Title: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Author: Matthew Quick
Published: August 13th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Realistic Fiction, Mental Health
My Rating: 5/5
“I’m trying to let him know what I’m about to do.
I’m hoping he can save me, even though I realize he can’t.”
Today is Leonard’s birthday. It’s the day his mother forgot, the day he says his goodbyes, and the day he loads his grandfather’s old gun into his backpack, determined to kill his former best friend.
As we watch Leonard say goodbye to the few people he holds dear, we learn the truth about what causes Leonard Peacock to end the life of someone he used to be close to. We follow Leonard down the dark path of recent years, and what brings him to this dramatic conclusion.
This book is…different, I guess. It’s hard to put into words how I felt while reading it. I think I’m going to label this one, “tricky.”
It’s such a complicated feeling to care about a character while you simultaneously hate that character. And it’s easy to hate a character when they plan to kill another person, but when their reasoning comes to the surface, it can complicate things.
This was a fast read and the writing was really well done. You could tell that Matthew Quick put a lot into such a deep and dark subject. And he did a fantastic job on all of his characters and their interactions with Leonard at his different points and trials.
But I have a hard time saying I enjoyed this book. Is it right to say that I enjoyed the damaged and troubled mind of a very broken teenage boy? It may be fair to say that I appreciated the insight, especially when the subjects in the book are very relatable to what we see on the news constantly these days.
Overall, this book is good. It should be read and I highly recommend it. But it is dark and twisty, it’s messed up, and definitely has some trigger warnings. Go in with an open mind, ride the story out, and sit with it.
You don’t have to love Leonard, you don’t have to hate him. You can join me on the middle ground, continuously processing something deeper than a contemporary romance, trickier than your average YA stand alone, and darker than most people get a chance to see into the mind of someone who has had it rough.
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