Leonard has a secret. Today is his birthday. And it is also the day he plans to kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's pistol.
This powerful, raw novel follows Leonard on his journey as he says good-bye to the four people who mean the most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-esque next-door neighbor Walt, his musically talented classmate Baback, the homeschooled Christian girl he has a crush on, and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust.
Leonard feels helpless, and holds another, darker secret: when he was younger, he was sexually abused by his best friend. In this gripping, edgy, and brutally honest story, Leonard feels as though his cries for help are being ignored. Ultimately, however, a simple act of kindness from one teacher makes all the difference in his life, ending the day on a hopeful, redemptive note, with Leonard looking towards the future.
"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."
—The New York Times
Matthew Quick (aka Q) is the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, The Good Luck of Right Now, and four young adult novels, Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, and Every Exquisite Thing. His work has been translated into thirty languages, and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. The Weinstein Company and David O. Russell adapted The Silver Linings Playbook into an Academy Award winning film. Q lives in North Carolina with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Besette.