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Meet Pat. 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 a happy ending for him -- the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat's now home, and everyt ...more
Paperback, Movie Tie-in Edition, 289 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 1st 2008)
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Greg
Dec 04, 2012 Greg rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: if you like Perks of Being a Wallflower
Recommended to Greg by: The Weinstein Company
The reductive takeaway: The adult Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Sometimes I wonder if I read the same book as other people. That's usually when I hate something that other people love. It's rarer when we both like the same book, but for vastly different reasons and have vastly different interpretations. But of course, the power of literature is interpretation, so it's to be expected.

For some reason, people keep calling this book "fun" and "entertaining." I'm sure someone probably called it a "ligh
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Elaine
Also posted on rabbitsfortea

Warning: This book will spoil some classics if you have yet to read them.

1. The Scarlet Letter
2. The Great Gatsby
3. A Farewell to Arms
4. The Catcher in the Rye
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
6. The Bell Jar

Alright, consider yourselves warned, now onward to my short review.

Silver Linings is one of those books that I wouldn't normally pick up and probably wouldn't if not for wanting to read it before I watch the movie. From the trailer, I expected a pretty light he
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Alex
Just saw the movie and I cried like a little girl..

The next day, after reading the book...

Well, I'm a little disappointed in the book. The movie was excellent. I loved the chemistry between the actors, their wonderful performances and the story.

I found myself skipping pages in the book whenever Pat talked about football. I didn't find Pat and Tiffany's romantic relationship credible because the book lacked the proper detailed descriptions of their heated encounters.

I'm going to compare the book
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Ben
What a fun book! I’m sure it’s enjoyable for anyone that doesn’t have a stick up their ass, but it’s the kind of book that even non-readers will love, too, because it’s an easy read, and the chapters are short, and it’s entertaining the whole way through, and it’s funny as hell.

Our narrator, Pat Peoples, is pretty crazy by society’s standards. He’s been in “the bad place” for years, and once out, with the help of his sweet mother, he’s trying to get his life back on track so he can reunite with
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Amy Cane Dolzine
Well, thank god that's over. I don't know what's wrong with me, considering everyone else seems to think this is a good book (4 stars). Me - not so much. I can see how I would like the movie though. I should just stick with that. Maybe you just can't go from Pat Conroy's "Lords of Discipline" and Herman Koch's "The Dinner" to this ... I mean, I understand the construct - but I kind of felt like the "diary style" writing limited the author's ability to let me really feel the story. I was so distr ...more
Nikki
I.. LOVED this book. So heartbreakingly honest... so funny and real.

Pat Peoples has been in "the bad place" for years. He is, by anyone's definition, crazy. He's violent, he has forgotten years of his life, and his arch nemesis is jazz musician Kenny G... but he's endlessly and relentlessly hopeful. He believes in silver linings above anything else... and he believes that by trying to become the best man he can, he will eventually reach his own silver lining. His father seems to have his own iss
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Diane
Update: I finished this book a day ago and it's really stayed with me. I've been thinking about the earnestness of Pat. He had such good intentions! He was focused on being kind instead of being right, which is an attitude that could help many of us. He was focused on improving his mind and on trying new things -- more positive attributes. He wanted to be nicer to his family and he exercised every day -- both good things. If he didn't have an anger problem, he would make a great friend! I increa ...more
Kemper
Pat Peoples has been confined to the ‘bad place’, but he finally gets to leave and live with his parents until he can get back on his feet. Pat’s main goal is to continue on a path of self-improvement including working on being kinder, strenuous exercise and reading books so he'll be a better husband when he finally sees his beloved wife Nikki again after their ‘apart time’.

Pat likes being home, but his moody father refuses to talk to him unless the Philadelphia Eagles win. Plus, his mother and
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Marion Hudson
I read many, many, many books. I am happy to read anything from classic fiction to pure escapist chic lit. I don't mind mediocre writing, gratuitous sex scenes or weak predictable plots since the authors allow me to enter another world for one or two hours every day, and for that I am grateful. Even if their books are easily forgettable, for the time that I am reading them, they are a fun way to spend my time. But every now and again a book comes along that makes me rethink my strategy of readin ...more
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
May 24, 2013 Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of quirky realistic fiction and / or football
Recommended to Florence (Lefty) by: Hooked by the title
A darkly comedic novel, fresh and just plain fun. Ignore the screaming chick-lit cover & book blurb, obviously the marketing department was calling the shots. Recently released from a 4 year gig in a mental institution, Pat People is fixated on reconciling with his ex-wife. With heartbreaking tunnel-vision he believes as long as he has an uber-positive attitude he’ll win her back. It’s a great debut, a quirky story that grapples with an eclectic mix of subjects including mental illness, the ...more
K.D. Absolutely
The movie is better than the book. Normally, it is the reverse but this is one of the exceptions.

The movie got nominated in the 2013 Oscars for Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role (won), Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Directing, Film Editing and Writing.

I finished reading the book yesterday and so I bought a pirated DVD copy and watched it today. The movie people made the dull book somewhat better. Dull because it is all a rehash. I've seen
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Lee

Here are seven weird "bestselling writing tips" suggested by this playbook to line writers' pockets with silver:

1. Use short chapters, with chapter titles consisting of a phrase taken from the end of each chapter

We like short chapters because we like easily achievable goals (ie, I'm gonna read five more pages before I turn off the light and go to sleep -- OK, one more chapter -- OK, one more quick chapter -- and suddenly you've read fifty more pages and stayed up a while longer than expected).
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
After spending a long time in a mental health facility, Pat Peoples returns home and is ready to get his life back together. Pat is convinced that his destiny is to become more physically fit and to read more classic literature so that his estranged wife Nikki will come back to him. But now that he's at home, things aren't quite right. His family refuses to talk about his wife, his favorite football team (the Philadelphia Eagles) keeps losing games, and now a strange woman named Tiffany is start ...more
Jason


There are good books and there are bad books, period, that's the distinction.

Norton Juster











It appears that this book was structured, not around a plot but around a shamelessly badly rendered character. This idea could have been surprisingly successful, if in the hands of a author who knows his craft. 2d characters. You can almost hear the echo of their cries as they wither in a lack of creativity and the weight of their soul crush monotony.



The main character is a narcissistic, obsessed, child
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Michael
Pat Peoples is a former history teacher who moves back home after spending some time in a neurology hospital. He has a theory that every life is like a movie and he is just waiting for his silver lining ending, the successful reunion with his wife Nikki. Pat spends his time on self improvement, determined this will help end ‘apart time’, he exercises excessively and reads great American literature. He meets Tiffany and soon becomes friends because of their similarities; physically fit and clinic ...more
Robert
This novel felt like so much more than a debut novel. It felt wonderful and powerful and tinged with emotion, and I walked away from it with a sense of enrichment and fulfillment. Had I not read THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, I’d still be the same person I am now, but I would’ve missed out on this opportunity to forget who I was for a few hours over the course of this character driven tale. Although this story is dark and psychological and filled with regret and anger and frustration, I’d still sa ...more
Sheila
Who cries after listening to Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart?

Pat Peoples, the offbeat hero of The Silver Linings Playbook.

When in a difficult situation where retaliating through violence or similar abuse is probable, he runs away, literally, from the situation, until he can feel his tears mixing with his sweat. Yes, Pat is a man who cries when he's being unkind.

He's special that way.

So everyday he improves his mind by reading books and everyday he improves his body by running and lif
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Laura
Matthew Quick's The Silver Linings Playbook tells the story of narrator Pat Peoples's return to real life after four years in a "neural health facility." Pat is determined to win back his wife, Nikki, after their "apart time," which Pat, with somewhat pitiable naivete, takes to be a trial separation. But then Pat meets Tiffany, who offers, on one rather arduous condition, to act as a liaison between him and Nikki. Needless to say, things don't go quite as he planned.

I will confess to being a bi
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Jessica (priceiswong)
This is has become one of those books that I really, really enjoyed reading, but couldn't quite put my finger on exactly why. I mean, I watched the movie before and absolutely fell in love with it. I'd heard that the book and movie were very different so I wasn't expecting a perfect match (I think this helped as well.) I found myself just falling in love with Pat and Tiffany's COMPLETELY messed up lives for some reason and was rooting for them the entire book. Not just romantically.. I was reall ...more
Myfanwy
Philadelphia is not only the home of the quintessentially American Liberty Bell, cheese steak, and Rocky, but now Philadelphia offers us another American original: Pat Peoples, the neurologically-damaged, ex-wife pining, mother-loving, uber Eagles fan protagonist of Matthew Quick's dazzling debut novel The Silver Linings Playbook.

You might think that a book about a guy who has lost so much--his wife, his home, his job, and many years of his life in a mental health facility--would be depressing.
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Mark Bennett
Blown away by how different the book is from the film. Loved the film and it will certainly win a few Oscars, but I hadn't imagined how marvelous David O. Russell's adaptation was, stirring and compelling, dramatically intense and laugh-out-loud funny, and ever so heartwarming, and full-on, a killer "silver lining" ending.

Equally blown away by Quick's novel. I had peeked in after it arrived in the mail yesterday and I put it by the bed. Figured to dip in at night. Woke up this morning and blew t
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Hershey
3.5 stars



This book is really really good. It's a bit hard to describe why I gave it three stars instead of five. Mostly, because I did not like to read about the Eagles. It's great at the beginning and somewhere in between where Tiffany and Pat practice for the dance but half the time it went on very slow. But I enjoyed it nonetheless :)



Pat is finally out of the mental hospital and he's trying to be a better person for Nikki, his wife. He's re-adjusting himself to his old yet new life and meets
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Priscilla
Initial thoughts:

1. Loved Pat's narrative voice. He's observant and very straightforward, which made him very (unintentionally) funny.
2. Tiffany didn't have a big presence in the book which surprised me. She was quite the character though, and her story was engaging.
3. Surprisingly, loved the football element in the story. I related with this a lot, and found the characters that were connected/affected by it realistic. It was a really fun aspect of the book!
4. My favourite chapter was 'My Movie'
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Jackie
OK, so the main character talks like an 5-year-old, but he's in his thirties. We learn early on that he is mentally ill, and I kept expecting to find out that he was brain damaged. But as far as I could tell, that's not the case (because of the poor writing, it's never fully clear). Which makes his little-boy lingo ("the bad place" and "apart time") extremely grating, to say the least. Fully-grown adult men who are depressed and have issues with rage do not talk like children. The more I think a ...more
Cathy DuPont
Today is March 16, so you have nine and one half months to get this book and read it. Do yourself that favor and it just may be the best book you will have read this year. I swear.

Seeing the movie, of course, does not count.

Sorry, folks, but finally found my favorite quote from the book. I've had discussions about "depressing" books with (non-reading) friends; when I say non-reading, I mean people unlike us who really read.

From the book, talking about a reading syllabus distributed by a high sch
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Arlene
Jul 24, 2010 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arlene by: Author giveaway
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick was such a pleasant surprise of a book. I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did as the premise sounded a bit too depressing for my taste, but as before with my experience with Quick’s writing, I was completely wrong.

I was impressed how Quick took a very serious subject of recovering from a mental break down and depression and wrapped it around a light and enjoyable narrative. Before long I was rooting Pat Peoples on and plowing through this
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Mimi
So much hype, so little to back up that hype.

I still don't see what all the fuss is about with this book. The writing is OK for contemporary fiction, the prose not bad at times, the characters also not bad, but the story overall could have been dealt with better. It could have had more nuances since this is a novel about mental health. There could have been more emotional consequences for the main character and those close to him.

Too many novels these days that deal with mental health and the me
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Diane S.
Don't know why I waited so long to read this book, have not seen the movie either. If it wasn't for Brittany picking this for me to read in one of our group exchanges it probably would have sat patiently waiting on my very long TBR. I loved this, it had so much of everything, humor, lots of humor, sadness, friendship, family and the simple joys of sharing things with the people you know. Even loved the therapist Chris, I sometimes think I could use someone like him.

The eagle chant and the men wa
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Juli
Aww, it was so quirky and cute.


I'm so glad they carried that part across to the movie. They are both great in their own respects, but they have the most important parts in common.

For a while I wasn't sure I'd like the book, but as I kept reading, it kept getting better and better. So glad I read it.

This seems to be a big deal for a lot of people, that other book's plots get divulged, but to me, I found that wonderful. Now I actually want to read some of them (and as I thought, give others a mi
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Elaine
This paperback was one of my 50p charity shop finds. I know I only bought it because I had seen the trailers for the film although I had no clue as to what it was about really, but I was expecting a nice, easy reading romantic comedy – which is not what this book turns out to be.

The easiest way to review it is by telling you about the main character, Pat. Pat has just been released from a mental institution where he has spent the past four years following what, for the most part of the read, we
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Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar-winning film. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, among other accolades. He lives with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Bessette, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
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