Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick
Leonard Peacock has a clear and simple plan for his day: Wake up, eat breakfast, give gifts to each of his closest friends, and shoot classmate Asher Beale in the face. Why is a question answered slowly over the course of the novel, which follows Leonard as he checks off the items on his to-do list. Quick’s novel is both dark and darkly humorous, making liberal use of footnotes to help characterize its quirky narrator. The web of relationships Leonard navigates is satisfyingly complex, as are his reasons for wanting Asher Beale dead. Fans of realistic young adult literature, especially the works of John Green, will devour this novel.