The Silver Linings Playbook by Michael Quick



BLURB: “Pat Peoples knows that life doesn’t always go according to plan, but he’s determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining. Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki. Pat’s parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they’ve been keeping from him threaten to come out…”

REVIEW: As usual, I was determined to read the book before the movie, and as I finally found someone amazing to lend it to me, I have now fulfilled my goal of reading ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’  – and I would highly recommend it. Pat’s character is extremely complex, as one would expect due to his mental instability, and also one that the reader becomes extremely emotionally attached to. As well as making the book truly heart-wrenching with his love for his ex-wife Nikki (whose love he will never regain, as the reader guesses from the outset), Pat’s determination to read classic American literature provides some of the wittiest and most insightful paragraphs I have ever read. I couldn’t stop laughing over his summarisation of ‘The Great Gatsby’, and it was enjoyable to find mentions of books I have read and enjoyed within the novel. The introduction of Tiffany’s character is when the story really begins, however. Tiffany is a fascinating character, even more complex than Pat, and unpredictable even to, I would imagine, the most educated of guessers. The relationship between Pat and Tiffany is beautiful in its unusual normality – there are no grand sweeping gestures of romance; these are just two people trying to integrate back into normal life after heart break, looking for a way to fit in once again. I absolutely loved this book and am now very excited to watch the movie! (Though, of course, it won’t be anywhere near as good – they very rarely are, are they?)


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