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The Silver Linings Playbook (original 2008; edition 2012)

by Matthew Quick, Ray Porter (Reader)

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Title:The Silver Linings Playbook
Authors:Matthew Quick
Other authors:Ray Porter (Reader)
Info:Blackstone Audio, Inc. (2012), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
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Rating:****1/2
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The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (2008)

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Enjoyed this very much. The film adaptation was actually fairly close, especially the dialogue. I actually like the film's ending better, but this book was great. ( )
  ajsteadman | Apr 20, 2016 |
Easy read, as fun as as the movie. If you are looking for something uplifting, pick this up. I read it because I wanted to know how they approached the dance competition, but that really wasn't discussed in the book. I still loved it! ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
This was a surprisingly fast and easy read. I'm not sure it's terribly profound, but I enjoyed the slightly bizarre characters and creative set up. I agree with some others that it's probably not a very accurate representation of mental illness, but if you're okay with taking this just for what it is, it's a very good read.

Note, however, that there are definite spoilers of some famous literature -- so if you intend to read The Great Gatsby or The Bell Jar and haven't yet, be warned. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Oh my gosh! I loved this book! The book's settings take place in Maryland, NJ and Philly! All places I know very well. It was great to hear references to places like malls & neighborhoods, bridges, interstates, & roads that I know mentioned throughout this book. The characters were so good & I loved them all. I thought I knew what was going to happen to the main character early on in the story but the plot kept moving along with new developments and twists & connections. I couldn't put this book down. I laughed and sighed with the main character & his struggle. Pat's optimism was infectious and I wanted a happy ending so bad for him & his family. While it wasn't what he had hoped, it still worked out well. Life is like that. Bad things happen to all of us as we journey through life but what matters is how we deal with it and what, or who, we become after it. What makes us move forward when our world falls apart & what keeps us stuck in the past unable to let it go? I really enjoyed this book & can't wait to see the movie. ( )
  Erika.D | Jan 28, 2016 |
Mixed feelings overall about this one. I loved the overall plot of the story, and the voice of the main character was wonderful. My issue lies with the details of the main character's accident. This is why neuropsychologists should not read fiction books like this - it's too easy to spot the flaws and get focused on them. I'm anxious to see the movie. ( )
  joyhclark | Jan 20, 2016 |
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Pat Peoples has a theory that his life is actually a movie produced by God, and that his God-given mission in life is to become emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending – which, for Pat, means the return of his estranged wife Nikki, from whom he's currently having some 'apart time.' It might not come as any surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.

When Pat leaves hospital and goes to live with his parents, however, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends now have families; his beloved football team keep losing; his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy. And he's being haunted by Kenny G.

There is a silver lining, however, in the form of tragically widowed, physically fit and clinically depressed Tiffany, who offers to act as a go-between for Pat and his wife, if Pat will just agree to perform in this year’s Dance Away Depression competition.
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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, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

When Pat meets the tragically widowed and clinically depressed Tiffany, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, if only he will give up watching football, agree to perform in this year’s Dance Away Depression competition, and promise not to tell anyone about their “contract.” All the while, Pat keeps searching for his silver lining.

In this brilliantly written debut novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat’s mind, deftly showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. The result is a touching and funny story that helps us look at both depression and love in a wonderfully refreshing way.

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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, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.… (more)

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