This book is one of my favorite books of this year – wait – life. I adored this book because it was truthful and honest.
The main character is Leonard Peacock, who decides on his birthday, to kill his ‘friend’ and then himself. The entire premise is scary and terrifying, but so intriguing. The side characters are very important, as before he kills himself, he gives four presents to the four people he cares about. His old neighbor, Walt, made me cry during their last scene together. The violin player he listened to every day after school. The girl that he liked, but didn’t like him back. His Holocaust teacher. All of them reacted in very different ways to the gifts, which also made them seem different as people. Another important thing is that they represent other ways that people could be prejudiced against – dealing with addictions, race, religion, and sexual orientation. The characters really make this book.
The premise is both heartbreaking and intriguing. Matthew Quick handles this amazingly and really gets into the head of a person who is really dealing with these types of situations. It is extremely eye opening.
Please read this book. It is amazing. Just do it. It will probably change your life.