Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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Book - 2013
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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
0316221333
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 farewell to the few people he cares about.

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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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 19, 2017

I read Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock in one night because I couldn't put it down. The book follows Leonard Peacock, a troubled 17-year-old boy suffering from depression who plans to kill his ex-best friend, Asher, and then himself, on his birthday. An extremely intense novel, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is an unforgiving look at mental illness and isolation that delves deep into Leonard's pysche - much deeper and much more haunting than one might expect. Quick's writing and descriptions of Leonard's pain are gutwrenching and beautiful all at the same time. The twist revealed in the third act - what Asher did - is heartbreaking and touches upon a topic that isn't talked about nearly enough in today's society. This is ultimately a hopeful read, but you have to bear the storm that comes first. I can honestly say that this book changed - and possibly saved - my life.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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secondhandrose
Mar 09, 2017

Although the subject matter was bleak this was really well composed and included some laugh out loud moments. Very deftly handled ending.

JCLDebbieF Sep 21, 2016

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.

AL_KATI Aug 08, 2016

Wow. I don't think this book has been read enough, or even heard of. Incredibly powerful and thoughtful, especially how Quick deals with murder-suicide. May be a bit tough emotionally for some readers.

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finn75
Jul 24, 2016

This book makes me remember how awful it is to be a teenager. You are so sensitive and vulnerable and dependent on the will and opinions of others. This book ultimately is a story of hope. That you can be at the bottom but you must always remember everything passes and life can look very different in time. Hang in there Leonard.

LPL_KimberlyL Feb 11, 2016

I wish I could transport myself in to this story so that I could sit with Leonard Peacock and just be his friend. What a lonely, despondent, and unusual character! I connected with Leonard on a deeper level than I do with most characters from novels--mostly because I wanted him to have a meaningful relationship and for him to be okay. This is one of those books that will stay with you for a long time--where you will continue to mull over the plot and the little intricacies. I won't be forgetting about Leonard any time soon.

CMLibrary_kmullis Feb 10, 2016

A book that not only has the ability to change someone's life, but quite possibly save it. The story is dark, bleak, and often heartbreaking, but it holds on to hope so tightly that readers simply can't let go. A phenomenal read.

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stceceilia
Sep 30, 2015

Brilliant book. I really liked how the book ended, i felt it wrapped things up really well and was realistic. Would definitely recommend this book, especially for teens contemplating suicide. It was a deeply moving book and was on the edge of my set wondering how it would end.

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MegK
Jun 25, 2014

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.

Cynthia_N Apr 29, 2014

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!

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Sep 28, 2015

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apopolau
Jun 25, 2015

I once told Herr Silverman about that red-line painting, saying I could easily do it myself, and he said in this super-confident voice, "But you didn't. " pg 2

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