Book Review: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Title: The Silver Linings Playbook written by Matthew Quick
Genre: Fiction
Published by Sarah Crichton books
Page count: 289
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Rating: 4/5 – Loved this book!; loved the movie
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #19

Pat People’s theory in life is that there is always a Silver Lining. He looks for Silver Linings in every situation and life just feels complete when he gets his glimpse of that Silver Lining.

When Pat’s mother shows up and saves him from the awful place he’s been living at against doctors orders, which just happens to be a mental health facility, Pat’s life is definitely starting to look up.

Obsessed with working out and becoming a kinder person, Pat hopes that his large strides in this things will help him to meet his ultimate goal (his #1 obsession), which is reconciling with his (ex)wife Nikki. Everything seems to be working against that goal and Pat cannot understand why, nor handle it and he holds on to the possibility of a Silver Lining to his story which comes to him in the form of Tiffany…a woman very much like himself: broken and vulnerable. Little does Pat know how much of a Silver Lining Tiffany actually is.

I didn’t love this book, but I did really like it. I think my mistake was building this book up so much in my head that my expectations of it were pretty unreal by the time I actually sat down to read it. But the good news is that I did end up really liking it. I think Pat as a character is really, really interesting and I like seeing the world through his very optimistic goggles. I felt really bad for him alot of the time because he just seems to have been dealt this really awful hand with his wife cheating on him and him having to walk in on them in their shower while their wedding song is playing. I think it’s understandable that he went as crazy as he did and beat the guy up. I don’t think him doing that warranted him to be placed in a mental institution but that’s just my opinion…I mean I probably would do the same thing. I also felt really bad for him that he’s always talking about his ex wife Nikki and just trying really hard to get towards the finish line where he just is so sure that she will be waiting for him with open arms ready to continue their life together…and I felt even worse that no one is honest with him about this. But I guess that’s why we have Tiffany in the story…to be the beautiful woman who is brutally honest and accepting of him.

I read this book and then watched the movie right after for the book to movie challenge. I have to say that this is one of those rare occasions where I enjoyed the movie far more than I enjoyed the book (although again I did actually like the book). I love loved loved the movie. It wasn’t just the fact that both actors are two of my favorites, I just think it worked a little better. If you have read this book and seen the book, how different did you think they were? I thought they were so so so different. It almost didn’t even seem like the same story, that’s how different I thought they were. I was really surprised at how different they were but then advertisements for the movie do say “based on the book”, so I shouldn’t have really been all that surprised.

They are both definitely charming stories, heartwarming and at times really funny stories. I would recommend experiencing both of them but just don’t try to compare them. One thing I was surprised about is that my husband really liked the movie! Read the book first! Sidenote: Jennifer Lawrence was phenomenal, enough said!

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