Forgive Me, Leonard PeacockWritten by Matthew Quick
(Little Brown Books for Young Reads - 8/13/2013)Series:
Genres: Contemporary, Mental Health, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook (273 pages)(6:25)
Narrator: Noah Galvin
Source: Sync Summer Freebies
Leonard Peacock is turning 18.
And he wants to say goodbye.
Not to his former best friend, whose torments have driven him to consider committing something tragic and horrific.
Nor to his mum who's moved out and left him to fend form himself. But to his four friends.
A Humphrey-Bogart-obsessed neighbour
A teenage violin virtuoso
A pastor's daughter
Most of the time, Leonard believes he's weird and sad but these friends have made him think that maybe he's not.
He wants to thank them, and bid them farewell.
This is one of the many audiobooks in my collection that I either got for free (thanks to Sync) or bought in a random bundle (because how can you resist a bundle of audiobooks for less than $10?!). So, the point is, it wasn’t high up on my list.
I’d gotten to the end of my urgent queue and wanted something new to listen to, so I picked this one almost on a whim. BUT, it was when I browsed the reviews on Goodreads and one of them particularly recommended the audio version, that I knew I was going to listen to it.
And dang, damn, diddly-DUDE. This book was freaking AWESOME.*
A subject like depression — to the point of suicide (that’s alllll planned out) — can definitely be heavy. Matthew Quick handled it masterfully by providing Leonard with a very… personable? …voice. He was easy to listen to. Leonard is the kind of person that I just wanted to KEEP listening to, because he had all kinds of fascinating observations to share (he reminded me so much of my husband sometimes that it just squeezed my heart!).
Leonard is smart. He’s observant and he thinks things through, much more deeply than the majority of his classmates. He appreciates things that nobody else cares about. He befriends people because he’s genuinely curious about them, when everyone else avoids them. He’s got SO MUCH to say, and he’s SO FRUSTRATED by the seeming barriers between himself and others.
The thing is, you listen to Leonard telling you about all kinds of things, and you sort of fall in love with him a little bit. You find yourself nodding along with his observations, tearing up at the beautiful interactions he has with other people. You hear the passion in his voice (omg the narrator is brilliant), and you find yourself rooting for… a guy who plans to kill someone and then himself? —screeeeeeeeech!
Yeah. This book is freaking… intense. But entertaining as hell. And eye opening, and beautiful, and thought provoking in so many ways (I swear, I read this book weeks ago and I feel like I’m writing my whole review in Leonard’s voice. It’s THAT distinct.). If you were to listen to only one audiobook ever… I suggest it be this one.