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.
Amber @ The Mile Long Bookshelf2 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. 🙂
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Lucy Powrie2 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 Tea2 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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Lucy Powrie2 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 Books2 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 Book2 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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Sophie2 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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LinkedIn has a great feature that connects with your existing email accounts
and allows you to invite anyone you have interacted with to your network.
This means that you might reach people you interacted with once or twice, or people that you haven’t spoken with in a
while. This is a powerful tool, but are you using
it effectively in your marketing?
LinkedIn as a Data Collector
Look at all the ways you can collect data from people.
The easiest metric to track for most is their email addresses,
so ask people and promote their use. Create mailers or offer contests via email registration. Remember,
each email you collect is another potential
LinkedIn profile waiting to be connected to. Also, you might convince someone to join LinkedIn when they receive an invite
from you, which means more customers to interact with.
Easy Ways to Connect on LinkedIn
So, what are some easy ways to connect with users and get
them to want to network with you? Many companies
have started suing LinkedIn as a corporate blog to promote brand
awareness. These blogs might not even have anything to do
with the products being sold, but they might tie in with corporate culture or offer
up some helpful knowledge or technique. This is called generating substance, and if you want people to see a value in your postings, you need to
provide that substance, otherwise they simply won’t care.
The nice thing about this is you don’t have to be a multi-faceted
business guru to provide content. Maybe you promote an interesting link of the day, or maybe you repost a news story about something
company-related (please give credit if you do this.).
It could even be a humorous blurb or story, or even a business-appropriate joke to keep your network’s attention. The
only constant is that the postings stay constant. If you start it, then maintain it to help build that brand awareness.
Remember, people won’t actively look for you if they don’t know you
One great way that some companies have started building a loyalty
network is through promoting their employees. Some companies will offer
a spotlight on their employees, showing off
the projects they have done or discussing their high points.
This not only helps to ensure your employees feel valued, but it also helps to
paint your company as more human, which is something you want when trying to get people to connect with you.
Pitfalls and Things to Avoid With LinkedIn
Most of what has been discussed here has been the positives of using LinkedIn for your promotions,
but there are some pitfalls you may want to avoid.
Again, not all marketing works for all niches and some can be turned off
more easily than others.
For starters, when advertising with a graphic, consider the
context that your audience will view it in. LinkedIn is
business to business networking. Is your picture one that would
be considered safe for a business networking platform?
Yes, attractive, nearly-naked people tend to
get clicks, but are those the kind of ads people at major corporations are going to be more
than likely be turned off due to lack of professionalism?
Consider your content in your pictures before posting and make sure your graphics
are a good match to your audience and marketing message.
Second, watch your language. While on the surface, this could be taken as do not swear,
on a deeper level, you have to consider what a company will filter
for and what they will allow. Some words tend to trigger web filters pretty easily, so be careful about your verbiage.
Also, look at the message your words send. Are you trying to be edgy, dynamic, endearing?
Do your words properly convey the message you want people to
see? Sometimes people get so wrapped up in sending out a strong message that
they fail to consider if it is the right
Third, don’t verbally tie yourself to a region or
company if you can help it. While you may want to highlight a company on a
landing page or maybe you are geared towards a certain region of the world, you don’t
want to inadvertently exclude potential customers because they think your ads don’t immediately apply
to them. Remember, you can focus your ads in terms of companies and locations ahead of time, so listing out that info in the actual ad might prove redundant.
Fourth, don’t slack on your content. It can be easy to start with a big
push, but the number one thing that kills an audience’s interest is inconsistency.
Don’t slouch on your posts. Make sure you dedicate a certain period of time each day to providing some form of
content. If you can’t or think you might have problems with this,
hire someone to do it for you or spend a day or two generating multiple posts so that you can just plug and play.
However you do it, just be sure to keep doing it.
You are setting an expectation of service as
accompany when you post, and to do so inconsistently will
send a bad message abour what your company considers professional.
Fifth, be careful on rebranding. Some smaller companies take the philosophy of experimentation a bit
too far and keep trying to reinvent themselves every month or quarter,
but the truth of it is that many companies form bonds
over the long term with clients, and just because you announce
a name change or a new logo, that doesn’t mean that your clientele is
paying attention. To build your brand, you need consistency, so stick to a logo or name and
try to avoid being so edgy that you can’t make up your mind about your
name. Remember, you’re a business, not a rock star.
LinkedIn Final Thoughts
LinkedIn is a wonderful tool for reaching
people in the business world.
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