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Author: Matthew Quick Narrator: Noah Galvin Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2013 ISBN: 9781478979777
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In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I'm sorry I couldn't be more than I was--that I couldn't stick around--and that what's going to happen today isn't their fault.

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.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “At a time when bullying and gun violence are at the top of the national conversation, this novel serves as a literary segue for teens, parents, and teachers into an open dialogue on sensitive topics.”

    USA Today

  • “Full disclosure: you might need tissues to make it through Leonard Peacock, but even if you don’t, you’ll likely be touched by Leonard’s story.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Books like Quick’s are necessary...We should be grateful for a book that gets kids, and the leaders they’ll become, thinking about the problem now.”

    New York Times

  • “If only Hollywood could get novelist Matthew Quick to write faster. Everything the Massachusetts-based writer pens seems to be scooped up by the studios as soon as the books are bound.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Quick’s attentiveness to these few key relationships and encounters gives the story its strength and razor-like focus…Through Leonard, Quick urges readers to look beyond the pain of the here and now to the possibilities that await.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Quick’s use of flashbacks, internal dialogue, and interpersonal communication is brilliant, and the suspense about what happened between Leonard and Asher builds tangibly. The masterful writing takes readers inside Leonard’s tormented mind, enabling a compassionate response to him and to others dealing with trauma.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Over the course of one intense day (with flashbacks), Leonard’s existential crisis is delineated through an engaging first-person narrative supplemented with footnotes and letters from the future that urge Leonard to believe in a ‘life beyond the übermorons’ at school. Complicated characters and ideas remain complicated, with no facile resolutions, in this memorable story.”

    Horn Book

  • “An artful, hopeful exploration of a teen boy in intense need.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The first couple chapters leave the reader wondering if Leonard is a likable or redeemable character. The first two ‘Letters from the Future’ leave the reader slightly confused. But soon after, the pieces of Leonard’s life come together and his sympathetic points are clear. Quick’s writing is of a high caliber, every word has a purpose, and the ending is both heartbreaking and hopeful. The swearing, discussion of rape, and Leonard’s violent plans make this a heavy read for many teen readers, but those who need a healthy way to address these topics or are mature enough to handle them will find this a quality read.”


  • “Leonard Peacock is a complicated character, and narrator Noah Galvin quickly conveys his disturbing emotions…Galvin portrays Leonard’s quick changes from hot, vengeful anger to cold, sarcastic distance as well as his flashes of longing and sadness…[and] mix of self-loathing, tenderness, and regret. Galvin’s success is in unifying the many facets of the book. He integrates the narrative and footnotes seamlessly, and, more importantly, he connects the many feelings and tones into a powerful whole with a haunting ending.”


  • A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Finalist for the 2014 Audie Award for Best Narration in Teen Literature
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014

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About the Author

Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Oscar-winning film, and The Good Luck of Right Now. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. He earned an MFA in creative writing at Goddard College. He floated down the Peruvian Amazon, backpacked around southern Africa, and hiked to the bottom of a snowy Grand Canyon before returning to Philadelphia and beginning to write full time.

About the Narrator

Noah Galvin has performed in numerous regional and off-Broadway plays, including performances in Yosemite, Treasure Island, Our Town, and Broadway Kids. Also a narrator, he has read books by Stephen Chbosky and Matthew Quick, among others.