It’s Leonard Peacock’s 18th birthday and no one remembers, not even his mother.  His school is of full of ubermorons.  The adults he encounters are unhappy and pathetic, drones in suits following an endless circle of nothingness.

 “It seems like they don’t like their jobs and yet they don’t like going home either. It’s like they hate every aspect of their lives.”

Is this what Leonard has to look forward to?

Leonard has a plan. He takes his grandfather’s military pistol to school. He will kill his used to be best friend Asher, now an ubermoron who deserves to die. Leonard will then kill himself, ending his misery once and for all. If only one person, just one person would remember it was his birthday.

It’s not a perfect plan. Leonard’s views of life are certainly interesting. I don’t want to give the ending away but in this novel, we catch a glimpse of a neglected and abused teenager who doesn’t know how to cope.  We are also witness to how a little kindness can make all the difference in the world.

Find Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock at your library.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick