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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock Hardcover – August 13, 2013
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I usually have a hard time getting through books dealing with heavy topics such as teen suicide and abuse. I'm not sure if it's Matthew Quick's insanely talented way of crafting a story, or if I could just deal with it in this particular book, but Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock was such a wonderfully sad read. Quick was was able to delicately balance some intensely heavy material with some lightheartedness which kept me from going over the edge emotionally.
Leonard's has been through a series of pretty crappy incidents which is what leads him to this life altering decision. We have a boy who's been neglected by his mother, who's lost a once great friend thanks to a very horrible incident, and doesn't really fit in anywhere in life. Quick's ability to interweave Leonard's present and past events was remarkable. I felt like I was right there with Leonard throughout the story, which is something that I'm not always able to do while reading a book.
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is a story that left a mark on me, and won't be soon forgotten.
What is special about today is that it is Leonard's birthday, and not one person has made an attempt to acknowledge the day. But, his plans for making his 18th birthday special have been building for a while now. Told in short chapters much like journal entries, much of the story is told in first person point of view: we actually see and feel Leonard's disenchantment with the state of the world, after the journey to find a positive reason to becoming an adult. We hope, as he takes us along his journey that he is able to find a reason to continue, and find some hope to soothe his troubled thoughts. That he is highly intelligent and thoughtful, and perhaps even a bit elitist in his beliefs about the mental capacity and functioning of others is clearly evident. In fact, despite his wish for a painful end for his best friend, and his apparent willingness to embrace his own death: this is not a kid who is mean or vengeful.
His self-proclaimed new best friend is his neighbor, Walt, an elderly and infirm man that shared his fondness for classic films, especially Bogart, with Leonard.Read more ›
Leonard Peacock is a very intelligent young man but he does not fit in with his fellow students. His mother has checked out of his life literally and figuratively so Leonard pretty much does as he pleases. His closest (and sadly, only) friend is his octogenarian next door neighbor Walt. They pass their time together watching old Bogart films and exchanging movie quotes. The only other positive role model in Leonard's life is his favorite teacher, Herr Silverman.
All of Leonard's unhappiness and confusion culminate on his eighteenth birthday. With his birthday forgotten by his incredibly self-absorbed and absentee mother, Leonard methodically goes about saying a final goodbye to the important people in his life. Walt and Herr Silverman are alarmed by his behavior and while they ask probing and pointed questions about his state of mind, Leonard insists he is fine.
Mr. Quick's characterization of Leonard is amazingly accurate. I have an eighteen year old son and I went straight to the source after reading some of Leonard's astute observations. Much to my amazement, he agreed completely with Leonard's viewpoint. I must confess I am a little saddened by both my son's and Leonard's cynical outlook about society and adulthood.
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is written in first person from Leonard's point of view. The story is well-written and unique but a couple of things take some getting used to.Read more ›
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I had this idea that I would love this book a lot, but I just didn't. I love these kinds of books because they touch on real things in life, sad things. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Melissa Martin's Reading List Blog
One of my all time favorites. A quick, easy read that will leave you laughing and crying.Published 3 days ago by Dez Calouette
Odd, strange, hard to keep reading. Rare for me to not finish a book but for me it kept getting worse. Not the kind of stuff I enjoy.Published 22 days ago by John Y
I'm conflicted on so many levels about this book. 1- it has a TON of foul language. the use of the F-word is on every other page, and that is not my favorite thing to expose myself... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Lazy and inconsistent writing made for unlike able and unrelatable characters. The sincerity and warmth found in Silver Linings has yet to be brought to the table again.Published 1 month ago by A. Fluter
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock was disturbing and sad. Or tragic and troubling. It was hard to read and digest. I'm glad I finished it and would have a hard time recommending it.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amy