Silver Linings Playbook
By Matthew Quick
September 2nd 2008 By Picador USA
I Own This Book
Cover Love: I personally like this cover more than the movie edition, even though I do love Jennifer Lawrence. She is a queen, but I love this one because it's simple and yet it says a lot.
Summary: Pat Peoples has a theory that his life is actually a movie produced by God, and that his God-given mission in life is to become emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending - which, for Pat, means the return of his estranged wife Nikki, from whom he's currently having some 'apart time.' It might not come as any surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility. When Pat leaves hospital and goes to live with his parents, however, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends now have families; his beloved football team keep losing; his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy. And he's being haunted by Kenny G. There is a silver lining, however, in the form of tragically widowed, physically fit and clinically depressed Tiffany, who offers to act as a go-between for Pat and his wife, if Pat will just agree to perform in this year's Dance Away Depression competition.
Silver Linings Playbook is an adventure. It had a lot of heart and I was emotionally invested A LOT! I loved every single moment of it, regardless of how dull and slow it got. It was the kind of book that took me a while to finish, but only because I was deep-reading it, if you know what I mean. I needed to put it down at some points, just to really think about it.
This story was moving in the aspect that I felt a little bit of Pat in myself. Not the stalking my exes, coming home from the mental hospital part, but his emotions. I felt what Pat felt, saw what Pat saw and I was just...Pat. He is his own character and is a star in this book. This book is simple, its beautiful and tells the truth. It's real and you don't see that a lot.
And, so we cannot forget about Tiffany. Tiffany is vulgar, angry and just so goddamn amazing. I fell for Tiffany a little bit myself. Her presence in the story, just made it better for me as well. I also enjoyed Pat's parents a little more in here than I did in the movie, and I usually hate book parents because they're just assholes, but not Pat's mom and dad. They were not just assholes, they were nice assholes.
Such nice assholes.
Well, not much more to say than I loved this book! I loved it. You know you loved a book when you have to think really hard about the fact you just finished a book.