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 book truly awakes you up from all kind of dream world and brings the hard core reality of teenage suicide in front of you...
Matthew Quick is the author of the famous novel 'The Silver Linings Playbook' which was turned into a movie in 2012.
This book is a truly disturbing one but Matthew Quick has written it so well that you just want to continue reading it until you know what happens in the end. The author has done a great job with his writing that he tackles a very disturbing subject (actual an array of subjects) such that the reader understand the seriousness of the issue, but it is not depressing that he or she would want to abandon the book.
Recommended to all who wants to read something different and especially for all those people who are around a lot of teenagers.
Release: Aug 2013
Note: I received a digital galley of this book from the publisher through netgalley in return for my honest review.