06 February 2014
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Quick, Matthew. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Little, Brown BFYR, 2013.
Leonard Peacock is celebrating his birthday today by giving gifts to the four people he loves most, after which he plans to kill his former best friend and then kill himself. This story follows Leonard as he interacts with his four favorite people and heads to his former friend's house.
So, Leonard's friend was molested, and he in turn molested Leonard, which is why Leonard wants to kill him. He figures he'll kill himself after that, since he doesn't matter to most people, anyway, but in the end he makes the choice to call someone and that person manages to talk him out of killing himself. As an educator, I enjoyed this book as a reminder that students are more than just numbers, they are people with struggles and stories and issues and sometimes their cries for help are not very loud at all.
Recommended for: teens
Red Flags: mentions of molestation, language,
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars