The Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook

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An enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G.

A New York Times bestseller, The Silver Linings Playbook was adapted into the Oscar-winning movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It tells 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.

Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
ISBN: 9781429960236
142996023X
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Controversy with our list! Some said the book topped the 2012 movie; others argued for the book. With a split decision we included both. Try them both side to side and settle the dispute for us!

Pat Peoples has just been released from an asylum and is still a bit unclear as to how long he has been “away”. Much has changed and family and friends are reluctant to fill him in on details they feel will upset him – especially as regards his estranged wife Nikki. Pat finds peace through weight... Read More »

Pat Peoples has just been released from an asylum and is still a bit unclear as to how long he has been “away”. Much has changed, and family and friends are reluctant to fill him in on details they feel will upset him – especially with regards to his estranged wife Nikki.


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Sarah1984
May 06, 2016

19/12 - Pat's way of thinking reminds me, quite a bit, of the main character in There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes, which was set in the mental institution rather than after the character's release from it.

The fact that Pat constantly gives the return of Nikki as the reason for him practicing 'being nice rather than right' is disappointing and a bit foreboding. I foresee the revelation of where Nikki is and what she's really been doing all these years as being something that could completely reverse Pat's attitude on silver linings and bring out his more violent tendencies. If he has no other reason for becoming a nicer, better person and then suddenly loses that one reason (as I believe he's about to), what reason will he have to continue to be a nice person (at least on the outside, he's not particularly nice internally, it's just a front he's putting on in his attempt to get Nikki back)? I think that one of the main 'secrets' that his family and friends have been keeping from him will turn out to be that Nikki has divorced him in his absence and remarried. When Pat finally works this out I imagine there's going to be some kind of nuclear explosion that will land him back in 'the bad place'.

I'm not sure I understand how Pat can be so oblivious to the time that has passed while he was in 'the bad place', even if there weren't any calendars to help tell the months apart and they weren't showing the news (probably so the bad news didn't upset the more fragile patients), unless he had to be kept sedated in order to keep him calm and that made time pass without Pat even noticing. That would be an awful thing to find out - coming out of a mental institution thinking you've been gone a few months only to eventually find out that you've lost nearly four years of your life - it sounds like some kind of mental institution-themed horror movie. To be continued...

21/12 - On page 138 - I wonder what could be in the 'Pat box' that could upset Pat so much... Could it be divorce papers signed by his mother in his mental and physical absence? To be continued...

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!!

23/12 - Alright, so the divorce papers weren't in the 'Pat box', but I correctly picked that they existed at all. I was also pretty sure about the identity of the author of the letters Tiffany was giving to Pat due to the amount of compliments 'Nikki' was paying to Tiffany. I didn't think it rang true that Nikki, who hadn't previously been acquainted with Tiffany, would become quite so friendly with Tiffany simply through phone calls revolving around dictated letters to and from Pat.

I'm not sure that I could have forgiven Tiffany if I was in Pat's shoes. All the lies and sneaky tricks she pulled on Pat, that would permanently mar any relationship I'd had with this supposed friend. I may have been able to continue being in contact with them, but I don't think I'd ever be able to fully trust them again, especially not when it comes to a romantic relationship.

Now that I've read this I have more of a desire to see the movie. I thought this was 'above average', 3.5 stars nearing 4 and I'm feeling generous so I've marked it as 4. Considering that rating I don't know exactly why it (out of all the books published every year) was chosen to be turned into a movie. I look forward to seeing the movie in order to compare the two and see what led to so many nominations for the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

Nicole_R Oct 03, 2014

This was a fantastic read. I loved the movie, and as usual the book was even better.

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hycao
Jul 24, 2014

Not only does it show the reality of a mental disorder, but the fact that sometimes, we don't see love that's right in front of us.

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palaminopony
Mar 30, 2014

“Silver Linings Playbook” follows Pat, a former mental hospital patient. Once his mother manages to help him out of the hospital, Pat vows to do all that he can in order to win back his wife, Nikki. Along the way, Pat befriends an odd woman named Tiffany, who says that if Pat helps her with a dance routine, she will relay messages between him and his wife. With such an offer, Pat agrees to help Tiffany, and the two embark on a humorous and enlightening adventure.
“Silver Linings Playbook” is one of the author of this review’s favourite novels. It is incredibly interesting, with witty dialogue and marvelous, well thought out characters. Each character is likeable, and no one is a ‘photocopy’ of another. The plot is driven, and there are no slow parts. “Silver Linings Playbook” is an incredible read, and is highly recommended by the author of this review.
This novel would be alright as a last resort to use for an essay or ‘book talk’. If you look hard enough, you can find some hidden meanings, but you will have to look very, very hard. “Silver Linings Playbook” would be better off as being read as an inspirational pleasure read, opposed to a hard-core essay book. Due to strong language, the author of this review suggests “Silver Linings Playbook” for people ages fourteen and up. Despite this, this novel is highly recommended for anyone who is looking for a funny and lovable pick-me-up book.

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gr8_reader
Nov 13, 2013

I thought the movie was amazing and was stunned that even though the movie is different than the book it still captured all of the poignancy. Fantastic!

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: This was so good, I read it in 2 days. I wanted to read it because I liked the movie and felt the first person narrative would be effective. It was indeed and of course better than the movie!

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tuttleliz
Jul 01, 2013

I hate that I knew about the movie first, and that I could only picture the cast actors as the characters in my mind even though I hadn't watched the movie. But overall, I liked the book.

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wilqser
Jun 26, 2013

Just wanted to read the story before I watch the film; which I understand is very good as well.
You feel as though you can sympathize with the protagonist whose dealing with depression and his dysfunctional family. You almost feel as if you understand why he was so susceptible to becoming depressed when you realize what he had to go through with his family. Good Read.

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lgbennett89
Jun 18, 2013

Quirky is a good word to describe this book. So is fun. Slow and different going into it. But the story showed real heart and was unbelievably believable. A light easy read.

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TikkaDubey
May 30, 2013

I thought this was a sweet book. The characters were nice, the plot was straightforward, and though Pat did seem quite simpleminded at times, I held on and I found that it was a nice read, in all. I'm a teenager and I enjoyed it. I'd recommend this to anyone.

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“I don't want to stay in the bad place, where no one believes in silver linings or love or happy endings.”

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