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An enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G.

The Silver Linings Playbook is the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with the magnitude of his wife's betrayal.

During the years he spends in a neural health facility, Pat Peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God,
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ebook, 244 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Sarah Crichton Books (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…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)
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Greg
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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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Nick
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
*TANYA*
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-fav, own-it
I laughed the majority of the time with this book.
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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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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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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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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! :)
Lee
Feb 26, 2014 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 ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
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
Kenchiin
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really thought this was 'that stupid book' everyone loves and I would hate.
Funny fact: I loved it.
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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Jessica
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Char
4.5/5 stars!

Thanks to Audible for offering this audiobook free, way back when. I finally got around to listening to it and I loved it. It even made me tear up at the end. It's very different from the movie, but excellent in its own right.

Highly recommended!
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
Lucy Banks
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Endearing, believable - a sensitive yet humourous exploration of mental illness.

Pat starts the book in a 'bad place' - both physically and mentally. He's desperate to win his wife back, exercising to the point of obsession, and struggling to control his anger. Sounds like a bleak tone about mental illness, right? Well, actually... it really isn't at all.

It's first person narrative, enabling the reader to get right in Pat's head. As we get to know him, we realise that he's desperate to be a 'nice
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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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Michael
Jan 09, 2013 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
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
Sheila
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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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
Carlos De Eguiluz
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5

Así que empecé este libro antier por la noche, lo terminé ayer en la madrugada, y a penas hoy estoy escribiendo esta reseña —lo sé, lo sé. Soy un perezoso muchacho—.

Al principio tenía la intención de darle cinco estrellas porque me había conmovido tremendamente y se me había hecho sumamente realista; pero ahora que tengo la oportunidad de mirarlo de una manera un tanto más objetiva, pienso que darle cinco estrellas —a mi muy personal manera de pensar— sería "sobrevalorar" la calidad literaria
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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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