Title: Forgive me, Leonard Peacock
Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 13th 2013
I haven't read this author's other book, "The Silver Linings Playbook" but after reading "Forgive me, Leonard Peacock" I really want too.
I got attached to Leonard, in a way I didn't know possible, all I wanted to do was be his friend. He has this thing about him, that, as you go through the book, you can't help but sympathize with him. You cannot blame him for what he plans to do, and that kind of upsets me, because his plans are not what you would call healthy or even legal.
There was this part of the book that got me really hooked, on which he decides to follow adults and see if he could live the life they live. And he keeps wondering why are they so unhappy and if that's what happens to a person when you grow up. I must admit I have questioned myself about this over and over again, and it felt really nice to not be the only one to do it.
I feel like if I go into more detail about this book I will end up spoiling it big time, so I'm just gonna say that "Forgive me, Leonard Peacock" is a wonderful book and it touched me. It portrays a type of teenager that actually exists (unfortunately). Lonely, friendless, broken, depressed, with family issues and with homicidal/suicidal thoughts.
When it comes to the writing, I really enjoyed it since it was quite simple and easy to understand, the plot was nice, and the chapters' structure (between present and "letters from the future") was very good. One thing I didn't enjoy was the ending because HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO ME MATTHEW QUICK?? I NEED ANSWERS! I NEED MORE LEONARD AND I NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING WILL BE OK!!
All in all, it was a wonderful book.