|August 13, 2013|
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. ~Goodreads
“Do anything! Something! Because you start a revolution one decision at a time, with each breath you take.”
Obviously, our author made a thorough research to make this book worth reading. The authenticity of a teenager’s life in and out of school is vivid here. It’s an encouragement on how teenagers can survive the trials of their age and circumstances; and that adulthood can only be miserable if they let it be. In here, the revelations are not surprises, but instruments to drive the life-saving lesson of the story.
*To Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Netgalley, thank you for giving me a chance to read this in exchange for an honest review.This review is also available on Goodreads and Tumblr.