Author: Matthew Quick
Genre: Contemporary. Adult Fiction. Romance.
Published Date: January 1, 2008 (October 16, 2012)
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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 everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he's being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he's being hunted by Kenny G!
In this enchanting novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat's mind, showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: "Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut."
I have loads of thoughts about this book, but mostly I absolutely loved it. I loved the writing style and the narration of the main character, Pat. His constant positive outlook on life when everything around him just seemed to go from bad to worse. Especially since the happiness of his family all rides on how well the Eagles play in that week's game. I will admit though... there were at least one or two characters throughout this story that never made me happy. In fact, they frustrated me often.
This book, nonetheless, was absolutely brilliant. I smiled, I laughed, I sighed, and I rolled my eyes. It made me feel things and think about stuff. It made me remember that life is hard, but in the end everything will be okay, even if things don't turn out at all like I expect them too. Everything about this book, for me, was great. I liked how even though Pat knows he's not "like everyone else", he accepts that fact and builds from it. He works hard to be a better person even if he's doing them for all the wrong reasons. Another aspect that I really liked about this story was the character Tiffany. All in all, even though she's super strange, I think it's safe to say that Tiffany is my favorite character. She's messed up, so completely and totally messed up, but also so unique and I applaud Matthew Quick for her creation.
I think there's a lot of people, not only myself, who can relate to this book in one way or another. I think this book is a great story about family, love, and self-improvement. I recommend it for anyone interested in a good, quick, contemporary read.
(Do NOT continue unless you've read the book!!!)
I know I'm probably going to regretting writing this in the future, but I actually watched the movie adaptation before I was able to read the book. I know. I know! It's shameful, but if it's any consolation, the book and the movie weren't exactly similar. The movie focused more on the relationship between Pat and Tiffany, but the book focused more on Pat and his family, and all his hard work towards getting back together with Nikki. So, as you can see, I didn't really know what I was getting myself into.
What surprised me the most was how horrible Pat's dad was in the book. I hated him. I despised him with every fiber of my being. I didn't even like him when he was being nice towards Pat cause I knew the only reason he was doing it was because the Eagles were winning their games. It was frustrating for me and so many times all I wanted to do was slap the man upside his fat head. Ugh. However, I must admit there were times, beautifully rare moments, when his dad showed us his good side. On the other hand however, Pat's mom was the holder of all my sympathy. She's a caring woman who loves her family more than anything, all she wants is for them to be happy, but her son and husband often treat her with a lot of disrespect. Although I will say this, Pat seems to care more for his mother's feelings than his father does; another reason his dad irritates me.
This could be a surprise for some, but I have a lot of respect for Tiffany. She's fucked up, rude, self-centered, and a huge slut, but she accepts herself the way she is. I love that, I have a lot of respect for the fact that Tiffany knows exactly who she is and she's not afraid to be herself around anyone no matter what they may think of her. Veronica, Tiffany's sister, I don't have the same praise for. to me, Veronica was selfish, controlling, and vain. I also didn't like how stuck up she could be. The way she talked down on Pat when he was just simply swimming with the baby was totally uncalled for. Though I will say she slightly redeems herself when it concerns Tiffany. You can really tell, in some way, she cares about her little sister.
I really enjoyed Matthew Quick's story progression. I felt like it truly showed the hard work and time it takes to improve oneself, that you shouldn't give up, and that there's always something to look forward to in the future. All-in-all a really fantastic read.