Friday, September 20, 2013
Forgive me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock certainly will not rank among the greatest books I have read. The plotline is somewhat interesting, though many elements of it seem too familiar from stories of suicidal teenagers in the real world. In addition, certain stylistic choices that Quick makes add little to the story and, in some cases, are simply irritating. Two in particular become obvious to readers almost immediately—the use of short, blunt, predominantly one-sentence paragraphs and heavy reliance upon footnotes, which often feature either unnecessary quips or all of the background necessary to understand characters and their relationships, which may go unread because some audiences to not regard footnotes as important. Later in the novel, some moments of intense feeling are printed with odd spacing on the page that really does not make the content any more significant. What I will give the book, however, is that it is a quick read and that, as the story progresses, the reader begins to care for Leonard Peacock and to want to keep following his experiences on what could be his last day of life.
This is a novel best suited to older teenagers because of its liberal use of profanity and its subject matter. I cannot say that Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock deserves my overwhelming recommendation, but it is a good choice for leisure reading, if one does not feel a need to take away from a book much meaning beyond itself. It truly is not a challenge for the mind.
~Justin, Teen Book Reviewer