Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock was an ok book. It’s about a teenage boy who decides to take his and his best friends life (don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler – it literally says that’s what he’s going to do in the blurb) and we spend the whole book finding out why. I say the book was OK because, for me, it was slightly underwhelming. But! Since I believe in finding the good in everything, I do believe this book holds important lessons, especially for young adults which – surprise, surprise – is the target audience of this book.

The author uses footnotes to provide additional information, usually in the form of anecdotes, which I found really difficult to follow along with. Sometimes the footnotes go over to the next page and I found it annoying to go back to the previous page and continue reading after I read the footnote. The ending also felt like a bit of a cop out to me – sorry Matthew Quick. But that’s just my opinion. I’m sure there are people out there who loved this book! It does have very good reviews. It just didn’t live up to the expectation I had set for it.

Despite my negativity, the book has a really beautiful story of friendship in unlikely situations and how it’s often the people we least expect that have the biggest impact on our lives.

I don’t think I wasted my time reading this, and if you’re looking for something that won’t take over your entire life (I find amazing books usually do that), which you can just slowly make your way through, then I do recommend you read it. I also read this as a break from the other two books I’m reading and I found it very good in that respect.

Let me know what you thought!

Nat xx

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