Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Reviewed By: L.D.
It’s Leonard Peacock’s 18th birthday. He has big plans. By the end of the day, Leonard is going to kill his former best friend and then off himself. First though, he wants to say good-bye to the only four people who have meant anything to him. Not his self-absorbed Mom. Certainly not his Dad who left them years ago. He has gifts to give to the old guy that lives next door (and introduced Leonard to Bogie movies), to the foreign kid at school who secretly practices violin in an empty auditorium, but allows Leonard to listen, to the gorgeous born-again Christian girl who hands out religious tracts at the train station, and finally, to his Holocaust studies teacher. Will any of them see Leonard’s gift-giving for what it is? Will he succeed in his murder-suicide plan or will someone stop him? You must read this book!
Why I Picked it Up: I am still catching up on all of the audiobooks I downloaded during the summer from SYNC. This was one of them.
Why I Finished It: It was THAT good. The narrator Noah Galvin is so good, he becomes Leonard. As you follow Leonard through his day, hear his thoughts, witness his encounters with the people he cares about, learn about what happened between him and his former best friend, you just have to find out… does he go through with it?
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend it to anyone who liked Thirteen Reasons Why; I thought this was so much better. Because of the content, I would recommend it to older teens, and definitely to any adult who works with or lives with teens.
**Librarian Side Note** Recognize the author’s name?? This is the same guy who wrote Silver Linings Playbook! Also, picking up on her recommendation for fans of 13 Reasons Why, didn’t some of you just get to see Jay Asher speak at your school? If you liked that, then try this!