Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #28

Hosted by Pen to Paper
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.

Not gonna lie, this one makes me very, very nervous. It's one thing to follow the story of a boy who ultimately commits suicide. That's sad, but somehow bearable. Following the story of a boy planning a murder-suicide, however, is a whole 'nother kettle of fish.

And yet, I'm still interested. I want to know what happens. I want to know what the secrets are. I want to know why the title addresses Leonard despite the book being from Leonard's point of view. I wanna know! And I want to see how Mr. Quick portrays Lauren, the Christian homeschooler. As a Christian who was homeschooled, I'm a stickler about that sort of thing.

What do you think about this book? And what are you wishing for this week?