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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Raw, Emotional, Intense

A brilliant, yet lost, alone and angry young man tells his painful story of how he ended up deciding to commit murder and then suicide. His tale is emotionally torturous and he feels like a non-person in the eyes of most of the world, including his self-absorbed mother....
A brilliant, yet lost, alone and angry young man tells his painful story of how he ended up deciding to commit murder and then suicide. His tale is emotionally torturous and he feels like a non-person in the eyes of most of the world, including his self-absorbed mother. Only two people seem to truly care about him, his next door neighbor, an aging old man with two addictions, cigarettes and Bogart/Bacall movies. The other is his Holocaust teacher, Herr Silverman. Having made his decision to die, Leonard chose his eighteenth birthday as his final day on Earth, to make his statement to the world, reveal his pain and hopefully find peace. Can anyone save him? What secrets has he kept hidden for so many years? Does he want to be saved?

As Leonard says good-bye to the world in his own cryptic way, his mental dialogue is angst-filled and raw. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick is a gritty and bleak look into depression, loneliness and what happens when a child fails to thrive emotionally in a world that doesn’t seem to care about him. Matthew Quick has done an amazing job of bringing Leonard to life, warts and all. I instantly felt for this young man, because his pain was evident, the reasons revealed in small bits, one rejection after another. I felt I was in Leonard’s mind, listening to him, and frankly, agreeing with him, he definitely got the short end of the stick throughout most of his life, even Leonard recognized when it all began to go bad and the joy of being an innocent child was sucked out of him. Mr. Quick’s writing style is very descriptive, dark and foreboding, perfectly aligning with the theme of suicide and depression in a young man crying out internally for help, to be wanted and needed.

This should be a MUST read for all, especially those who merely shake their heads in disgust that suicide is the coward’s way out, then turn their backs on the topic. This isn’t a piece of fluff, Matthew Quick has written a thoughtful piece, fiction or not, that will carve your heart out with a dull blade.

An Arc edition was provided by NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for my honest review.

posted by DiiMI on August 4, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Interesting Book

This was a really interesting book. I liked it and all the characters and the messages or morals and how the bok made me think. But the end was certainly not what I was expecting. It was like I am reading along and then I turn the page and it simply says "For more infor...
This was a really interesting book. I liked it and all the characters and the messages or morals and how the bok made me think. But the end was certainly not what I was expecting. It was like I am reading along and then I turn the page and it simply says "For more information go to fecebook" or something like that. I was really looking forward to what was going to happen to Leonard afterwards. I wanted to see him jerk his mom back into reality and to see how the rest of his life turned out. I found out about this bok before it was published an was every excited. However if Quick had made the book longer, I would have gladly wait several more months for it to b published. On the other hand, the abrupt ending to the book could have been saying something I just didn't get.

Overall it was a good book. If I could I would rate it a 3.9 because this book doesn't seem like it should have been JUST a 3.

posted by PianoPlayer0 on August 21, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Remove pre-order

    I found this book way cheaper on google play and I need to cancel this pre-order soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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