I read Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock in one night because I couldn't put it down. The book follows Leonard Peacock, a troubled 17-year-old boy suffering from depression who plans to kill his ex-best friend, Asher, and then himself, on his birthday. An extremely intense novel, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is an unforgiving look at mental illness and isolation that delves deep into Leonard's pysche - much deeper and much more haunting than one might expect. Quick's writing and descriptions of Leonard's pain are gutwrenching and beautiful all at the same time. The twist revealed in the third act - what Asher did - is heartbreaking and touches upon a topic that isn't talked about nearly enough in today's society. This is ultimately a hopeful read, but you have to bear the storm that comes first. I can honestly say that this book changed - and possibly saved - my life.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library