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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 everythi ...more
Paperback, Movie Tie-in Edition, 289 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published September 2nd 2008)
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Erika I must be the only person who did not like the book. At all. Yes, Pat's psychosis are easier to understand in the book as it is all basically his inne…moreI must be the only person who did not like the book. At all. Yes, Pat's psychosis are easier to understand in the book as it is all basically his inner monologue, but I found the other characters to have less depth than paper ... Tissue thin, colorless and boring. I expected there to be more similarities to the movie, but there really aren't any other than Pat and his obsession with Nikki. And sure, the running and character names ... But that's about it. As an avid reader I have only once or twice found a film adaptation to be better than than the original written form ... And this is one of those times. IMO.(less)
Amber Dunten I read the book and then watched the movie the next day, and in both, my impression is that she's intrigued by him because he doesn't take her up on h…moreI read the book and then watched the movie the next day, and in both, my impression is that she's intrigued by him because he doesn't take her up on her early offer of sex, which makes him not like most other men. Like everyone is telling Pat, she needs a friend, and here's this guy who likes her enough to ask her out to the diner, but apparently doesn't want to sleep with her, at least not right away. (less)

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Greg
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Nick
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4,2 stars

Okay... so it was good. As you can already tell by my rating, it was an enjoyable read. However it did not give me the 5 star thrill. It is beautifully crafted, such an entertaining story, lovely and funny characters, inspiring message but it did not keep me eager to read and read.

Would I recommend it? - Totally.
Would I read it again? - Unlikely.
Was it worth reading? - Of course.
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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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick

The book is narrated through the eyes of Pat Peoples, and occasionally Tiffany's through letters.

A former history teacher who has moved back to his childhood home in Collingswood, New Jersey, after spending time in a Baltimore psychiatric hospital, Pat believes he has been away only a few months, but soon realizes it has been years, and struggles to piece together his lost memories and what has become of his wife, Nikki.

He has a hypothesis that life is
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Beverly
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the movie, so I thought I would enjoy the book and it was delightful, very charming and full of silver linings. This is a book about mental illness and recovery from so it is weird that it has such a light tone. It works though. I really empathized with Pat and Tiffany and their odyssey to wellness, self-fulfillment and enlightenment.

Pat's family dynamic was more troublesome in the book and you could understand why he had such a terrible temper with his closed-off father as an example.
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Marion Hudson
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Amy Cane Dolzine
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pinebrook
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
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Swaroop
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"F**ing shit, what kind of a God are you!?"

Matthew Quick`s The Silver Linings Playbook is the story of Patrick `Peoples` - his journey towards recovery after coming back from the `bad place`, a mental recovery institution. On a higher level, it does feel funny and hilarious to read. But, this is actually a deeply serious potrayal and depiction of the inside view of a person, who is going through a mentally and emotionally turbulent period in life.

A must-read in order to get a perspective and und
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Diane
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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*TANYA*
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, all-time-fav
I laughed the majority of the time with this book.
Jason
Sep 08, 2013 rated it did not like it

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, chi
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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 dyna ...more
Neil (or bleed)
Here I am again to the part where I don't know exactly what to say about a book I loved.

Anyway, The Silver Linings Playbook is an engaging, poignant novel that touched a lot of things: mental health, silver linings (obviously), brotherhood, parentage, lies, friendship, love, betterment of oneself, etc. It also touched my heart, my soul, my kidney, my liver, my pancreas and ten of my vital organs lol. (Here's me doing my best to give justice on why this book is worth a read.) See, I can't articu
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Nat K

"Life is random and fucked-up and arbitrary, until you find someone who can make sense of it all for you if only temporarily."

I don't know what it is about this book that appealed to me so much. I don't think I'm quite in the same emotional parameter as Pat Peoples, who narrates this story. But I felt myself in simpatico with him. He was completely real to me.

I kept thinking "Oh Pat!" throughout the book. I could feel how life had overwhelmed him. The dismay and astonishment he felt at situatio
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Lotte
The book is SO much better than the movie! I'm actually kind of shocked how much they changed or left out in the adaptation. If you liked the movie, you should read the book and then maybe reconsider! :)
Emily B
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a sweet story and a quick easy read. I can see why a lot of people would love it.

For me it fell flat and was fairly predictable. I felt disappointed when we finally learn why the main character is in the position he is in. I was expecting something more shocking and interesting. Some parts also felt contrived and too coincidental for me to enjoy fully.
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 Klein

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 ✩
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
Jessica
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Kenchiin
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really thought this was 'that stupid book' everyone loves and I would hate.
Funny fact: I loved it.
Alex
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 *

This book has so many crazy characters which leave you confused and stranded for a bit. But in the end everything becomes clear.

Pat Peoples, the narrator of the story has left a mental institution. He knows his wife Nikki has left him and he is going through a "apart time" from her which will end soon. He is seeking the help of a therapist and his mother is trying to bring him back to his senses. Pat tries to be 'kind' to people rather than say what he thinks aloud, for Nikki's sake. He tr
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Caroline
***NO SPOILERS***

This book can be summed up very simply. It’s about a football-obsessed, mentally ill man--Pat--who’s readjusting to his life after leaving a neuropsychological facility. He spends his days exercising for literally hours and nurturing a fantasy that a reunion with his wife--Nikki--is right on the horizon. Author Matthew Quick wrote this in a humorous tone, which mostly works but would be funnier if Pat weren’t annoying.

Pat views the world and talks with all the sophistication of
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Robert
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-deals
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
Andrew Smith
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y-a
Pat Peoples has suffered a mental breakdown following a traumatic event in his life. He’s been institutionalised for some time but is about to go home. He dreams of being reunited with his estranged wife, Nikki, and in the meantime he’s working out (endlessly) and following his favourite American Football team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

The story has already been made into a successful film it's therefore not surprising that the book very much has a film script feel. I suppose it’s also an ok hol
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Steven Walle
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The story is of a mentally deranged man who has spent four years in the mental ward of the hospital is learning how to conduct himself on the outside. He has a Wife he longs to see. He realizes that life does not always have a silver lining or a happy ending. It was very well written and I felt like I was right there with him for the book is placed here in Philedalphia.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Diamond
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Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar-winning film; THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW; LOVE MAY FAIL; THE REASON YOU’RE ALIVE; and four young adult novels: SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR; BOY21; FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK; and EVERY EXQUISITE THING. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, received a PEN/Hemingway ...more

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