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.
Regarding my experience with the author, I had only seen the movie Silver Linings Playbook, and though I couldn’t compare it to the book, I was amazed by it – not only by the performances and cinematography, but especially by its thematic.
Now, let’s talk about Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Though depressing, it is an amazing read.
It all happens on Leonard’s eighteen birthday. The day that he decides to kill Asher Beal and then commit suicide. Before that, he’s got four presents to give to the four most important people.
It’s heart-breaking how real this could be. This teenager realizes adulthood would not bring anything better. So, why care about it?
Why don’t they use their freedom and liberty to pursue happiness?
Observing them gets me down; it makes me feel like I never want to be an adult.
Leonard is such a smart, but sad and lonely character, I just felt like giving him a hug despite of what he was planning to do.
Quick’s writing is perfect. Just perfect. I was laughing and almost crying at the same time.
As last, I love the cover. The gun-shaped hand, the bold font, its colours.. it’s very pretty and well related to the plot.
5 heart-breaking stars!
disclaimer: e-ARC provided by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Quotes may not appear in the final edition.