Audie Award Finalist, Teens, 2014
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 audiobook, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made - and the light in us all that never goes out.
©2013 Matthew Quick (P)2013 Hachette Audio
One of the authors that has stuck with me is the late Stephen Covey, hence the headline of my review. Why quote Covey for the headline of this review? Because the quote points to the healing process available to the young man--yes man--who is the title character. He doesn't know it, but he has grown up in spite of his parents and himself. Bravo! We were pulling for you.
My heart pounded through most of the book and not because I was walking around the block fifteen times to get my exercise in for the day. The author captured the vacated, self-centered suburban emotional landscape of many teenager's lives--too old to be latch-key kids but too emotionally unstable to root themselves into a healthy rhythm of self-discovery and respect.
There's one scene where there's an intersection between the young and vulnerable and the old and cynical. Which wins out? I'll only say that they both had the adage "begin with the end in mind." I was surprised by both the teenager's and the infirmed old man's response to what was a life-threatening situation.
Tagline for a movie of this book: Why it was foolishly ignorant for the city of Philadelphia--and the state of California and so many other cities and town--to lay off school counselors as if we don't need them for kids who are emotionally abandoned.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
I was hesitant to buy this book since I had mixed feelings about Silver Linings Playbook. But I did buy it, and am very glad I did!!
This is a beautifully written story, and perfectly narrated. It is a young adult story, but still thoroughly enjoyable for adults (and I am old!!). I looked forward to returning each time I left it behind.
Do yourself a favor and don't pass on this book--it is worth every penny (or credit!), and you will not be sorry!!
Well written and performed. Didn't blow me away but had two or three moments that did pierce me emotionally.
If you want to kill yourself or self-harm, then I strongly suggest you read this book. It really helped me with to fight my depression and self-worth problems. There are some books that are just stories, not intended for anything but hearing. But this book wasn't just a book. Leonard's story really spoke to me in a way that I hadn't expected it to or experienced before. We see the world very similarly, and reading his story gave me hope. It really did. Even if you don't feel sad or angry all the time, this book can still help you learn/ understand the minds of others. Also. If you are different than this book might really resonate with you. This book taught me that it doesn't matter who you are or what you do, there is always something else to the story. And maybe some people are truly crazy. Insanity does exist. But so does confusion, anger, and messed up perception. Sometimes, being misunderstood can be the greatest destroyer. Misunderstanding and depression/self-hatred probably kill way more people than evil and contempt do. I want to leave you with a quote that really stuck with me, especially when I was feeling really down:
"You're different. And I'm different too. Different is good. But different is hard. Believe me, I know."
-Mathew Quick (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock)
If you liked Silver Linings Playbook, it's the same author, and the story involves a young guy with a mental problem. It's well told, well narrated. I wished it was longer
Well above average, and that is a complement. Very thought provoking for a father of teenagers.
Performance was excellent. He was Leonard from the first sentence on. I could not possibly have imagined Leonard's voice any other way.
So many - Leonard's letters from the future were masterful. Contrasted with the teen insanity of his birthday plans. Of course, Herr Silverman's wisdom imparted under the bridge is a blade of hope in a vast landscape of painful adolescent mental illness.
Hard, excellent book and an outstanding performance. I would say not a children's book at all; not for younger teens, even. (Although I learned of it in the NYT Book Reviews of Children's literature.) One hopes that Leonard's troubles are unusual.
The book is amazing and unexpectedly reached my expectations and surpass them. I'm not much of a reader, but the book grasped my interest, and I devoured it in one sitting. It's a book that will make you go there and experience the feelings of the characters and made it so you as a the reader experience all of the struggles and misfortunes of the characters
Two words can indeed save someone's life. The narrator, Noah Galvin, really casts magic spell to Mathew's "übergenuine" characters. I loved this. I enjoyed this. It makes me want to be a better person to everyone. Thank you Mathew Quick, and thank you Noah Galvin. I am truly honored to meet Leonard Peacock.
This book hit home for me. It was beautiful and it kept my attention. ..I generally have a hard time reading or listening because is hard to focus. Nothing was boring in this book and I could not turn away, whatever the reader has experienced, no matter the religion, you can identify with the protagonist of the story. overall, it was intense.
Noah Galvin does a wonderful job bringing the story to life and making you feel as Leonard does.
A memorable cast of characters and an important message make this a great listen.
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