Little, Brown & Company (August 2013)
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 look at a day in the life of a disturbed teenage boy, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out.
– New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
– YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
– BookPage Best Children’s Books of 2013
– Mashable 11 Best YA Books of 2013
– L.A. Times Summer Reading Guide Selection
– USATODAY Top 10 Young Adult Books for Summer
– 2014 Texas Tayshas Reading List pick
– Amazon.com Best YA Books of the Month – August, 2013
– Barnes & Noble Best Books of the Month for Kids & Teens – August, 2013
– PW Picks: The Best New Books for the Week of August 12, 2013
– The Atlantic Wire – The Summer Book Guide: Y.A. Edition Selection
– Translated into Spanish, Turkish, German, Portuguese (Brazil), Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Korean, Czech, Slovak, Complex Chinese (Taiwan), Vietnamese, Russian, Dutch, French, and published in the UK by Headline