By Matthew Quick
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
This book was awesome. I read it awhile ago, but I needed to let it be for a while before writing the review. It was an intense book. A teen really struggled in life and had no support system, and really terrible things had happened to him. It's no excuse for him wanting to do what he intended to do.
I had such great hopes for him, because under all of his pain, I think he was an incredible person who had a lot of potential. I really was pulling for him the whole book. I didn't want him to do anything wrong, and I wanted him to heal.
Also, this book is a fantastic example of Why Teachers are Awesome.
Overall it was incredibly well-written and I had no idea it was by the author of Silver Linings Playbook. I haven't read the book but I loved the movie. I thought, "Oh, that's why this book was so good."
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.
In this riveting book, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out.