Pat thinks his life, along with everything he does, is for one purpose - to be reunited with his ex-wife, Nikki. He works out because Nikki likes him...morePat thinks his life, along with everything he does, is for one purpose - to be reunited with his ex-wife, Nikki. He works out because Nikki likes him fit. He reads books because he knows Nikki would be happy if he does. He practices being kind more than being right because he knows that would impress Nikki.
Nikki, Nikki, Nikki.
Although he does every single thing properly, or at least tries to, I still find some of Pat's principles in life unrealistic. The way he dedicates everything to Nikki is very annoying. But there is a reason why Pat is the way he is. He just got out of the bad place. And everyone knows that in the bad place, people are the way they are for a reason. A big, fat reason.
The Silver Linings Playbook is a glance into the mind of a mentally ill. Pat Peoples and his silver-lining-related beliefs live in a world of contradictions. While Pat thinks he understands everything, his temperament, the way he hates Kenny G, the ways of his father, and his life with ex-wife Nikki, he doesn't understand the underlying factors. He is sure that books are supposed to have happy endings. And throws a fit if they do not - screaming at his parents while trying to make his point, and then goes running to calm his nerves. He thinks that by not truly knowing his past, he can go on with his life like the past never happened. That he can just be better and his life will have that silver lining.
This book aims to relay a single message. Life goes on.
Jake's marriage while Pat was in the bad place means that life doesn't stop for anyone. Pat finding out that Nikki divorced him and that apart time does not exist means that life constantly begins and ends, and that we may be crestfallen and downhearted but wounds always mend. The presence of his friends and family means that there will always be people who are willing to help us stand up again.
Pat thinks that life without Nikki means that it has reached the end. But acceptance is the key. He accepts that life with Nikki is over, and he thinks that his life is too. Little does he know that it has just truly begun.
4 stars. Hilariouuuus. The true stories made me giggle and made me realize how different people are sometimes. It made me miss Sex and the City in a w...more4 stars. Hilariouuuus. The true stories made me giggle and made me realize how different people are sometimes. It made me miss Sex and the City in a way because of the same approach. Witty, funny and cool.
It helped me pick up a few things I didn't think were important. This book also answered some of the questions I had and wasn't really sure about. And it is indeed useful, since I am living with 2 people right now. I miss home but.. Oh well.
P.S. Thank you dear cousin, Freya (on Goodreads) for listening and for lending me this book (to lean on?) I needed it. Haha(less)
This is just perfect. Picked it up the other night when I was told to go to bed early because I kept on sneezing. I...moreUnder the sheets, December 27 2012.
This is just perfect. Picked it up the other night when I was told to go to bed early because I kept on sneezing. I did go to bed early. Like 2 a.m. early. And I'm glad I did.
I am a huge John Green fan. And while I believe he does really good work, sad to say, his story didn't stick at all. I have this theory - he didn't have a choice but to write the middle part. His main character, Tobin, emphasized on "happy middle" a lot. That happy middle speech was awesome. But it didn't sound like he was having a good time. This is me reminding you, this is my theory. His characters were smart, as was pointed out by Myracle's protagonist, Addie. But it seemed pretentious, and trying hard. It did alright as the middle story, though. Laying the groundwork for a wonderful finale.
If anyone out there is still looking for a book to read this break, I would suggest you grab a copy of this book. A very funny, entertaining and heartwarming read.
I am glad to have read the works of Myracle and Johnson. Especially Johnson. I was laughing the entire time. It is perfectly clear why the authors have joined forces. Besides being three of the best YA authors today, they all know how warm you up this season with their flobie villages, hash browns and teacup pigs.(less)
I've been in bed for two days. During so, I've had two books come and go. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Will Grayson, Will Grayson".
Stieg Lar...moreI've been in bed for two days. During so, I've had two books come and go. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Will Grayson, Will Grayson".
Stieg Larsson's first book of the Millennium Series had a particularly alluring effect on me the first time I heard about it. It had that title which was meant to give a hint of something in a huge and a not-so-huge effect altogether. After a few months of knowing about it, hearing about it and being interested in it, seeing it once again on the shelves of the bookstore made me realize that I already was tired of it. A sort of like jaded prospect.
I borrowed it from my cousin anyway and was planning on starting when other things distracted me and I intentionally let them. There are some books you knowingly deny (the existence of) and this book was one of them for me. It's like you've always known they are going to be utterly great but go on without noticing anyway. After finishing this, I knew I would hate myself for a few minutes. And I did. But all is OK now.
Will Grayson, on the other hand, came as a shock. I did not know anything about it other than these two facts: there will be two Will Graysons and they will be great friends (or best friends or something like that) Both of which are wrong by the way.
All I can say is, Will Grayson is so gay. Literally. It's funny and original altogether. And I never thought that a magnificent collaboration could come up with such a story. Which is why I am ending this review with a simple message:
Tiny Cooper, I am no Will Grayson and I know my name is far from it. But you are one meaty-funny/funny-meaty person with tons and tons of respect and appreciation and I fucking appreciate you!(less)
There are numerous tips & wonderful quotations from the beloved Lemony Snicket. Some of them I've posted on Twitter (I'm currently too tired to lo...moreThere are numerous tips & wonderful quotations from the beloved Lemony Snicket. Some of them I've posted on Twitter (I'm currently too tired to look them up and post them here). But of course I remember a few. "I do what I do in order to do something else." This one still strikes me as amazing as when I first read it. People may not realize how much truth it holds. And something a little more humorous. "It is good to brush your teeth when you are angry, because you brush harder and do a better job."
I cannot put to words how much I truly love Daniel Handler. He has given me a peculiar, and hence a very interesting childhood. Every time he writes something funny or smart, I feel his pride. And every single time he writes something odd, I smile and think, "I love you Daniel. Who else thinks like this? Why even write something like this?" (Meant to be rhetorical ofc) But I hear him saying, "Why not?"
I was looking forward to the first book of this series. But having read the entire ASOUE, I must say it isn't as adventurous, albeit still as clever and entertaining.(less)
People say the books of this series get better. So far, they're wrong.
I've seen the movie. Loved the movie. I'm one of those readers who would see fil...morePeople say the books of this series get better. So far, they're wrong.
I've seen the movie. Loved the movie. I'm one of those readers who would see film adaptations just to compare. Just to know those differences some people consider trivial. Books Versus Movies.
Moving on.. I didn't see the point of giving the title "Rodrick Rules." I was wondering when they would start to hang out as brothers, to have fun. I was looking forward to Greg and Rowley partying, the fake-puke-on-car moments, the nice Rodrick. None of these actually happened. They were all one-sided Rodrick moments. Disappointing. I was down to the last pages and I was still hoping they'd get together or something. Hope the next book's better.(less)
Are you going to be playing for the pure of thrill of unreluctant desire?
It was obvious David Levithan was writing Dash' parts, and Rachel Cohn - Lily...moreAre you going to be playing for the pure of thrill of unreluctant desire?
It was obvious David Levithan was writing Dash' parts, and Rachel Cohn - Lily's. Only after finishing the book did I confirm it. Also I found it amusing that the whole book was David's idea, but the whole notebook thing was supposedly Lily's idea, or Langston's. As was said after the final pages of the story, the authors just wrote back and forth because that's how they usually do a collab. Considering that the whole story only lasted for about a week or so, it was too fast. And yet, too irresistible.
I liked Dashiell's parts more. Not sure if it's because Levithan wrote them but I just found Lily's parts to be really girly. And truthfully speaking, Dash is my kind of guy. boy.. guy-boy. Also, I found myself remembering at times that they were only sixteen. I'm pretty sure I would have loved it more if this came out when I was younger though. I would have related to the story, which reminded me of a particular quote from a show. "Even when an adult, our hearts will always be fifteen."
Wasn't that interesting until they first met. There's beauty in meeting someone you've been talking to for a long time. Like hope, and sometimes, sad hope.
This book made me laugh. Pretty sure I looked silly at times. The baby stealer part was quite shallow, but made laugh anyway. Their love story felt unreal at first. But it builds up rather slowly, and nicely, and with a really good foundation.
Things I really liked: 1) Clever use of words 2) Langston was suddenly a wise man. I want an older brother. 3) Dissing Nicholas Sparks. 4) Making a possibility - a reality. 5) Dashiell is a really nice name.
Sweet, sweet, young love. And first kisses, and wanting someone to kiss. Takes me back sometimes. How simple life is in the eyes of a 16-year old, and how light and bright things can be. "Your lightness," Dash said.(less)
How I pictured the ending of the book: Page 349. "What's up?" he asked. "Nothing. O...moreCHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR The Morning When
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How I pictured the ending of the book: Page 349. "What's up?" he asked. "Nothing. Oh, nothing. Just..." She looked up at him. "I thought I'd finally got rid of you." "I don't think you can." he said.
I picture David Nicholls sitting with his elbows on his desk, thinking, "No." Feeling incomplete. "One more part to go." Hence, this.
How the book ended: Page 435. How else?
One Day has become one of the reasons why I despise reading romance-filled books. I expect reading to be that one thing which can help me get through a rough day when everything else fails. And instead, it saddened me, added up to my pile of frustrations and prolonged my supposed-to-be-24-hours-only rough days.
But it is not at all that bad. It actually was (still is) kind of amazing. It is what love stories are supposed to be: typical and normal. A cliche which can still be incredibly absorbing. A never ending compilation of similarities to everyday happenings. A moving piece of poetry.(less)