Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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 : Little, Brown Young Readers, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781478926894
Branch Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Galvin, Noah
OverDrive, Inc

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vv8
Jun 01, 2015

It's clear from this novel's description that it deals with a heavy, disturbing subject matter. Told with blunt honesty, this book will cause you to reflect on your own ability to impact ordinary lives of those with which you interact. The content is more appropriate for mature teen audiences, and the audiobook's narration was extremely well-done.

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FranticLullaby
Jun 18, 2014

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.

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puckish
Feb 01, 2014

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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Jun 01, 2015

Sexual Content: discussion of homosexuality & other sexual scenes

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Jun 01, 2015

Coarse Language: frequent profanity

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Jun 01, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: discussion of violence & suicide

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Jun 01, 2015

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