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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock Book Review

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock Book Review

This book was nominated for a Goodreads Choice award for Best Young Adult Fiction in 2013.
Photo Credit: Leah O'Donohue

This book was nominated for a Goodreads Choice award for Best Young Adult Fiction in 2013. Photo Credit: Leah O'Donohue

This book was nominated for a Goodreads Choice award for Best Young Adult Fiction in 2013. Photo Credit: Leah O'Donohue

This book was nominated for a Goodreads Choice award for Best Young Adult Fiction in 2013. Photo Credit: Leah O'Donohue

Leah O'Donohue, Staff Writer

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Many of us take for granted the happiness we find in our lives. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick gives readers a first-hand account of someone who doesn’t find joy in the little things in life. Leonard Peacock is a troubled high school senior who has set a morbid plan in motion for his birthday. At first I found Leonard disturbing and insane, however, as the book went on I began to feel pity for Leonard because of what the world had thrown at him. Flashbacks fill in the missing information, an absentee father, neglectful mother, best friend turned bully, and more.

The entirety of the book takes place over the course of only a day and a half but does not lack content due to the narration given by Leonard Peacock, the flashbacks, and the mysterious letters from the future. A must read for those out there who feel like their struggling and a reminder that someone, somewhere is always willing to listen.

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