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
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.
This book was really hard for me to get into. In fact, I almost deleted it about a third of the way through. It finally caught my attention and I was very glad I continued listening. But the ending was not satisfying. I don't feel like the story was wrapped up very well and I have so many more questions. The narrator was great though. I really enjoyed his interpretation of the characters.
I liked this book a lot! Best narrator I have had so far!! Only wish they had an epilogue. It felt like the book just ended when the story was not finished!
Never knew what it would be like to be inside the head of an 18-year-old boy ready to commit murder and suicide. This is something all adults with children to help them better understand where their children or their classmates children's could possibly be coming from indeed pain and sorrow.
My rebellious spirit never allowed me to enjoy classics when I was in school, so I have some catching up to do... 😉
Never having been a fan of The Catcher in the Rye, I found this book mellow dramatic. That being said, I think a lot of angsty teens who are not sure where they fit in will identify with Leonard. The message of it came across as very open-ended, though, so don't expect many answers. But I liked that. It's not neatly wrapped and tied with a bow. My least favorite part (although it was funny) was the cliché description of Christians. I think the author was attempting to describe Baptists or Pentecostals but then he would describe them to sound like Catholic or Presbyterians or Methodists. It was confusing. But one thing is for sure, I have NEVER met Christians such as these. It was utterly ridiculous. However, if it was meant to come off as Leonard's Atheistic view of how they SEEMED after first meeting them, then I can possibly understand that. But I guess that wasn't the point - it was just confusing/funny/annoying so I thought I'd mention it. :)
I'd recommend it to select friends. It was a good and quick listen but the story line was deep and sad and even disturbing at points.
Yes, it was hard to find a place to stop because I wanted to know Leo's whole story and what his next moves would be.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I had no idea what to expect from this book and was very pleasantly surprised. Leonard Peacock is a young man we all can identify with, either from our own experiences or from someone we knew while we were in high school. With no family support whatsoever, he is struggling to come to terms with his self-worth and has some very big decisions to make, which will be either life-shattering or life-affirming. Join Leonard on his 18th birthday to see what happens. This book elicits a lot of different emotions--sadness, anger, frustration, and maybe even some joy. It is a story that will remain in my mind for a long while.
Excellent, believable narration adds to the experience.
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