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The Silver Linings Playbook

Quick, Matthew (Paperback - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Silver Linings Playbook


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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.
Authors: Quick, Matthew, 1973-
Title: The silver linings playbook
Publisher: New York :, Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2012, c2008
Characteristics: 289 p. ;,22 cm
Notes: Movie tie-in
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0374533571
9780374533571
0374533571
9780374533571
Branch Call Number: QUICK M
PS3617.U535 S56 2012
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“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.

Report This Nov 13, 2013
  • gr8_reader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Report This Jul 01, 2013
  • tuttleliz rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Jun 26, 2013
  • wilqser rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

Report This May 30, 2013
  • TikkaDubey rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This May 14, 2013
  • gvlee rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Quirky and touching, with extremely likeable characters. The narrator writes as if he is simple minded, which put me off at first, but I promise you, if you hang in there, the story will draw you in after a few pages. Highly recommended.

Report This Apr 06, 2013
  • mogie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a satisfying read. It started off slowly for me but once I got 60 pages in, I read the rest of the book in one go. The writing kind of bothered me at times. I then read that Quick's published YA novels in the past which may explain the writing style.

Report This Mar 04, 2013
  • Manisphere rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A light, fun read if not a totally accurate portrayal of mental illness. Maybe it's accurate if you're in a rich family, are surrounded by friends and are being perused by a beautiful woman. No real idea what Pat's actual illness is. I liked the message though. Even if the mental illness stuff was kind of a mystery. But life isn't really like this. Which, I suppose explains the success of the story.

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