Standalone Sunday: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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Hello, everyone! This is my first Standalone Sunday post on the blog so I thought I’d feature a book that has been on my TBR List for months. This book was first introduced to me by a really good friend, and book club member, who says it is definitely a book everyone should read. From the author of Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick brings us YA Contemporary Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. 

Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme created by Megan@bookslayerReads. This meme is about a Standalone book (that is not part of a series) that you loved and would recommend. Be sure to check out her awesome bookish blog!


Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

booksToday 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 home-schooler 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 look at a day in the life of a disturbed teenage boy, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out.

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Wine Pairing

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I recommend sipping on this deep red Peacock Syrah while reading Matthew Quick’s Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Although the label is simple, the high acidic, blackberry, and dark chocolate taste of this wine are reminiscent of the darker tone of this book.


I’m so excited to read this as part of my Beat the Backlist challenge for 2017. For more details on Beat the Backlist check out the post from fellow Blogger Novel Night

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