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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Quick
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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A powerful and important book for fans of Mark Haddon, THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and Jay Asher.

How would you spend your birthday if you knew it would be your last?

Eighteen-year-old Leonard Peacock knows exactly what he'll do. He'll say goodbye.

Not to his mum - who he calls Linda because it annoys her - who's moved out and left him to fend for himself. Nor to his former best friend, whose torments have driven him to consider committing the unthinkable. But to his four friends: a Humphrey-Bogart-obsessed neighbour, a teenage violin virtuoso, a pastor's daughter and a teacher.

Most of the time, Leonard believes he's weird and sad but these friends have made him think that maybe he's not. He wants to thank them, and say goodbye.

In this riveting and heart-breaking book, acclaimed author Matthew Quick introduces Leonard Peacock, a hero as warm and endearing as he is troubled. And he shows how just a glimmer of hope can make the world of difference.

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The incredible new novel from the author of Oscar-nominated THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. For fans of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.

About the Author

Matthew Quick `aka Q` is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made in to an Academy Award-winning film. His work has been translated in to more than twenty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, among other accolades. Q lives in Massachusetts with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Bessette.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1430 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (13 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C74SKI6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I've been an avid reader all my life and have suffered from depression for nearly 25 years, but this is the first time I have found a book that explains with such eloquence what mental illness feels like from the inside. Leonard Peacock is a beautifully written, unforgettable character who is wry and witty even as he plans his exit strategy from a life that no longer holds any hope or joy for him. It's a tragic subject, yes, but this novel is a surprisingly easy and ultimately uplifting read. I couldn't part with it and read the entire book in a day. You will love Leonard, you will want to take him home, to love him and to fix him. If you have ever lived with or loved someone with depression and wished you could understand the black dog that occasionally grips them, this is as good an introduction as you will find. It may even enable you to help loved ones suffering from mental illness, which can only be a positive thing. I believe this should be required reading, to help us all to become more sympathetic and supportive of our fellow human beings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark but hopeful 30 Jun. 2013
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Firstly, this book was listed under 'children's books', and I definitely wouldn't call it that. It's suitable for mature 15yrs and up probably, dealing with very dark themes including rape, suicide and violence.

Leonard Peacock is a young man neglected by his mother and misunderstood by many around him. The story begins with Leonard contemplating his day ahead, his 18th birthday, and a day he intends to consist of giving gifts to the people who matter in his life, before killing both his childhood friend Asher Beal and himself. It's quickly obvious why Leonard wants to kill Asher and himself, but Matthew Quick's writing never feels predictable or cliched. Written as a first person narrative, we get a strong sense throughout of how troubled and confused Leonard is, and as his gifts don't elicit the responses he hoped for, his feelings of powerlessness and betrayal struggle with his desire for peace and happiness.

Leonard's real saving grace is his teacher, Herr Silverman, and his message of hope is the undercurrent of the entire book. Interspersed throughout Leonard's narrative are 'Letters from the Future', which Herr Silverman has advised Leonard to write in order to find a way through his troubles. These are touching counterpoints to Leonard's suffering, showing the person he really wants to be.

I'd recommend this book for older teenage readers and adults, it's very well written and the kind of book you'd come back and read again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. 3 Jan. 2015
I have to admit, I was let down enormously by this book. From the first page, you know what this kid is up to. He wants to go to school, give out several gifts to special people in his life, then shoot his nemesis and finally shoot himself - all on his birthday.

However, I finished this book feeling this guy is a complete idiot. I was annoyed and frustrated at how this story went, I felt like the whole idea of shooting someone, of being raped, of family abuse was undermined by this book. I expected Leonard to get through his plan in the first 2 or 3 chapters, and then have us deal with the aftermath of this miserable situation. I expected to read a book in which I am trying to understand the reasons someone would get to that point of despair and how it affects everyone in the aftermath. Instead, all I get is chapter after chapter of Leonard going up to people, who we then realize aren't even close friends or of any importance, and giving them random - almost silly - gifts. In the meantime, bits and pieces of why he reached this point are revealed to us.

We realize that his mom is a complete b***h, that she neglects him, and does not even live with him. We realize that his former best friend (whom he wants to shoot) has been raped by his uncle, and therefore begins taking what his uncle was doing to him and performing it on Leonard himself who was too young to understand what was happening and was afraid to lose their friendship. Eventually, that happens anyway, and his former best friend threatens him with a recording he had taken when Leonard was unaware.

This begins a series of violence and bullying towards Leonard at school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable, engrossing and touching 18 Nov. 2013
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I thought this was a very good book. It is readable, engrossing and touching and also has some important things to say. Narrated by Leonard Peacock, a High School student in Philadelphia, it is the tale of one day of his life - his eighteenth birthday. On that day he decides that he will first shoot a schoolmate and then himself. (This is revealed on Page 2, so isn't that much of a spoiler.) We get Leonard's observations on life, what has brought him to this state and portraits of various people he knows, both the very good, the not so good and the "übermorons".

Leonard is (pretty obviously) an unhappy and rather disturbed character, but his narrative makes perfect sense in its own terms, and I found it genuinely touching and very believable. Much of the time he is just experiencing the sort of anxieties and disillusion which many of us have felt at some time, but considerably more intensely, which for me made the sympathy for him the more heartfelt as the events which have led up to all this are gradually revealed. His observations on the truly good people in his life are tender and sometimes moving, and he has some very shrewd things to say about the roles played by others, even those who are fairly incidental to the story. For example, of his school Guidance Counsellor, who expresses concern which Leonard meets with an emphatic speech about how he is fine, he says:
"Deep down she absolutely knows I'm bull[...]ing her, I'm sure of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgive me Leonard peacock
Read the whole book in less than 24 hours even with a 5 month old around. Could not put this book down, incredible story that had me crying my eyes out at the end!
Published 22 days ago by Paige
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter just kept saying I love it, I love it
My daughter just kept saying I love it, I love it, I love it! My daughter cried when she finished this because she didn't want it to end... EVER! Read more
Published 26 days ago by Michael Scott
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Published 3 months ago by Talia Rudofsky
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing read again
Loved this book ,, so good ,,
Published 3 months ago by martin A2288
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that simultaneously makes you want to cry in a ball and go in...
I chose this book after leaving of it's important topics and the very compelling character Leonard Peacock. I love Herr Silverman.
Published 4 months ago by Chloe Fraser
4.0 out of 5 stars A very compelling and significant read.
I didn't really know what to expect when I started reading this book, all I can say was I knew it would definitely be emotional and tackle a incredibly difficult subject. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D Calvert
4.0 out of 5 stars Profound and disturbing
This is a powerful, thought provoking book about a teenager and his struggle against a depression and life circumstances which threaten to consume him. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing and Relatable
This book is engrossing and relatable, especially to people who have had their lives broken by other people. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shakira Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant thank you.
Published 6 months ago by mrs sandra ball
4.0 out of 5 stars Angst
This is well written and interesting, but I'm not quite sure who it is aimed at. As a teenage novel it is quite heavy going. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. J. Saxton
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