Silver Linings Playbook [movie tie-in edition]: A Novel, The

Matthew Quick
A heartwarming debut novel, now a major movie by David O. Russell—nominated for eight Academy Awards (including Best Picture), four Golden Globes, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards!“Aawww shucks!” NPR's Nancy Pearl said. “I know that’s hardly a usual way to begin a book review, but it was my immediate response to finishing Matthew Quick’s heartwarming, humorous and soul-satisfying first novel . . . This book makes me smile.”Meet Pat Peoples. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending—the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being haunted by Kenny G!David O. Russell, the Oscar-nominated director of The Fighter, is helming his own adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook, featuring Bradley Cooper (People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive) in the role of Pat, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, and Jacki Weaver. As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: “Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut.”

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-11-06
fascinating journey at the start, became less so with about one hundred pages left all the way up to the end. literary devices the author used were very well placed and utilized - unreliable narrator, repetition, taking you into the character's mind, etc. it almost all still feels too easy- broken guy finds broken girl. it ends with them mending together, the hope of their future stretching on infinitely. the reader closes the book with a sad smile, maybe a bit teary eyed with how far the character has come and the joy of a happy ending. i think the author has a lot of talent in the way that he writes, but i wasn't a huge fan of the way the story developed and ended.
Reviewed: 2018-03-22
The Silver Linings Playbook follows the journey of Pat, who is a mentally unstable 35-year old who has just been released from an in-patient facility. Pat desperately wants to rekindle his relationship with his wife and end their 'apart time' - and with a new therapist, medication, and exercise regime he sets out to do just that.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the message it gave.

I think that books regarding mental health - in their typical and a-typical manifestations - are important and should keep being written. I feel as though books giving the message that recovery is difficult but this is not a reason to give up, are not as widely available as perhaps they should be. And therefore I do applaud Quick for what he set out to accomplish. 

However I did have some issues:

Man speed??? I don't understand Quick's reasoning behind including certain sexist comments within the book. They didn't add to the story or Pat's character development. Pat and his physical accomplishments would not have been damaged in any way or form without these comments. So Quick, why?!

So many classic books are now spoiled for me. This one I understand the reason for inclusion. They were important to the key message of the book. HOWEVER, I would at least have appreciated some sort of warning before hand. So many of these classic book spoilers were just dumped on me out of nowhere and the realization of what had just happened definitely made me tear up more than once. (For a full list of the classics spoiled within this book, see my blog posthref>)

The unethical therapist/client relationship I think there other ways that Quick could have developed this story without including the most unethical therapist relationship I have read about in a book. What was worse was the way it was portrayed as completely normal. I've studied psychological practice and know how damaging this sort of relationship can be.

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Reviewed: 2015-05-14
I was pretty disappointed by The Silver Linings Playbook. Like many people, I wanted to read it after hearing how good the movie was and I have to say now is that I hope the movie is loosely base on the book and better. Not once did the author say that Pat Peoples was bipolar, just that he had a mental illness, so I blame myself for letting information about the movie influence my opinion of the book because for most of the book I thought he was suppose to be bipolar and it wasn't an accurate description of it but he isn't just some kind of mental illness that the readers are not told. Pat didn't always have this mental illness either so it is something that is newly effecting him. With that said I disliked how his character thought and talked, almost like he was a pre-schooler, which led me to believe maybe he's mentally challenged now? But no, the book says mentally ill not handicapped. I thought the reason why he went to the "bad place" was obvious from the beginning, I thought what Tiffany was doing was also obvious when it started. I wish more of the book was about his relationship with her while they were training for the dance, the author goes in great detail about the Eagles to the point where its beyond what the reader needs to know, but this part is rushed through. I did enjoy the ending, it is probably the only redeeming part of the book that makes it worth the buy. Finally, I don't understand how people find the book funny, Pat is obviously struggling throughout most of the book and kind of delusional, it's sad, not funny.
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