Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary/Realistic Fiction, Teenage Issues, Standalone
Published: August 13th, 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 273 pages
How I Got This Book: Checked it out from the library
Why I Picked It Up?: I have wanted to read Matthew Quick for a while, and I found this blurb to be something intriguing and very real, so I picked it up!
Book Jacket Blurb: “Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.
But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school’s class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.
In this riveting book, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out.”
This will not be a book review in the normal sense. This is me expressing my thoughts and feelings about the subject matter of this book.
I wanted to write a review of this book. I finished it over a month ago, and I have been meaning to sit down and write a review for this book, because it meant something to me when I read it.
Now, this book is so much more than just a story.
This week, a tragedy happened to close to home. A friend’s family experienced a terrible and tragic loss this week. And just like that, someone was erased from the world.
In this book, Leonard wants to erase himself from the world, all the while taking the boy who has hurt him the most with him. Leonard has it all planned out. But before he takes care of business, he stops around town to deliver gifts to some very special people in his life.
Thankfully, one of them knows him well enough to know that something is wrong. Herr Silvermann, his German teacher, offers him help. He makes his presence known, and that knowledge burrows itself deeply into Leonard.
Have someone in your life that knows you, that can recognize problems, that can be there to offer you help and support. And be that person for at least someone.
Don’t let someone go unnoticed. Don’t let someone close to you feel like there is nowhere they can turn.
This book is so incredibly powerful. There is so much power in words, so much power in one single gesture of kindness, one extension of an out. The emotional impact of this novel is so overwhelmeing. And the story is so heartbreaking.
And now, this story is so real.
Be aware. Reach out.
And know that there is someone in your life that will help and support you, if you just reach out and ask.
I apologize if this comes of as preachy. I don’t mean it to be. This is just something that has been heavy on my heart this week and I just wanted to share, in case one of you needed to hear it.
My Bookshelf Rating:
It’s a book about hard subject matter, but Matthew Quick tackles it in a really realistic way. Leonard is a character that you know, that you relate to, that you just want to reach out and hug. And throughout this book, Leonard goes through some emotional thought processes. This book is powerful. Powerful and overwhelming and heartbreaking. But it deals with issues that are so relevant in culture today.
Love and love, just love today,