Book Thoughts: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

(**I read this title on Netgalley through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)


In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I’m sorry I couldn’t be more than I was—that I couldn’t stick around—and that what’s going to happen today isn’t their fault.

Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.

But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school’s class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.

In this riveting book, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out.

My Thoughts: 

When a book completely blows your mind, it’s very hard to write a review. There’s so many good things to say that your mind forgets them all. Therefore, this post is going to be me trying to persuade you to read this book.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is absolutely phenomenal. It’s real, it’s raw, and the protagonist’s voice could not be more authentic. The way Leonard’s thoughts are processed are relatable and eye opening and makes you wish there are more people like him that view the world in that way.

My mind, heart, body and soul were attached to every word of this novel. Even though I admit I didn’t shed a tear until the very end of the novel, I connected with every realization that Leonard had about life and growing up. Actually, the main reason I think people should read this novel is to experience his thoughts and outlooks. Experiencing is one of the most important ways of learning, and we can all learn from one another. 

Everything about this book is amazing: the story line, the characters and the way the situation plays out. I was very satisfied with the ending (which, if you read this book, you will be too.)

Hence, you should read this novel. No arguments. Thank you, Matthew Quick, for creating this truly wonderful read.


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