Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Title: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Author: Matthew Quick 

Published: August 13th, 2013

Pages: 288

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Listened to on Audible 


Wreath(13)-BlackGoodreads Description: 

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 look at a day in the life of a disturbed teenage boy, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out.


Things I enjoyed about this book: 

I love that Matthew Quick tackled such tough topics in his novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. It was TOUGH read. You grow to love Leonard and ache for him to find resolution. That’s the mark of a good book, when you feel for your characters.

The Things I Didn’t Enjoy: 

It was super depressing. Like there is nothing happy about this book. I also kept going back and fourth whether this book would be more of a positive or negative influence in the world. I’m still in up in the air about it.



Matthew Quick deserves 3 out 5 bird feathers for his novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. This book makes you feel emotions you probably haven’t felt. I thought the storyline carried well and kept me captivated until the last page. I loved the characters and the roles they played in Leonard’s life. I would have liked to have more resolution, but I guess it’s part of the creativity, I will hope he is where I want him to be. I listened to this novel, and the narrator did a wonderful job! Not one I recommend to everyone, but more my dark and twisty friends.

Parent’s Guide:

Swearing, sex, sexual assault, weapons, lots of murder talk.


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