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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock | Matthew Quick
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 will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol.Maybe one day he'll believe that being different is okay, important even. But not today.The New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick, brings an unflinchingly eye to the impossible choices we deal with every day--and the light in us all that never goes out.
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ohurtin
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Student of mine told me to read this. Very glad she did because it is amazing. Thank you #matthewquick for writing a truly important piece of literature. Everyone should read this, not just teens.
#fiction #yalit

Suet624 Oh shoot.. I forgot about Matthew Quick! I need to find more of his books. 11mo
ohurtin @Suet624 Been loving reading his stuff lately! Love this one and Silver Linings Playbook. 11mo
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Cspen113
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Road trip read! Enjoying the audio so far!

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LiteraryinLititz
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Mehso-so

It‘s possible I read through this book too quickly for it to leave much of an impact. I read it in one sitting while at the library, and while I was prepared to be moved by the premise of a deeply unhappy teenager going through the day of his planned murder-suicide, it didn‘t resonate with me as much as I expected it to.

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mrozzz
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I'm... shocked. While I was reading I had no idea it was a YA novel. I'm so overcome by the intensity of the emotions I endured following along with this short book, I'm not sure where to start! Not only was the writing so manipulatively perfect and readable, that Leonard... how I wanted to hug him and wish him a happy birthday.

It's Leonard Peacock's 18th birthday. He plans to end the day shooting/killing a boy he knows, & then killing himself.

LiteraryinLititz Wow. Your review is really powerful and makes me want to keep this book in the back of my mind for some time when I think I can handle it. Thanks for sharing. 💜 1y
CouronneDhiver Sounds amazing but probably too emotionally charged for me right now. Great review though! 1y
mrozzz It‘s certainly a tough one to read (and I‘m sort of glad I went into it without knowing specifics) but... it was so well done. @LiteraryinLititz @CouronneDhiver Do set it aside for a time you know you could handle the raw discussions of suicide. 💜 1y
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leigha_land
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OMG, guys, this book... READ IT NOW.

Matthew Quick brilliantly portrays the heartbreaking emotions of a young man who believes that his life will not get better and that suicide is his only option. This book sheds light on why it is SO IMPORTANT to be there for your fellow man. Luckily for Leonard, someone does step up for him, even though it is a difficult step to take.

Listen and be there for one another, friends. ❤️

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leigha_land
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After a fun little get away, I am on my home. 🚗 Be sure to stay tuned for my thoughts on my latest audiobook selection. ❤️

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Reggie
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Bailedbailed

Forgive me, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock but I started you on Saturday night and this is only pg.23 and after what happened on Friday there was just no way I could read you this week. Only pg. 23, this kid is secretly reaching out to a friend through Boggart quotes and I was ugly crying while I was supposed to be watching a room full of gamblers. But this bail wasn‘t a never again, just right now.

ValerieAndBooks Sometimes it‘s just not the right time. Hugs. 2y
RadicalReader @Reggie love the first line of your review!!! Genius reviewer!!! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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A coming-of-age story about a boy as he wrestles with depression and begins to face his past.

#fiercefeb #meandagun @Cinfhen @batsy

erzascarletbookgasm It is revealed that Leonard was raped for years by the friend he was going to kill (who himself was sexually assaulted by an adult).
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Cathythoughts Great cover ! (edited) 2y
batsy Wow, seems like an interesting and dark read. 2y
Cinfhen Yes! Great cover 😍 2y
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cj82487
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The best book finished so far is Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock... BUT I'm reading Her Body and Other Parties and it is such a wonderful collection of stories, so it might bump Leonard down to second place when I finish. #thewallsarecloaingin #2018favoriteread

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cj82487

Because you start a revolution one decision at a time, with each breath you take.

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MandaMT
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Pickpick

While reorganizing my bookshelves these two ended up in the same pile. First I just noticed that one was the opening to a letter and the other a closing. After rereading the first few chapters of Leonard Peacock (and having recently finished Dear Martin), my mind reeled a bit comparing these books. Two young men, both responding to trauma, with vastly different perspectives. Both great reads. I read each in a single sitting.

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Kalynrebecca
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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arle
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I love this book so much. I ugly cried. 💙

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! 2y
arle @RaimeyGallant thank you! 💙 :) 2y
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JacintaMCarter
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Pickpick

#2017Book159
#LitsyAtoZ Part 1: TBR books by author
#BookQ

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Samwise_Gamgee
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Rainy day reading, tea, and packing for Dublin later this week ✈️ #currentlyreading

Smangela This one has been on my TBR since I read Silver Linings Playbook and loved it; how is it? 3y
DimeryRene I've had this book for so long and never read it! 3y
Oryx I really liked this book, but had no idea it was the same author as silver linings. 3y
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Libby1 If you're getting up to Northern Ireland and fancy a Litsy meet up let me know! 😃 3y
Samwise_Gamgee @Smangela tough subject matter and the narrator's perspective is a definitely emotionally difficult to read, but at the same time I can't put it down. 3y
BkClubCare Oh, Dublin. Have fun 3y
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sprainedbrain
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Pickpick

Finished my last book for #24in48 with 4 minutes to spare... and it was a good one!

This book was painful to read - a real emotional roller coaster, but it was beautifully written and ultimately satisfying.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Blueberry His "Silver Linings Playbook" was wonderfully written also. 3y
sprainedbrain @Blueberry I've seen the movie, but I may have to check out the book, too! 3y
Blueberry Soo good...I listed it as one of my top 5 reads of last year. And different enough from the movie that you aren't duplicating what you already saw. 3y
sprainedbrain @Blueberry thanks for that! I will definitely add it to my list. 👍 3y
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Avior
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I started this book two hours ago, and couldn't put it down. At first I wasn't sure if I would like the main character all that much, but as the book went on I related to him. In no way shape or form am I anything like him, but at the same time I saw myself in him.

I cried through nearly this whole book, and absolutely loved it. I gave it a 5 out of 5 on Goodreads.

The only thing I didn't like was the way he handled being rejected by a girl.

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cristiana_de_sousa
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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atrue_bibliophile
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"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

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atrue_bibliophile
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Pickpick

I wish I could find the right words to properly explain the nature of this book. It is heartfelt and tragic at the exact same time, and it makes you look deeper into the troubled minds of all those who surround you every day, plagued by their own demons.

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Yeah_I_Read
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#bookclub with my besties and #adultbeverages
Is there anything better??? ❤️❤️❤️

Lwiesman I need a book club!! Not sure when I would fit it in but... 3y
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Yeah_I_Read
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Reading this for my book club tomorrow night! It is darkly funny. Maybe a good alternative to 13 reasons why (which I haven't read, but have heard the controversy)

Purrfectpages I enjoy Matthew Quick! 3y
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Batakris
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Pickpick

Read this one in one sitting- great book! Gifted protagonist and a caring teacher and an ending that brought tears. I love the way Quick writes... just like his name: quick. It is smart and meaningful. What did I get out of this book? As adults, we are models of adulting. If we want our youth to do it right, we need to do it right.

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Ryan_Slumbitch
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Really enjoyed this book, would highly recommend!

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RabidReader
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This is another review hard to put into words... It was a book that hits you right in the feels. I rooted for Leonard hoping desperately that someone would save him, someone would notice, that he could save himself. It really made me think on the impact we can have on people just by noticing them, trying to understand them, and just being there. Makes you want to walk more gently in the world and stomp when there are injustices. #litzyatoz "Q"

Cinfhen Love your review ❤️ 3y
RabidReader @Cinfhen Thank you! 😊❤ 3y
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fctnlhrn
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i feel like im going to need buckets bc tears lmao

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cemeterygirls
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nice book - i liked his teacher

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Victoriahoperose
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This book was very good. It was very well written and thought provoking. I think it dealt with some extremely hard issues in a heart felt manner that was interesting and believable. I highly recommend this. It deals with depression in a different way and is a worthwhile read.

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adeebee
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Mehso-so

Oops, took an unintentional break from Litsy. 😶 But I'm back now!

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock was both emotionally hard hitting and a bit of a let down. Some of the scenes in this book had me in tears, and the portrayal of a teen struggling with depression was very well done. But Leonard had some issues with the way he treated women that I couldn't over look.

Full review on my blog later this week: readthisfnbook.wordpress.com.

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AshleyKorinE
Mehso-so

This book made me so incredibly sad... It was passionate and heartbreaking. I honestly felt so bad for Leonard and for Asher. Neither boy got away without heartbreak. I understand the story was about Leonard and that Asher was suppose to be the monster in some ways but no... I'm honestly struggling to process what I read... If you want to read a story about a suicidal teen that messes with your emotions, this book is it.

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AshleyKorinE
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So I read Every Exquisite Thing earlier this year and it was amazing and I love the movie Silver Linings Playbook. I decided to pick up this book by the same author and I really can't wait to break into it.

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JenFowler
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Pickpick

Done.👍 I'm glad I read this one!😊 It covers some difficult subject matter, so it's not the easiest read. If you have teenagers, or work with teens, add it to your TBR list! You want to read books that make you think..and this book will do that.

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JenFowler
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This story makes you take a step back and reevaluate your adult life. Are all of us adults walking around looking miserable? 🤔
Do we notice the people who we interact with..really see them? 👀There is so much beauty and goodness in our everyday lives, but it's so easy to disregard the good and focus on the negative. Thats not a good message to send to our kids.😞

Nebklvr Wow! Great review! 3y
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JenFowler
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This has been in my to-read list for a while now! ?
----"In this riveting look at a day in the life of a disturbed teenage boy, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out."

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giveitupforlentmom
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Great book, I listened to it.
Love his books!

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giveitupforlentmom

Listening to this book makes me happy. I love Mr. Quick and his sneaky hopefulness. Probably my favorite author of all.

suvata I have to agree. Matthew Quick is one of my favorites too. 3y
Linz You know I agree! So glad you're trying this one. Can't wait to hear what you think about it! 3y
giveitupforlentmom I loved it!!! 3y
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Guiltyascyn
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Part of me really wishes that this book had come out ten years ago because it might have saved my life. It's not perfect, but Quick captures that part of suicide and depression that isn't pretty and romantic- it's so ugly and raw and hateful. Depression isn't a wilting flower, not for me. Mine was a pulsing mass of hate and I saw so much of my 17 year old self in Leonard. Books like this are needed for kids in pain like I was.

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gibblr
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Pickpick

This was a sad, sad, sad read. I always hate to bring other authors' books into my reviews; however, the only reason I read this book is because I read a review that ripped on All the Bright Places saying this book was better. And...well...no. Although I really, really liked this book and did shed a few tears, the fact is, at the end of All the Bright Places, I WEPT as if there was a hole in my very being. This one was sad, yet unresolved.

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gibblr
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Loving this audio so far!

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Rizz
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Pickpick

This book... Breaks a heart... 😭

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kissxxmyxxconverse
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The P-38 WWII Nazi handgun looks comical lying on the breakfast table next to a bowl of oatmeal.

Katiepecbvda I'm curious if this book is any good. I loved Silver Linings Playbook, the movie but not the book so much 4y
kissxxmyxxconverse I didn't like it as much as his newest book Every Exquisite Thing. But it was solid, and interesting. And I haven't actually read SLP, but love the movie! 4y
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thehargreaves
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“Although once when we were talking after class, Herr Silverman told me that when someone rises up and holds himself to a higher standard, even when doing so benefits others, average people resent it, mostly because they‘re not strong enough to do the same.”