Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Quick, Matthew. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2013. Print. ISBN 13: 9780316221337. Hardback. $18.00.

Annotation: Leonard Peacock spends his eighteenth birthday saying goodbye – goodbye to those he loves- and to those he hates. He’s got a plan to kill his ex-best friend and then himself, what else can he do? He certainly can’t live like this anymore, not unless something changes.


Leonard Peacock has had enough.

It’s his eighteenth birthday and his only wish is to kill his ex-best friend, Asher Beal, and then himself. He’s prepared and he’s ready.

Leonard chats with his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed neighbor, Walt. Leaves a questionable gift for his absent mother, Linda – who never even bothered to wish him a happy birthday. He finally asks why his favorite teacher never rolls up his sleeves. He kisses a pastor’s daughter and asks her to pray for him. And then he waits – outside of Asher’s house – for the right moment to put his plan in motion.

But as Leonard lives through what is supposed to be the last day of his life, can he really go through with it? Can he pull the trigger – and what happens when he finally does?


Quotables: “What’s so important that he couldn’t take five minutes to look up at the sky with me?” (pg 37)

“That’s basically the mantra of Herr Silverman’s teaching – think for yourself and do what’s right for you, but let others do the same.” (pg 106)

“Your life partner, your best friend, the most wonderful person you’ll ever know is sitting in some high school right now waiting to graduate and walk into your life – maybe even feeling all the same things you are, maybe even wondering about you, hoping that you’re strong enough to make it to the future where you’ll meet.” (pg 118)

★ Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock has been given many accolades including: named on the list of YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults (2014), one of Mashable’s 11 Best YA Books of 2013, and one of Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2013 among others.


YOUR OPTIONS: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is available in print, eBook, and downloadable audio formats.

Anastasia Vito © 2014


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