Title: Forgive me, Leonard Peacock
Author: Matthew Quick
Genres: YA, mental health
“I feel like I’m broken—like I don’t fit together anymore. Like there’s no more room for me in the world or something. Like I’ve overstayed my welcome here on Earth, and everyone’s trying to give me hints about that constantly. Like I should just check out.”
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 look at a day in the life of a disturbed teenage boy, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out.
What I think of it
This book was heartbreaking but also very enjoyable. You will be devastated by finding out why a high school teacher doesn’t roll up his sleeves (this actually made me cry for 10 minutes straight, I’m warning you). This story makes you want to pull Leonard Peacock out of the book and hug him really tightly. This is a must read and I highly recommend it, I actually think this book should be read by everyone in this world.
You WILL be a wreck during the whole story but it’s all worth it.