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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

A Novel

Quick, Matthew

(Downloadable Audiobook - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
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In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I'm sorry I couldn't be more than I was--that I couldn't stick around--and that what's going to happen today isn't their fault.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 book, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made--and the light in us all that never goes out.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, 2013
ISBN: 1478926899
9781478926894
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file :,digital
Additional Contributors: Galvin, Noah Narrator
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In this darkly comic tragedy, we follow an abused teen through the day he planned a murder-suicide and out the other side. Barely. Authentic, wrenching, and perfectly read by Noah Galvin. (Seana's pick)


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Jun 18, 2014
  • FranticLullaby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Heart-wrenching, disturbing, and for psychologically mature readers. The books follow Leonard Peacock through his plan to shoot himself and a classmate with his grandfather's old Nazi gun, and it is not for the lighthearted. I cried. I was so disturbed by how logical Leonard's thinking was when his conclusion seemed like it shouldn't be come to reasonably. "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock" is a beautiful, sad story with the ability to make you question your own capability for comprehending the people around you.

Feb 01, 2014
  • puckish rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I listened to this on Overdrive, and the last few hours kept me up late - I couldn't go to bed until they were done. And then I still couldn't go to bed until I found a different book to listen to, to try to get this one out of my head.

... It's not a bedtime story. Other than that, the above is great. The book is great. If you interact with kids, adults, anyone with mental illness, anyone ever, you should read this book. It's a hard book to stomach, and that's why it's so important. I've gone through stuff like this, and it's so important to pay attention to the last third of this book. I wish there was another part, for some more of the "what comes next" because I think that's really important too... But this book is a good start.

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