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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
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Hardcover, 273 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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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


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
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Raeleen Lemay
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 (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
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
Regan
a very good quick read
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.
Giselle
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
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Caris
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
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Scarlet
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
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Keertana
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
Mitch
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
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AriaTheBookNerd
“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.”


REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK

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
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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
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Louize
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
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lacey
full reivew

leonard was an incredibly realistic person to be in this situation, i loved his voice and the way he told the story of what he was planning to do on his birthday and the way that his life went to lead up to that point.
Maureen
"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.
Tatiana
Jun 30, 2013 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, ya
Brilliant but so damn sad:(
Desislava
I really don't know how I feel about this book.

On one hand, I appreciate this book for Quick’s views about the value of life, parental responsibility and adulthood. This insightful novel is a must read for both teenagers and their parents.

On the other hand, Í'm not sure how I feel about Leonard Peacock. He reminds me of Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye (even though, Holden is a bigger self-absorbed whiner). I get that almost all teenagers go through the kind of thinking Leonard expe
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Ryan
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
Lotte
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
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AH
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock has got to be one of the funniest books I’ve read so far this year. It really feels inappropriate to be so amused by this book – after all, it is the story of a teenager planning the untimely demise (murder) of his former best friend Asher Beal. We’re not really sure what Asher has done to earn the wrath of Leonard, and Leonard doesn’t really talk about why he wants to kill Asher until the end of the book. Leonard has decided that his birthday is the best day to kill ...more
Krista Wright
I didn't enjoy this book...it would feel weird to say I did. But I am really glad I read it. It was depressing and I felt uncomfortable following Leonard Peacock's thoughts. His character kind of freaked me out, but all the things that have happened in his childhood are very sad. I cried during all the scenes with his teacher--the only truly good character in the book. But I have to say...the ending wasn't satisfying at all. There didn't seem to be any real conclusion and he's just like "okay gu ...more
Katherine
Oh.. my..
Odpouštím ti, Leonarde.

Úplně všechno.
Jen pamatuj, že nakonec zvítězíš.
Buď štastný.
A...
Všechno nejlepší k narozeninám.

Chci, abyste věděli, že mě tahle kniha neuvěřitelně zasáhla.
Na mnoha místech.
Na nekonečně dlouhou dobu, asi.


Kate Jackson
This was book was just... I can barely put it into words.

This book hinges on how much empathy you have for Leonard, if you have none, then you probably won't love this book. Which is sad because I want this book to be read and admired by every different sort of person, I feel the need the need to go out there and scream about this book, so it will be appreciated. More than anything I want this book to be appreciated for how wonderful it is.

There is a great deal if honesty from Leonard than draw
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Liam
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
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Alicia Bessette
Matthew Quick's most important work yet. Arresting, original, luminary. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock had me turning pages, laughing, biting my nails, nodding in agreement, crying, and reliving both the isolating inner turmoil and the moments of authentic connection that characterized my own teen years. I loved this book.
Suad Shamma
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
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Patrice Hoffman
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
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Andrew Hicks
I started off 2015 with a trifecta of Matthew Quick books: Boy21 , The Good Luck of Right Now and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock . I liked all three despite myself; meaning, my cynical defenses ("This quirkiness is calculated," "That entire paragraph was just a collection of rewritten New Agey memes he got off Facebook," "I saw that plot twist coming from around 3 corners") were popping up and getting shot down left and right ("But I liked it anyway").

But I almost DNF'd Leonard Peacock at
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Matthew Quick (aka Q) 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 thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. Q lives with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Bessette, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
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