21 December 2012

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.
Audience/Genre : Adult/Fiction, Romance.
Publication : April 27th 2010 by Sarah Crichton Books (first published September 1st 2008).
An enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G.

The Silver Linings Playbook is the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with the magnitude of his wife’s betrayal.


During the years he spends in a neural health facility, Pat Peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

When Pat meets the tragically widowed and clinically depressed Tiffany, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, if only he will give up watching football, agree to perform in this year’s Dance Away Depression competition, and promise not to tell anyone about their “contract.” All the while, Pat keeps searching for his silver lining. In this brilliantly written debut novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat’s mind, deftly showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. The result is a touching and funny story that helps us look at both depression and love in a wonderfully refreshing way.

From the synopsis :

'A heartwarming debut novel, soon to be a major movie by David O. Russell.'

I'll second that. The Silver Linings Playbook is definitely heartwarming, among other things. It is special. The writing's wonderful and I loved being in Pat's head! It has been so long since a book made me feel all warm and fuzzy, this book is the first in a long time.

Pat and Tiffany are lovely, unique and perfect for each other. Matthew Quick has done a fantastic job of making you understand these quirky characters through his words. In the story, Pat's supposed to be sick but I love that he is genuine and believes in happy endings. The Silver Linings Playbook is full of memorable moments and characters. From 'apart time' to Dr. Patel (I had no clue that a shrink could be so cool), every bit of this story is delightful!

I haven't seen the movie yet so I can't compare. However, I can guarantee that this is a book worth buying!




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