I finally got my hands on this book that I've been wanting to read for ages, and it left me really confused. I definitely will say that I really liked this book, but I also have really mixed up emotions.
Rating : ☺☺☺☺☹
Do I recommend it : Totally. This book will open your eyes and make you think.
Would I reread it : I don't think so.
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, is about Leonard Peacock who decides that on his 18th birthday, he will shoot his former best friend, and himself later. The story follows his life, and the evolution of his life and this messed up kid. We learn so much about him through his thoughts and actions, and we learn a lot about his past, and why he's this way.
↙ What I didn't like about the book :
The ending is the main reason I couldn't give this book a 5/5 rating, and it is because it left me really unsatisfied. I think that it was meant to be an open ending and could leave the optimistic readers thinking one way, whilst the pessimistic readers thinking another way. I wish that the book was longer, and that we at least get to read about the day after where this book ended.
The footnotes are something that I LOVED about this book, but also hated at the same time. The footnotes are used in a very liberal way, and Matthew Quick definitely had a lot of fun with it. However, when half of the book was footnoted, it was becoming hard to read because of the tiny font, and he could've put half into the story and the other half as footnotes.
↗ What I liked about the book :
The way this book was written was awesome. How the chapters were alternating between Leonard's narration and his letters from the future was a great way to keep the reader entertained and to foreshadow the ending. The short chapters made this story go by so fast, and every chapter made you want to read the next. I found it incredibly hard to put this book down.
The characters were to love too. Some were so nice and made you happy, others were annoying. As for the rest, I loved hating them. Every character is so different and impacts the protagonist in such different ways, and it really made the story interesting.
Overall, this book was such an awesome read and it really makes you think about how others around you are really feeling, how you can impact them in a way and about high school shootings. Trigger warning : this book deals a lot with suicide.
☺☺☺☺☺ : Flawless
☺☺☺☺☹ : Very good, a few flaws
☺☺☺☹☹ : Enjoyable
☺☺☹☹☹ : Okay, would not reread
☺☹☹☹☹ : Disliked, do not recommend