A powerful and important story about teen depression and suicide that will leave you thinking. By the author of "Silver Linings Playbook."
When we meet Leonard, it's his birthday. It's also the day he has decided to take a gun to school and shoot his former best friend and then himself. Before he goes through with his destructive plan, though, he has to say goodbye to four friends; to apologize and let them know it wasn't their fault.
Throughout the day, we learn more and more about the people who are important to Leonard and why he feels so lonely in this world. And it is slowly revealed why Leonard was finally provoked to go through with such a sad, terrible act.
This is heavy stuff, I know. Leonard is not the most likeable character, but he's going through some really tough stuff. He doesn't have the best life at home and he's misunderstood at school. I recommend this book because I think we all went to school with or have known someone like Leonard.
I work in Adult Services and co-host the book discussion group, Literary Libations. I enjoy reading and listening to audiobooks (of course!), yoga and cooking with my husband.