Overall rating. But out of all of them, Charm and Strange and now Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock takes the cake for tackling tough, taboo issues. In this case, suicide. But instead of the story being told from tapes from the deceased and another MC, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is told play-by-play from Leonard himself.
His voice is real, broken, hurt, confused and relatable. He wants to be seen, remembered. He wants people to acknowledge his existence.
When we are introduced to Leonard, he immediately fills the reader in on his plans, though the ultimate reason why is revealed along the course of his day as he gives away personal items or gifts to four people he regularly interacts with. Two mostly tolerate or accept his presence in their routine, but unlike most of his peers, they communicate with him in some way despite being weirded out by his differences.
Leonard is vastly different from his classmates and that is quickly apparent in his reasonings and speech. This is me giving The Fault in Our Stars the stink eye. His situation depressed me on a serious level and I just wanted to give this guy hug. His mother spends her days in New York, living her dream working as a designer and his father is nowhere to be seen, leaving Leonard to mostly fend for himself. Thankfully, Leonard is not entirely alone and when the climax hits, he does begin to see there are people who care about him. If there is one piece of criticism I do have it was the way the Letters From the Future were introduced.
Leonard also has moments when he references footnotes in his narration, which is generally not a style that I love since it causes me to flip back and forth from the footnotes to the story. Word to the wise, reading this one on your kindle might be a pain.
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Poignant and moving. October 09, Updated: October 09, Combining humour and hope, the novel targets the most controversial issues effecting teenagers today: depression and school shootings. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is a dark book. Leonard is in a really bad place at the beginning of the novel. Before that happens, he wants to say goodbye to the four people most important to him: his Humphrey Bogart obsessed neighbour; the musical prodigy he never talks to; the Christian home-schooled girl he has a crush on; and his favourite teacher, Herr Silverman.
As Leonard speaks to each of these people, his secrets and the events that led up to this moment are slowly revealed. Leonard is probably one of the loneliest characters I have ever read. My heart broke every single chapter as I read his interactions with his friends. But no one does. And then the tears started mine. There is a part of him that just wants to die and be rid of this world and the horrors of it, but a larger part of him is waiting to be saved. Leonard enjoys looking at complex situations and asking the hard questions, which the novel replicates.
The book constantly questions the reader over the role of religion, of the purpose of life and death, and the effects of parental neglect and depression. I loved Herr Silverman, he was an amazing character. He genuinely cares for Leonard and promises that he will be there for Leonard whenever he needs a shoulder to cry on. The answer is just as sad as you can imagine, but hopeful, too. He was selfish and rude and I wanted Herr Silverman to just dump him. The writing was very confronting. I found myself agreeing with him during many of his conversations, especially when he spoke about religion.
I honestly thought I would not like Leonard. This made the book feel hyper realistic and I was blown away by the emotional impact Leonard had on me. However, I was confused by the ending of the book. It just kind of … ends. He really needs professional help, otherwise he will only revert back to his state before the beginning of the book. I think the flatness of the ending suggests that the reader is supposed to come up with their own ending for Leonard. It definitely ends on a hopeful note, so we are led to believe that Leonard will be ok in the end, but that negated the realistic feel of the entirety of the book.
This is a book that is going to stay with me for a long time. Good Points.
Lorrie Top 50 Reviewer 84 reviews. A powerful, soul-changing book. A must read. July 29, Once I started, I couldn't stop until it was finished and thrumming in my hands. Actually, I lied, since I listened to the audio, but I imagine myself holding the book and my hands are shaking because I'm thinking of the world covered in water, even Philadelphia, and I'm wrecked, because of the letters Leonard's future family write to him as he contemplates murder and suicide on his eighteenth birthday.
Leonard is a thinker. He's not a sheep or a follower. He's not like the "mindless morons" that fill his high school and classrooms with so many others who just go through the motions and don't challenge the system. Or, if they do, live a duality that hides their true nature.
And for a book that's trying to make a character study about this exact matter, it felt very cheap. Can you explain in more detail what this book is about?
I'm looking for books to buy with money I've gotten. You will miss all the surprises. All I knew about the book when I started reading, was …more I recommend not to search for much information about the book. All I knew about the book when I started reading, was that Leonard Peacock has birthday today and he's gonna kill his best friend and then himself. Anyway this is an awesome book.
Easy to read, easy to fall in love with. One of the best books I have ever read in my life.
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More filters. Sort order. Sep 30, Emily May rated it it was amazing Shelves: , contemporary , young-adult. I imagined all of my blood flowing out into the snow and watching it turn a beautiful crimson color as Philadelphians walked by in a great hurry, not even pasuing to admire the beauty of red snow, let alone register the fact that a high school kid was dying right in front of their eyes. I don't know how helpful this review will be because I read most of the book through a film of tears. Which is an embarrassingly melodramatic statement to make after this book managed to be so dark and sad witho I imagined all of my blood flowing out into the snow and watching it turn a beautiful crimson color as Philadelphians walked by in a great hurry, not even pasuing to admire the beauty of red snow, let alone register the fact that a high school kid was dying right in front of their eyes.
Which is an embarrassingly melodramatic statement to make after this book managed to be so dark and sad without feeling forced or manipulative like my words. But it's true.