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
Country life, raising plants, hard working, love reading, wishing I had more time to read, aging, soon will have more time to read.
Brilliant Troubled Youth
Leonard's elderly friend, Walt, watches Bogart movies endlessly. Leonard enjoys watching them with Walt and they develop a secret coded language made up entirely of quotes from Bogart movies. Leonard has a similar acquaintance with Shakespeare.
No, I haven't. And I worry that his voice will be forever linked to this amazing character. He is extraordinary; versatile, clear, good pacing, and - given this amazing text - full of surprises; twists and turns.
Yes. I had to make a long drive up the California central coast and actually pulled over at Bean Hollow Beach to lengthen the trip. It was at that moment that the gun jammed or refused to fire. Spellbinding.
I suspect that I am not the target audience for this book. I am late middle age, female, and have no children. Regardless. The character is fascinating, fresh, surprising at every turn, sympathetic, lovely actually. I think Herr Silverman's suggestions to write letters from the future is a thoughtful exercise and, in this case, life saving. Loved the book and the reader.
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!!
One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope
Lenny Peacock is a high schooler with a dreadful secret and a serious shortage of self-esteem. He's not a bad kid, but he's as popular as a waterlogged dog at a Sunday social. Today, he plans to murder a former friend and kill himself.
I bought this short novel when it was on sale because I really enjoyed the author's Silver Linings Playbook. "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock" is geared more toward teens. While I used to be one, and thus both appreciate and hate that place of awkwardness and angst, if magic made a time machine, I'd go back to 21, not 16.
I should have read the signs, and known I would find this book mediocre.
Say something about yourself!
an amazing book that should have gotten all 5 stars from me but does't because the author decided that an ending was not necessary. What a shame...
The whole entire book was memorable. Seriously a great book, but I think the most memorable moment was when he went to make the pancakes because his mother got too busy to do it for him.
Noah Galvin has the perfect voice for all books that are being narrated by a teen. In fact, I think that if you have a book that is narrated by a young man, it should be mandatory that Noah performs it. It's not just his voice that makes it so good, it's the way that dramatizes, but does not over do it.
Yes, the end, when I realized that there was no ending to it.
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.
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