Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Forgive Me, Leonard PeacockForgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock Review

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is depressing. It is a story about how our main character, Leonard, decides to grab his P-38 pistol inherited from his grandfather and shoot himself after he gives four gifts to his four friends and shoot his former best friend on his birthday. Part of the mystery here is Leonard’s reasons for a murder-suicide and eventually his conclusion of his birthday.

Why I was thrilled with this novel was because of the themes it shows to its readers. Certainly, there’s teenage suicide, loneliness, and being different. I liked how it put me in the mindset of a teenager like Leonard and made me open to the reality of people like him. It seems important that the message this novel would like to show is that people like Leonard are not alone, and maybe there’s something worth fighting for even if it’s not yet there. Other themes presented are also sexuality and identity crisis. In other words, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock shows themes that move people to give them a better understanding.

Leonard is also such an interesting character. If he weren’t depressed or suffering from the tragedies he’s having, he’d be an outstanding person. His open-mindedness on the world, human behavior, literature, and coping with society’s standards are all astounding. I liked that he doesn’t have a standardized way of thinking, just his own.

The events that create Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock are events that help understand one’s worth with the effect it creates. Truly I’d like to say Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock gave me something I didn’t use to have.


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