Going into The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, I didn’t know what to expect. As you may know if you’re a regular here, while I’ve always enjoyed reading once I get into a book, I’ve never consistently consumed fiction as regularly as I am these days. So far I’ve read five books in five weeks, and that has to be a record for me! I’m super proud of that little achievement and not showing any signs of slowing down. I’m really enjoying it! So while there are unread books on my shelf and you’re happy to read about my journey, I’m happy to keep on sharing my thoughts and opinions.
Let me start out by saying that, like my Crazy House by Robert Pattison Review, this was the first exposure to a genre for me, on a multitude of different levels. Silver Linings is equal parts romance, family drama, and personal struggle, all delivered in a deeply personal ‘journal style’ written by the main character, Pat Peoples.
Pat’s a man that has white-knuckled his way through bipolar disorder his whole life, and after an incident resulting in the courts ordering him to reform in a mental health facility, we watch as he battles hard to impress his estranged wife and right all his wrongs.
The Silver Linings Playbook is all about Pat finding the end of ‘apart time,’ trying his best to improve himself in all the ways that would impress his wife. Is this a wise approach? To pitch his whole improvement on the unlikely chance to reconcile his marriage? Probably not, like everyone keeps telling him, but they can’t see the Silver Linings like Pat can. He’s gonna prove them all wrong.
Aside from the wonderfully written story, Silver Linings doubles as a reminder for all the classic books that I NEED to read along my journey. Huck Finn, Moby Dick, To Kill a Mockingbird and more, all mentioned and speed-read by the loveable Pat Peoples. The author’s own love of literature is reflected in the respects he pays to these epic titles, and I personally wrote a little list under the title ‘Pat’s Reading List‘ as I raced through the pages of his own unfolding story.
Silver Linings is funny, sad, and painfully real. The exposure to Pat’s mind is an honest treat, and I think many of us can relate to his thoughts at least in the furthest reaches of our psyche.
I LOVED Silver Linings. It sits deservedly at the very top of my all time favourite reads, and has further encouraged me to explore modern literature with an open mind! So what do you say? Have I convinced you? I’ll close out by saying that if you haven’t read The Silver Linings Playbook, you need to get on to it right away.
I treated myself to the movie once I’d finished the book, and while it was good, it doesn’t even compare to the book (obviously.) the characters, plot, and pretty much the whole tone of the story is shifted for Hollywood’s sake, much as you’d expect. So please don’t rate the book by the film.
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