Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

A Novel

Quick, Matthew

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
A day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.

Publisher: New York, NY ;, Boston :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316221337
Branch Call Number: y QUICK 2013
Characteristics: 273 pages ;,22 cm


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It’s Leonard’s eighteenth birthday. It’s also the day he will kill himself and a former friend, after saying a final fairwell to the few people he cares about.

Leonard Peacock gets up on his 18th birthday. He fills his backpack. He will visit the four people who mean anything to him. He will give each of them a gift. Then, he will pull out the gun at the bottom of his pack and kill his former best friend. Then, he will kill himself. And, he thinks, th... Read More »

Our fearless, flawed, and funny narrator, Leonard Peacock, starts his day out by setting down his grandfather’s WWII Nazi pistol next to his breakfast oatmeal. He’s got a plan: he’s going to shoot the boy who was once his best friend, and then he’s going to shoot himself. At least he still has a ... Read More »

A day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him. By the author of The Silver Linings Playbook.

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Jun 25, 2014
  • MegK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have next to nothing in common with Leonard Peacock. But thanks to Matthew Quick's outstandingly realistic narration, I felt able to connect with him and really empathize with his situation. The trigger for Leonard's plans of murder-suicide is one not often brought up in YA literature, but it is so important. I am glad that Quick decided to take it on, as he did so with great sensitivity and skill. A quick, fast-paced read.

Apr 29, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Powerful story! Everyone who deals with teenagers should read this book, including teenagers. Leonard is a loner who has reached the end of his rope and has decided to kill another teenager and then kill himself. It's all going to happen on his 18th birthday. The story is painful to read at times because you can tell he just wants somebody to do something. Highly recommended!

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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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