Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.
But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate, Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school’s class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.Forgive Me Leonard Peacock was definitely one of the better books that I read in 2016, but for some reason I had such a hard time writing a review. I really didn’t know where to begin. This subject is so sensitive and I had so many conflicting feelings about it. Part of me wanted him to succeed in part of his goal because let’s face it: Asher Beal was pure trash. What happened to him was horrible and he was a victim himself, but that does not give him the right to do what he did. I know that is bad for me to say, but that kid was horrible and he definitely deserved to pay for what he did. Maybe not in that way exactly, but he should not have gotten away with it The book was just… sad. I think the writer did a great job of letting us inside Leonard’s mind and showing us how depressed he was; I just wanted to hug him. His mother was probably the most absentee mother that I have had the displeasure of reading. The worst part is, I know that there are mothers out there that are exactly like her. Luckily he had his senior citizen neighbor to keep him company and his teacher seemed to really care. I am honestly not too keen on the way it ended. I feel like this big event took place and at the end it was just like, “Okay, now that I acknowledge what happened I can move on.” Like… How come his teacher didn’t notify anyone of this? I don’t think the situation was handled well at all. The kid was clearly depressed and that is something that should have been addressed and it wasn’t. I guess it was to a certain extent, but I think the ending would have been more satisfying if I felt that something was going to change for Leonard in the future and that things would get better. I mean, I really liked the book and I do recommend that everyone check it out, but that was something that I just did not agree with.