of humor and life to a very depressing story.
  • This book discusses an important social issue, and it does so in a very strong way. 
  • The pacing. I read this book so quickly, and it was because I stayed emotionally invested in this heartbreaking story through every page. 

what i didn’t like

  • Honestly nothing. I loved this book, and I recommend it to everyone. 

I highly recommend Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, especially if you’ve never read anything by Matthew Quick before.

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  1. Oooh, this sounds WONDERFUL. I've heard of Matthew Quick, but nothing specific aobut his books. But now ya girl is intrigued. Thank you for the review!!

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