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The Silver Linings Playbook

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really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  132,576 Ratings  ·  11,243 Reviews
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 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…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)
Ayacalypso There is a description of someone walking in on another couple having sex, and a lot of the "F-word," but no actual sex scenes, or graphic acts.

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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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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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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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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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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
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 ...more
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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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“I don't want to stay in the bad place, where no one believes in silver linings or love or happy endings.” 892 likes
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