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!!
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.
Narrator did an excellant job; as good as any adult I've heard. This story should be a required "read" for every person.
What a great insight into the mind of an outcast highschool student and the series of events that bring him to his 18th birthday, a gun in his pocket and a plan in his head. A tragic story made all the more so because we know there is so much truth here: that parents regularly let their children down by their own selfishness and blind ignorance.
Various versions of of Leonard Peacock walk by us every day as we make assumptions about how good their lives must be or judge how awful and weird they behave.I never felt sorry for Leonard or thought he was being weak, dramatic, whining or self-absorbed. The author slowly revealed the mind of a damaged child who rightfully was pointing a finger at all the idiot adults in his world who didn't fulfill their end of the bargain, yet showed how he could forgive them, and with the help of one caring person, ultimately himself.
That the credits in the end of the include a long list of social workers and mental health professionals tells the sad truth behind this fictional character.
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