Skip to main content

Book Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ebook copy from Netgalley.

This book is so many things and all of them add a different element that makes it hard to put down.

This story is a glimpse into the life of a troubled teen who has figured out how to slip through the cracks and play the system.  He is alone in the world, dealing with some major issues and feeling as if no one cares.  He uses the fact that his birthday has arrived and no one seems to know or remember as an excuse for what he feels must be done.  He must end his life and the life of his former best friend.

We are on the journey with him as he goes through his day saying goodbye to the four people who he has connected with in the past few years.

There's Walt, his elderly next-door neighbor, who has introduced Leonard to Humphrey Bogart movies. The two will spend full days watching the movies and quoting lines back and forth. Walt is the first to notice that something is wrong with Leonard but he lacks the means to do more that voice mild concern.

There is Baback a fellow loner student.  The two have an odd sort of friendship.  Leonard spends his lunch period (and his lunch money) listening to Baback play the violin.

There's Lauren, a devout Christian who tries to bring the light of Christ into Leonard's life. His recounting of how he met Lauren is in a way absurd but completely fitting with Leonard's character.

Herr Silverman, Leonard's Holocaust class teacher, is probably the most important person in Leonard's life.  He's the kind of teacher we read about in books and wish we had in school.  Like Walt he notices that something is not really right with Leonard on this day and he tries, as best he can, to reach out and offer help.

Leonard is that smart ass kid who thinks he's smarter than his classmates.  He's got a sense of humor that I love seeing in characters, but it's shadowed by this darkness. You see this in the letters written to Leonard from the future (that's all I'm going to say about them because I don't want to give too much away).   As the story progresses we learn about the cause of his darkness.  It was at this revelation that and the following events in the book that really made me feel as though this was the best novel I've read so far this year.

Comments

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Blind Date with a Book

Last year I put together a book display called Blind Date with a Book.  I found the idea through another librarian's post and thought it was great.  Last year I wrapped 19 books and 15 books were checked out.  We asked that people reviewed the book but unfortunately only two people returned reviews.
Last year's books included:

In the Hot Zone by Kevin SitesNight by Elie WieselTom Clancy's Ghost Recon by Daivd MichaelsMacbeth by ShakespearA Million Little Pieces by James FreyWolf Hall by Hilary MantelAn Inconvenient Truth by Al GoreUnder the Dome by Stephen KingLawless by Nora RobertsThe Sinatra Files by Tom KuntzThe Help by Kathryn StockettThe Dante Club by Matthew PearlFord County by John GrishamThe Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel BarberyThe Postmistress by Sarah BlakeA Beautiful Mind by Sylvia NasarHide & Seek by James PattersonA Vintage Affair by Isabel WolfGorgeous East by Robert Girardi Most of these books were ones that I either had read or wanted to read. But…

It's Monday! What are you reading? - October 22

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title:Stygian (Dark-Hunter #27)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Date Started: October 21

Title:The Catholic Youth Bible Date Started: January 1 Note:Roof Beam Reader Read the Bible as Literature Event

Currently Listening:

Title: The Power of One
Author: Bryce Courtenay
Narrator: Humphrey Bower
Date Started: July 30
Finished Reading:

TitleThe Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy's Secret Werewolf Babies
Author: Nine Naught Novelists
Date Finished: October 21
Stars: 3 of 5
Review: Funny read, wish it was flushed out a bit more.

TitleFaith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart
Author: Kath Escobar
Date Finished: October 20
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: Interesting read, really shed some light on some of the things I'm going through with my faith right now.

TitleMeg (MEG #1)
Author: Steve Alten
Date Finished: October 3
Stars: 4 o…

Went to the 2013 NJLA Adult Services Forum...left with a book list.

Yesterday I attended the NJLA Adult Services Forum (don't worry you don't need to know what it is for this post) and while there attended one panel and spoke on another and walked away with a list of some new books to read.  Since I'm really behind in writing reviews I decided to just share these new books so I at least had a post for today!

The Marked Men series by Jay Crownover



Real series by Katy Evans



Vintage by Susan Gloss



I Love This Bar by Carolyn Brown