Summer YA Reading List: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

LeonardForgive Me, Leonard Peacock (Matthew Quick) finished 8/9/2014

2 Penny Book Report: Really well done, Matthew Quick. Imagine a day in the life of a teenager who wakes up knowing it will be his last. Emotionally damaged yet filled with humor, wisdom, and unexpected compassion, Leonard Peacock makes an unlikely anti-hero. It’s easy to root for him–to not succeed in his drastic mission. Quick takes us inside Leonard’s head through an expertly crafted voice that really makes this novel tick. I loved the smart use of footnotes, and I found Leonard’s voice to be utterly believable. Quick has crafted a character who we can be afraid of–and for–and can simultaneously find relatable, against all odds. This was a thoroughly compelling read. Highly recommend.