REVIEW: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

2 August, 2013

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock was the perfect concoction of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Before I Die, with a male protagonist, of course.Although I haven’t read The Silver Linings Playbook, I expected great things from the same author, and I was not let down at all.

It’s Leonard Peacock’s eighteenth birthday and the day he is going to say goodbye, for he has decided that today will be his last day on Earth. After killing his former best friend, he will take his own life. His mother, who he calls Linda to annoy her, who spends most of her time in New York with her French boyfriend, won’t care. His father, who has moved to somewhere in Venezuela and practically dropped off the face of the planet, won’t care.

Leonard has four packages: one for his Bogart- obsessed neighbour; another for his Holocaust teacher; one for a violin virtuoso; and one for a pastor’s daughter.

Leonard, for all of his odd characteristics, was a very likable character and one that I just wanted to send big hugs to. He’d never received any love from his parental figures and so was searching for something that he had never had. I loved his relationship with Walt. It was so natural and I relished the scenes when they were interacting. Walt really cared about him, and it was really sweet to see.

Written with footnotes at the bottom was a really good idea and fitted in really well with the narration and themes of the book. It’s something that really makes the book stand out and a really strong reason to pick up this book. If you like something a bit different, then Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is the book for you.

I loved the future scenes. I’d happily read a whole book that featured this world, because it was so carefully thought out and crafted. It really added a nice touch to the book, and this is the sort of thing that bumps up my rating.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is the kind of book that I devour. I love hard hitting and raw novels and this really was one of them. It’s impossible to say that this book was a light read, but if it was it wouldn’t be the same. I loved this novel because of its nature and I think this is something that other people will love, too.

I didn’t think I’d like Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock as much as I did and I’ll definitely be reading something else by Quick now.

four-stars

11 Comments

  • Amber @ The Mile Long Bookshelf

    2 August, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I really want to read this now. Apparently his writing is similar to John Green’s? Great review as always, Lucy. 🙂

    Amber x
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    1. Lucy Powrie

      2 August, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      It is a little bit. This was similar to An Abundance of Katherines, with the footnotes.
      Thanks for stopping by, Amber!
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  • Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea

    2 August, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I really want to read this book. I loved The Silver Linings Playbook, and have been looking forward to reading this one, so I’m really happy you enjoyed it Lucy! I’m normally quite picking when it comes to books with tough subjects, but I’m going to throw caution to the wind and read it anyway. Lovely review!
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    1. Lucy Powrie

      2 August, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      I hope you enjoy it, Hollie! It’s definitely worth giving it a try.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
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  • Jess Hearts Books

    2 August, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I’d seen this one floating around but didn’t really know what it was about and now after reading your review I WANTS IT! Definitely adding this one to the wishlist. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Emma @ Never Judge a Book

    2 August, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I loved The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick and the film as well, so I will definitely look this one up for sure! I really enjoy that sort of relationship between Lenard and Walt. Lovely review, Lucy! 🙂
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  • Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***

    2 August, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Ahh, I agree, I love hard-hitting, really raw novels, and I’m glad you found that in Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock! 🙂 Leonard sounds like an amazing, well-developed character, and his relationship with Walt also sounds so heart-warming. I’m intrigued by what you said about the footnotes, and I really want to read it now, if just for the fact that it would be something really unique compared to everything else.

    Fantastic review, Lucy!
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  • Sophie

    2 August, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Ah, this sounds so awesome!! I think I’ll have to read it next. Thanks for the great review, Lucy!
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