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The Silver Linings Playbook

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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 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
Dec 04, 2012 Greg 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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Amy Cane Dolzine
Apr 04, 2013 Amy Cane Dolzine 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
Marion Hudson
Jul 20, 2014 Marion Hudson 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
Nikki
Mar 03, 2013 Nikki 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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Diane
Aug 23, 2013 Diane 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 Kemper 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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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
May 24, 2013 Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh 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
Jason
Oct 08, 2015 Jason 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, chil
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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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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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Lee
Aug 03, 2016 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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! :)
Andrew Smith
Jun 30, 2015 Andrew Smith 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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Kenchiin
Mar 25, 2016 Kenchiin rated it really liked it
I really thought this was 'that stupid book' everyone loves and I would hate.
Funny fact: I loved it.
Michael
Certainly a moving and entertaining fable about an obsessive love by a man recovering from a psychotic break. I liked how the nuttiness of the therapist about the Philadelphia Eagles and extreme behaviors of the fans shows levels of insanity among the larger society. But the story just keeps hitting the same notes again and again, and I got tired of being in Pat’s mind and his noble quest to be worthy of a life with silver linings. Damage is done to any meaningful public comprehension of mental ...more
Jessica (priceiswong)
Jun 10, 2015 Jessica (priceiswong) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own
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
Michael
Mar 20, 2013 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 28, 2013 Robert 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
Sheila
Mar 11, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Myfanwy
Sep 10, 2008 Myfanwy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Diamond Cowboy
Jul 01, 2015 Diamond Cowboy 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
Laura
Sep 23, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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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Mark Bennett
Feb 11, 2013 Mark Bennett rated it really liked it
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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Jackie
Jun 26, 2014 Jackie rated it did not like it
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
Hershey
Sep 29, 2014 Hershey rated it liked it
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
Mar 31, 2013 Priscilla rated it really liked it
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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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 more than thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, among other accolades. Matthew lives with his wife on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
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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.” 880 likes
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