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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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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; L
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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    Release date: Aug 13, 2013
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    Nicholas Gomez SPOILER: Yes, the ending is miles away from what the rest of the book sets up. Just from a standpoint of psychology, Leonard Peacock is NOT going to…moreSPOILER: Yes, the ending is miles away from what the rest of the book sets up. Just from a standpoint of psychology, Leonard Peacock is NOT going to be okay. Regardless of what Matthew Quick might or might not be trying to say, there is so much that Peacock himself is not even aware of (as to why he really wanted to kill Asher) that even if he keeps writing his letters and trying to get better, that's just not the way human behavior works. And for a book that's trying to make a character study about this exact matter, it felt very cheap. (less)
    Monika Hrabáková I recommend not to search for much information about the book. You will miss all the surprises. All I knew about the book when I started reading, was…moreI recommend not to search for much information about the book. You will miss all the surprises. All I knew about the book when I started reading, was that Leonard Peacock has birthday today and he's gonna kill his best friend and then himself.

    Anyway this is an awesome book. Easy to read, easy to fall in love with. One of the best books I have ever read in my life. (less)
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    Emily May
    May 17, 2015 Emily May rated it it was amazing

    I don't know how helpful this review will be because I read most of the book through a film of tears. Which is an embarrassingly melodramatic statement to make after this book managed to be so dark and sad without feeling forced or manipulative like my words. But it's true. Some of the tears were laughter, most of them were sadness. I just... I don't know how to review books like this. I want to string together a list of beautiful, funny or sad quotes from the book when what I'm really saying is
    Raeleen Lemay
    Nov 20, 2014 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: favorites, own
    Read this book if you want to be very emotionally invested in finding out why a high school teacher doesn't roll up his sleeves.

    And if you want your heart to cry.
    Khanh (the Grinch)
    I remember the day when Columbine happened. Of course, there have been school shootings before, and school shooting since, but as a young teen at the time, Columbine was the event that hit home...why? Because the people involved could easily have been me, or my friends. It was so covered by the media, we watched the footage in school, there were counselors, there were added security on my campus, there were a lot of hushed conversations, a lot of adults not knowing how to react, wanting to discu ...more
    Steph Sinclair
    Recently, I've been reading really depressing books that have both horrified and fascinated me. But out of all of them, Charm and Strange and now Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock takes the cake for tackling tough, taboo issues. In this case, suicide. Now, the last suicide book I've read wasThirteen Reasons Whyand this book can easily be compared to that. But instead of the story being told from tapes from the deceased and another MC,Forgive Me, Leonard Peacockis told play-by-play from Leonard himself ...more
    Oct 31, 2014 Regan rated it really liked it
    Shelves: books-owned-read
    a very good quick read
    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

    When the low, heavy sky weighs like a lid
    On the groaning spirit, victim of long ennui,
    And from the all-encircling horizon
    Spreads over us a day gloomier than the night;

    When the earth is changed into a humid dungeon,
    In which Hope like a bat
    Goes beating the walls with her timid wings
    And knocking her head against the rotten ceiling;

    - Charles Baudelaire, Spleen

    Damn you, Leonard Peacock : you made me remember of who used to be one of my favorite poet when I was a teenager. Ha, Baudelaire with
    Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
    This book was heartbreaking but ultimately really enjoyable. My only issue was that I felt like the ending didn't give me enough satisfaction for a rounded out story. Video review maybe to come. Not sure yet.
    I can definitely see why Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is such a beloved book. I believe many readers will find this novel beautiful and heart-breaking; and I did too, to a certain extent. Though I appreciated many things within this book and even found myself emotionally attached to the main character, there were also quite a few elements that really bothered and hindered me at truly loving this story.

    The story centres around Leonard Peacock who has decided that he is going to kill himself on his
    Either this book failed to do what it set out to do, or I went in with the wrong expectations. Whatever the case, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock did not have any appreciable impact on me.

    You see, I read this book hoping to gain some insight into the mind of a school shooter. Someone like Kevin Khatchadourian, just not so inherently evil. I wanted this book to scare me, stun me, make me question, make me think, maybe break my heart a little.

    What I did not want this book to do (and what it essential
    Jul 25, 2013 Giselle rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, own, contemporary
    Wow what a sad story this was! Told in the voice of a morose, yet incredibly intelligent teenage boy, we're given a raw look into the road to suicide, and how depression affects your thoughts.

    What I noticed immediately was the writing style which stood out to me as something very… honest. Not only is it told in first person - which I consider a requirement for a story such as this - but we get a format that emphasizes his unhealthy state of mind even more so. This includes foot notes on his int
    Jun 18, 2013 Caris rated it really liked it
    Shelves: young-adult, 2013
    On April 20, 1999, two high school students murdered twelve of their classmates at Columbine High School. The following day, when I showed up for school hundreds of miles away, the first thing that greeted me was a bomb threat spray painted on the wall of the science building where my first hour class was to be held. I’d never heard of anyone getting killed at school before. I didn’t feel safe. I hurried to the office and tried calling home. No one answered.

    I remember the last day of school a co
    Sep 08, 2013 Keertana rated it it was amazing
    I hardly know where to begin with Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Suffice to say that this novel is brilliant, beautiful, and heart-breaking. It follows a teenage boy - Leonard Peacock - on his birthday as he chooses to kill another boy in his school and then commit suicide himself, all after giving the few special people in his life gifts to remember him by. As a foray into Quick's works, I can't say this was the happiest of reads, but it made my throat close up in grief and my knuckles fist into ...more
    Dec 24, 2013 Mitch rated it it was ok
    Admittedly, I picked up Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock with a great deal of skepticism. I like my issues books hard-hitting, dark, and gritty, but I've not had much success finding many authors who can deliver the kind of bleak realism that for me is the holy grail of the genre. I want to say Leonard Peacock impressed me with its authenticity, but for a book billed as an unflinching examination, Matthew Quick flinched - multiple times.

    What disappoints me most about Leonard Peacock is that it's writ
    “I'm trying to let him know what I'm about to do.
    I'm hoping he can save me, even though I realize he can't.”


    I didn't really know what I felt after reading this book.
    Sorrow. Pain. Hurt. Disappointment.Anger.Loneliness.
    This book gave me a lot more to think about.

    Forgive me, Leonard Peacock is one of those books that I think is a must read for everyone.
    Don't be mislead by the title.
    This book is not in any way comical.
    It is not in any way plain humorous.
    It is just not
    Nov 22, 2014 Maureen rated it really liked it
    "Why am I so emotchunal?" -Miranda Sings

    But really, a heartbreaking and emotional book that I feel is really important for a lot of reasons. Hard to get through, but really important.
    Every life matters and things do get better.
    Mar 14, 2016 Kenchiin rated it did not like it
    Whatever this book was trying to accomplish, it couldn't.
    Mar 05, 2016 Jeanne marked it as to-read
    On hold

    I'm not going to call this a dnf, because I might come back and finish it someday. I want to read a book by Matthew Quick because I love the movie Silver Linings Playbook, but I think I will pick another one. I like to read the occasional realistic fiction, but it turns out that I just have too much real life anxiety about kids bringing guns to school, and gun violence in general, to read this. It's not exactly an irrational fear, considering the US has a school shooting like once a week.
    Jun 30, 2013 Tatiana rated it really liked it
    Shelves: ya, 2013
    Brilliant but so damn sad:(
    Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    This is the story of one day in Leonard Peacock’s life. The most important day he’ll ever live. Not only is it his 18th birthday, it’s also the day where he will kill Asher Beal and then himself. Follow Leonard through this most remarkable day as he says his farewells to the four most important people in his life – on the last day of his own.

    Characters like Leonard Peacock (i.e., Holden Caulfield, Gene from A Separate Peace, Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Lucky Linderman from Ever
    Cait Grace
    Woah. I'm just...woah. This book kind of bopped me on the head and left my brain for dead. I love that. It's an issue book, and while I don't think it adequately dealt with the issue, I think it presented the story realistically.

    And then, you know, left us to stew in our own questions. WHY DID IT NOT ANSWER THE QUESTIONS?

    It's narrated by, Leonard. I don't want to give spoilers, but to put it bluntly: Leonard is considered "strange". He has a strange thought process. He likes strange things
    Mar 08, 2015 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: favorites
    This book is the perfect combination of brilliant and crazy, it has left me in A WRECK!!

    The whole concept of this book was really unique and extremely well built! The way the story was structured was incredibly well done and there was never a dull moment.

    Leonard Peacock is certainly one of the oddest characters I've come across but at times I couldn't help but relate to his feelings. He was very well written and it all just felt so real to me. It captured society perfectly, covering lots of diff
    Jan 23, 2016 Irshad rated it it was amazing
    This is probably the first book that made me go, WOAH....

    I never expected such a plot. A plot filled with issues that teens do face these days. I really adored the way the author wrote the book, filling in details of every event with perfection and leaving a little trail of suspense for readers.

    I was on edge, literally, as each page went by. I couldn't tank the beauty of the plot. I loved how the novel left me dumbfounded and in awe. I was like, "What the actual fuck? I was totally not expect
    Suad Shamma
    Jan 05, 2015 Suad Shamma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: own, 2014
    I have to admit, I was let down enormously by this book. From the first page, you know what this kid is up to. He wants to go to school, give out several gifts to special people in his life, then shoot his nemesis and finally shoot himself - all on his birthday.

    However, I finished this book feeling this guy is a complete idiot. I was annoyed and frustrated at how this story went, I felt like the whole idea of shooting someone, of being raped, of family abuse was undermined by this book. I expec
    Aug 13, 2013 Louize rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc
    From The Page Walker

    Matthew Quick just gained another fan right here and I know there will be others out there. After the success of The Silver Linings Playbooks, it is difficult not to expect further from him, and readers will not be disappointed. His new book, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, is sure to capture readers’ interest.

    Matthew Quick knows his words, his language, and his readers. So, it was not difficult to follow Leonard Peacock’s story. I was right there in Leonard’s head reading his
    Lauren Koerner
    Feb 20, 2016 Lauren Koerner rated it really liked it
    I would give this book a 3.5-4 star rating.

    It was good. It really was. It really messed with my head, though...It was super dark. And I expected it to be, but the narrator is almost too casual about somethings (i.e., shooting your ex best friend). That bothered me quite a bit. This book really messed with my mind and gave me a lot of anxiety. Don't read it if you've had thoughts of suicide within the last year. It's very triggering.
    Is it possible to absolutely love a book and simultaneously kind of hate its protagonist? The answer is yes.
    (Full review coming soon. I feel like I have a lot to say about this book, but I can't put it into words just yet.)
    Taylor Knight
    I'd seen this book a few times at bookstores but I hadn't really seen any reviews for it. When my friend Stephanie recommended this book in her Recommendation Friday post a few weeks ago, I knew I would pick this book up within the year.
    I really wasn't sure what to expect with this book and I was really surprised by it.

    This book is extremely well written. I was really surprised but how great and well thought out everything was. Matthew Quick clearly did a lot of research on the subject of this
    I got this book from NetGalley and had no idea what to expect. Although I'm not normally into gritty YA contemporary, I loved the MC's voice and was totally interested in seeing how his plan played out. As I read, however I found myself getting pulled down by the depressing situation/attitude of the narrator. I probably would've stuck it out had it not been for the language. An "F" word per page (at least) is a little excessive. When did teenage fiction become R rated? There is a reason they don ...more
    Patrice Hoffman
    Aug 14, 2013 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it
    What a great read! Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is the first book I've read by Matthew Quick. Quick is famous for writing The Silver Lining's Playbook. That book and movie was last year's everything. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock doesn't stray too far from that same model of having a protagonist who isn't quite right in the head.

    Leonard Peacock narrates the story that's taking place over the course of 24 hours. What makes this day different is that he's going to kill Asher Beal and then committ su
    Nov 19, 2015 Pip rated it really liked it
    I'm not 100% sure what to rate this one, the characters were created and developed beautifully and so carefully - it genuinely made my heart ache. Matthew Quick sure knows his traumatised and angry teenagers.

    The only thing that disappointed me was the very last part: it had a fantastically written climax and then it all sort of faded out to nothing. I would like to keep this spoiler free so I won't go into detail, but the way the plot built and grew was JUST brilliant. I thought it was a shame
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    Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar-winning film. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. Matthew lives with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Bessette, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
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