Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

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TitleForgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Author: Matthew Quick
Format: Audiobook
My Rating★★★★ (4.5 Stars)

Synopsis:

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 for himself. But to his four friends.
A Humphrey-Bogart-obsessed neighbour
A teenage violin virtuoso
A pastor’s daughter
A teacher

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.

My Thoughts:

So many feels!

This book is about a boy named, you guessed it, Leonard Peacock. He plans to commit an act of murder/suicide. His target: a classmate at his school. Now, I don’t want to give away anything so I won’t go into very much detail about why he has picked this specific target.  I will say, however, that this target is a bully to Leonard and he does absolutely horrible things to him. They do have a history and the book goes into so much more detail about things that have occurred between thees two boys.

This book pulled at my heartstrings. I am fascinated by psychology so this book spoke volumes to me. So many people suffer from depression and other mental illnesses. Their friends and families are not even aware of it most of the time. For example, Leonard’s mom seems to be oblivious to the fact that her son is crying for help. This would also be a good time to point out that I absolutely cannot stand Leonard’s mom. Her character is just someone who is very easy to loathe. Her blatant disregard for her own son is appalling on so many different levels. Her characteristics are a prime example of why teenagers feel like no one understands them. I know that when I was growing up, a lot of times I felt like my parents just didn’t get it, but I was (thankfully) never brushed off as an annoyance like Leonard was by his mother.

I believe that this book could and probably has been really helpful to teenagers struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide. There are, what I would consider to be, “triggers” throughout the book, so please keep that in mind. But the book does offer some examples of exercises that could be done to bring yourself through the pain and struggles of depression.

With that being said, I highly recommend this book. To anyone. Because let’s be honest, even if you aren’t suffering from depression yourself, I can guarantee that someone you know is. And the friends that Leonard did have seemed to pick up on it. If anything, this book will give you a little insight into what to look for when it comes to someone who is suffering from depression and may be planning to commit suicide. Make yourself aware, because that awareness could save a life.

Favorite Quotes:

“People should be nice to you, Leonard. You’re a human being. You should expect people to be nice.”

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

“Not letting the world destroy you. That’s a daily battle.”

“So the key is doing something that sets you apart forever in the minds of regular people. Something that matters.”

“Different is good. But different is hard.”

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Origin & Opposition – Quotes & Thoughts

I finally finished reading Opposition today and oh my gosh – the feels! I am very pleased with this series as a whole. There were so many twists and turns, but the one thing that stayed pretty consistent was the love between Katy and Daemon *swoon*

I admire their loving relationship so much. So, to commemorate finishing the series, I am going to post my favorite quotes form the fourth book, Origin, and the fifth and final book, Opposition. I hope you all enjoy! Also, if you haven’t read this series yet – please do! If you like alien romance stories, I definitely recommend it. If you love love, you will love this series to pieces.

origin

“I want a years-worth of seconds and minutes with you. I want a decade’s worth of hours, so many that I can’t add them up.”

“Did you think you could stop me? I’ll burn the world down to save her.”

“So I was thinking, there’s eighty-six thousand, four hundred seconds in a day, right? There’s one thousand, four hundred and forty minutes in a day…There’s one hundred and sixty-eight hours in a week. Around eighty-seven hundred and then some hours in a year, and you know what?…I want to spend every second, every minute, every hour with you…I want a year’s worth of seconds and minutes with you. I want a decade’s worth of hours, so many that I can’t add them up.”

“Oh shit. ET just phoned home.”

“I’m Dee Black. I’m the sister of the douchebag known as Daemon.” She smiled brightly. “But you probably already know that.”
“That he’s a douchebag or that he’s your brother?” Archer asked innocently. “The answer is yes to both.”

“Sometimes words were cheap. They could be powerful, but in those rare occasions like now, words meant nothing.”

“Listen to me, Daemon. This isn’t your fault. I wouldn’t change a damn thing. Okay? Yes, things have sucked, but I’d go through it all again if I had to. There are things I would want to change, but not you – never you. I love you. That’s never going to change.”

“Sporks are only used in the most dire situations.”

“His kisses really did have the power to change lives. Not that I’d admit that. His ego was ginormous as it was.”

 opposition

“I broke every rule of my kind to heal you and keep you with me. I married you and burned down an entire city to keep you safe. I’ve killed for you. Did you think I’d forget what you mean to me? That anything in this world – in any world – would be stronger than my love for you?”

“I think trust anyone makes us all a little crazy.”

“Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time I am thinking something that would turn the tips of your ears pink.”

“This kind of love was the real deal, stronger than a whole planet full of psycho aliens and an entire government.”

“Wow. I feel like Morgan Freeman should be doing a voice over right now, like, ‘Their weakest link is something already here,”” I said, and when several sets of eyes settled on me with identical looks of confusion, I flushed. “What? It’s from War of the Worlds, and I think it’s totes appropriate for the situation.”

“Love was a gift.”

“You’d get jealous if she hugged a tree,” Archer tossed out.
“Maybe.” Daemon coasted to a stop in a parking space behind the car. “I’m needy like that.”

The glass shattered in Lotho’s hand.
Daemon frowned as shards of glass tinkled to the floor.
“And that is why we can’t have nice things.”

“What are you dong?”
I stopped what had become an impromptu dance. “Sorry. Nervous.”
“Don’t apologize.” He arched a brow. “It was interesting. Kind of reminded me of a flailing Muppet Baby.”

“Jesus. It’s like I’m a muggle to your pure-blood or something.”

“You can’t judge an entire race of beings on what a small percentage of people have done.”

“The most beautiful people, ones whose beauty is only rivaled by what is inside of them, are the ones who are quietly unaware of it.”

“Your inner book nerd will have a book nerd orgasm.”

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After reading this series, I now feel like this:

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Pray that I have a speedy recovery.

Happy reading, lovelies!