Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is about a rather taboo subject. Leonard Peacock wants to shoot a classmate, Asher Beal, and then kill himself on his eighteenth birthday. Throughout the story we hear about Leonard’s day to day life. We learn about Lauren, Walt, Baback, and Herr Silverman, the only people Leonard seems to like. It takes awhile for us to learn what Asher Beal has done and why Leonard wants to kill him, once the cats out of the bag it becomes a little easier to see things from Leonard’s perspective.

I really liked this book. It gave me a peek into something I never would have wanted to talk or think about. It even kind of pushed me into thinking more and wondering about how much a person can affect if someone else is going to follow through on something like Leonard Peacock and Asher Beal. I did not like Leonard Peacock. I thought he was rude, even though he did need help and I felt bad for him I would not want to be a part of his life. I would detest him completely. He really seems to think he is better than everyone else and simultaneously knows he’s awful.

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