BOOK REVIEW: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – by Matthew Quick

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Title: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Author: Matthew Quick
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fiction
First published: August 13th 2013
Finished reading: July 24th 2015
Pages: 273
Rating 4

“DO ANYTHING! SOMETHING! Because you start a revolution one decision at a time, with every breath you take.”

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock was recommended to me various times over the past two months, so I thought it was about time to read it. The story sure didn’t disappoint. Matthew Quick created with Leonard Peacock a very disturbed character that will make you want to keep on reading to find out if he really ends up doing what he has been planning: kill his former best friend and then himself with his grandfather’s gun. This might make you feel a bit uncomfortable, but Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is brilliantly written and shows how various actions drove Leonard to form this disturbing plan in his head. The prose is more than good and I especially loved the letters from the future that are to help Leonard convince himself to not kill himself. This novel has some heavy themes that might not be for everyone, but I think it’s definitely worth it. It really gives you an insight in how seemingly normal kids end up with a gun in their hands and how a disaster possibly can be prevented by an act of kindness like that of Herr Silverman.

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Leonard Peacock turned 18 today, but nobody seems to realize it. He is tired of this life and decides to give four people a goodbye gift before he gives himself his own birthday present: killing his former best friend with his grandfather’s gun and afterwards end his own life. The four people that are most important in his life don’t realize what he is up to… His neighbor and Borgart fan Walt suspects something is wrong, but he doesn’t insist. His classmate Baback doesn’t trust his gift and leaves Leonard alone with his thoughts… And a Christian girl named Lauren doesn’t really appreciate his gift either. Will Her Silverman, the last person and the teacher of his class on the Holocaust, be able to save Leonard from his fate? Or can Leonard save himself before it’s too late?

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This is not your typical topic when it comes to YA contemporary novels, but it makes Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock that much more interesting. Sure, in a way it’s disturbing to read about a teenager who is planning to kill someone and then commit suicide, but it is something that can happen if someone is desperate enough. The prose is brilliant and with a fast pace it is quite a quick read that will leave you wondering what could have happened. I would definitely recommend reading it if you like YA contemporary and don’t mind a ‘heavy’ read!

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11 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – by Matthew Quick

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  5. I liked Matthew Quick’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ which dealt heavily with mental illness. I’m glad he was able to take the topic to a YA audience, too. Glad you liked it!

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    • I’m definitely going to add Silver Linings Playbook to my wishlist! Mental ilness is a very interesting topic if dealt with in the right way, and I enjoyed Matthew Quick’s writing style in Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.

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