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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  47,393 ratings  ·  5,879 reviews
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, 277 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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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
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I imagined all of my blood flowing out into the snow and watching it turn a beautiful crimson color as Philadelphians walked by in a great hurry, not even pasuing to admire the beauty of red snow, let alone register the fact that a high school kid was dying right in front of their eyes.

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 wit
Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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This is the story of Leonard Peacock. An 18-year-old boy who is upset with the world, his parents, his friends and more than anything himself and his life. Leonard wants to grow up quickly so that he can experience everything as an adult. But today on his birthday, which everyone including his mum forgot about, Leonard decided to give himself a birthday gift – a different kind of gift and he sure understands that…
Whitney Atkinson
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
tw: antisemitism/nazis, suicidal thoughts and actions, depression, rape/sexual assault

It's strange how this book made me feel simultaneously uncomfortable yet touched. Leonard Peacock is purposefully an unlikable character, yet as his mental illness and traumatic past is slowly unveiled, you can't help but root for him and his recovery. This book nearly tore my heart in half just because of how conflicted I was, but I think that was the point. I adored the side characters in this book, and I lov
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

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 (Hailey in Bookland)
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, contemporary
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. ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
Books, to me, should not be about moralizing. They should be explorations of controversial ideas and of the horrible things that people can do. And that is exactly what this book is: Forgive Me Leonard Peacock avoids moralizing, but also doesn't shy away from the harsh reality of what Leonard plans to do.

And all this is to say that I have seen so many people say that they hate everyone who enjoyed this book. Notwithstanding the fact that I kind of despise that statement, inherently, I completel
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
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
a very good quick read
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 was Thirteen Reasons Why and 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 Peacock is told play-by-play from Leonard him ...more
Aj the Ravenous Reader

3.5 stars

This is the one book that perfectly qualifies the funny and heartbreaking description. It’s sad but the depressed really do have a great sense of humor. Until I’ve read the very first page of the book, I honestly thought Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is mainly a humorous contemporary fiction and I picked it up because I was looking forward to reading something light and funny. It was funny but I was in a complete surprise to find out that it’s a book mainly about depression and suicide a
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
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Forgive me Mathew Quick, because I didn't find your story compelling for most of the part.

Synopsis? Leonard Peacock has a shitty life. He is a fictional embodiment of all things that could go wrong with an average 21st-century teenager, bar the drugs. Leonard has no father, no friends of his age, and no girlfriend. What he does have is money, a Mother who doesn't care about him, a Holden Caulfield attitude and a P 38 gun.

And today is his birthday. And the plan? He is going to kill his ex-bes
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I had this idea that I would love this book a lot, but I just didn't. I love these kinds of books because they touch on real things in life, sad things. I just didn't feel it with this book.

Leonard is going to kill his ex-best friend and himself. We don't find out until near the end why he wants to kill Asher and then himself. I feel like it would have been better if we got some more insight into the bad things that happened with these two boys. I would have felt more connected to Leonard that
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
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 30, 2013 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
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
I find this a very difficult book to review because on one hand, it's subject matter is very important, on the other, I really didn't enjoy it very much.

There were times when I sympathized with the main character, Leonard Peacock. But an overwhelming amount of the time I found him pretty unlikable. And maybe that is how he's supposed to come off, I really don't know. It just made it difficult for me to understand him sometimes.

I felt similarly when I read Thirteen Reasons Why, ultimately sad bu
Aug 19, 2013 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
C.G. Drews
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
May 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5. Review to come

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Mar 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Whatever this book was trying to accomplish, it couldn't. ...more
Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
The poor guy is so misunderstood, and his mother is horrible... And just....Why am I crying?

The footnotes are everything.
Also the letters from the future.
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
“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
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is mainly about a suicidal and homicidal eighteen-year-old Leonard Peacock.

1.) plot - the fact that I just finished this book in literally just one night just proves how this book was beautifully written. That this novel was tragic yet eye-opening.

Pacing of the book was truly incredible, I love how the author add a bit of humor to this novel when in fact, the issue this book tackled was really serious.

And you may call me hypocrite or what but this book made me realize MORE that you
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
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
I don’t want this to come out wrong by any means because school shooting is one of the most civilized evil in modern times. But I feel this book was too gimmicky somehow. Like intentionally misleading as to present itself to be sensational when it isn’t, not really. If the author would just write about Leonard’s life and what he had to endure in the past and what his life still is till the present, which includes putting up with his really shitty ‘mom’, I would have totally been all in for that. ...more
Prabhjot Kaur
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Leonard gets bullied constantly and he's had a tough life and he's only a teenager. Whilst I know it is true for most of the teenagers to go through similar experiences but not everyone thinks of taking a gun to school and do what Leonard intends to do. Even though in the beginning, I didn't much like Leonard, he grew on me.

Then there's Herr Silverman who is a teacher of Leonard's and he helps him out with the situation. He sounds too good to be true but I do know someone like Herr Silverman wh
Nov 21, 2014 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.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it

“we can simultaneously be human and monster—that both of those possibilities are in all of us.”

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is one of those books that just took me by complete surprise. I didn’t do a lot of research before picking it up and I definitely hadn’t seen many people talk about it. I found it on sale and I decided to pick it up on a whim. I’m really glad that I did.


What I Liked

The discussion of important social issues. I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of books recently that contain
Gray Cox
"I'm going to kill you later today," I say to the guy in the mirror, he just smiles back at me like he can't wait.
"Promise?" I hear someone say, which freaks me out, because my lips didn't move.
I mean-it wasn't me who said, "Promise?"
It's like there's a voice trapped inside the glass. So I stop looking in the mirror. Just for good measure, I smash that mirror with a coffee mug, because I don't want that mirror to speak to me ever again.-(pg. 15)

When I saw what this book was about I was worried.
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Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar-winning film; THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW; LOVE MAY FAIL; THE REASON YOU’RE ALIVE; and four young adult novels: SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR; BOY21; FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK; and EVERY EXQUISITE THING. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, received a PEN/Hemingway ...more

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