Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
by Matthew Quick [YA Quick]
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock starts off with Leonard's admission of his plan of killing his ex-best friend and then himself. But first he wants to give a gift to the four people who have meant the most to him in his daily life. As the reader you are completely immersed in Leonard's thoughts and spend a little over a day in his troubled mind. I originally thought it would be hard to connect to a character who is so emotionally cut off from others and is very dark, but as a character Leonard gradually becomes more and more relatable and even likeable. I read this book in one sitting and was wowed at the emotional punch that Quick is able to develop. The story is told entirely from Leonard's perspective in first person which allowed me an insight into his thoughts and feelings in a very real and emotional way. I was left with a feeling that was very similar to the way I felt after finishing John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, with its haunting beauty and immensely quotable passages. This is not a happy book or necessarily even an enjoyable one. For me it was a very rare reading experience, where the character really became something more. -- recommended by Wyatt P. - Gere Branch Library [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, or Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.]
[Also available in downloadable audio, book-on-cd, downloadable E-book and Large Print formats.]
[ official Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock page on the official Matthew Quick web site ]
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