The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick

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!

Silver Linings Playbook has to be the cutest, most beautiful, heartwarming novel I have ever read! I have fallen madly in love with this novel and its unique story and dysfunctional characters. For a woman who does not read many Romantic Comedies, this book has shocked me with its extraordinary writing and plot and is now one of my favorite books of all time! Read this book and fall completely in love. In case you do not know the story then here is a synopsis of mine!

This book is narrated through the eyes of our protagonist Pat Peoples, a former history teacher who has moved back to his childhood home in Collingswood, New Jersey (Go Eagles!) after spending time in a Baltimore psychiatric hospital. Pat is mentally ill with bipolar disorder and believes he has only been in the hospital for a few months but he soon realizes that it has been years and he struggles to piece together his lost memories and what has become of his ‘wife’ Nikki. Pat has a unique theory, that life is a film created by God and that its ‘Silver Lining’ will be the end of ‘Apart Time’ with Nikki. Pat then becomes determined and embarks on a plan of self-improvement in order to win Nikki back. However, his path changes slightly when he goes to have dinner with his friend Ronnie and his wife Veronica and here he is introduced to Tiffany Webster; a woman who also has mental health issues and serious depression after the death of her husband and who has now also moved back to New Jersey. Will she be able to help get Pat’s life back on track or will she be his decline? Skip the next two paragraphs if you do not want the novel to be spoiled in case you haven’t read it!

Spoiler – Pat and Tiffany soon hit it off after much convincing from Tiffany who basically stalked Pat in the beginning! Tiffany is a dancer and needs a partner for a competition and she so desperately wants to win so she enlists Pat to help her and thus he becomes her dance partner. This is me jumping ahead but after the contest, Tiffany agrees to be a go (line of communication) between Nikki and Pat and so she gives Pat a letter, supposedly written by Nikki but in fact it was written by Tiffany. Pat is enthusiastic as he believes this is what God wants and his life is back on track so he suggests a meeting with Nikki at the place they got engaged, and despite no reply, he slips away from his family on Christmas Day to meet her. Nikki is of course not there, but Tiffany is and this is when she admits she has forged Nikki’s letters all along and that she had been trying to help Pat move on and gain closure with his marriage because Tiffany is madly in love with Pat. Of course Pat is furious that the last two months of correspondence have been a lie. In shock, Pat runs into an unfamiliar neighborhood and is assaulted. By chance, he encounters his friend Danny from the Baltimore mental health facility and Danny helps Pat get to the hospital and reunite him with his family. Whilst in hospital Pat still does not recall how or why he was separated from his wife and only when he watches his wedding video – which his mother had hidden – do the memories eventually return with the realization that he and Nikki will never be reunited.

Spoiler – After several weeks Pat recovers from his injuries and after receiving a letter from Tiffany he finally agrees to meet her. Pat explains that he asked his brother Jack to drive him to see Nikki and observed her from afar and after seeing her he finally realized that she has a new family and is happy and thus accepts it as the ending of the movie of his life. Tiffany then gives Pat a belated birthday present: a cloud chart, and they lie on the ground and watch the clouds together. Pat pulls Tiffany close and she tells him that she needs him. As they lie there on the frozen soccer field in the middle of a snowstorm, Pat then kisses her and says “I think I need you too”. Spoiler Free

Sorry for my very long synopsis but this is one of my favorite novels so I couldn’t help myself! This novel is of course about a guy whose life has been shattered and he doesn’t even realize it so naturally, you would think Pat’s story would be incredibly sad but it is not! This book is the opposite of sad, I mean, of course, there are some sad moments but instead, this novel is very uplifting and riveting. The bittersweet humor that Matthew Quick has laced throughout this book makes it a pleasure to read without being depressing and I finished it in just one sitting, which tells you what an incredible piece of work it is!

Our protagonist Pat is extremely likable and you can’t help but love him and his optimism. I myself am very optimistic so I adored how optimistic he was. Some readers I have heard found his optimism irritating but I personally adored it. Pat’s devotion to his cause of being reunited with his ex-wife Nikki is commendable and you really have to admire his sheer amount of devotion. Although personally I hate Nikki and I think everybody who reads this novel will. She has done a terrible thing and betrayed him and because of this, it sent him into a mental breakdown so she frankly is a real b**ch (sorry about my French!).

Now, Pat and Tiffany are beautiful and beyond magical together. As soon as they met each other in this novel and Pat was seriously weary of her, I was rooting for them because I knew in my heart they would be perfect and that they were destined to be together. They have both been through a hard time and experienced horrible things so they truly deserve happiness.  This may be a slight Spoiler but to be honest, everybody knows this about them so I am just going to go ahead and say it! Their love is beautiful and so perfect. As I said in the beginning of my review I tend to stay away from romantic novels as I find them repetitive and lackluster however once in a blue moon a romance novel surprises me and this is certainly the case with this enchanting novel. The Silver Linings Playbook is not cheesy or unoriginal but rather unique, special and beautiful. The writing combined with incredible real-life characters made me fall head over heels and I just adore this novel so much!

I have to quickly say also that the fact that this book is based in New Jersey made me a very happy woman. I may be British but I married an American and live in New Jersey so of course, I adored this aspect massively! Plus, I and my husband are HUGE Eagle fans – GO EAGLES!! – we are proud Philly supporters so the fact that in this book Matthew Quick talked about Eagles winnings and the whole experience of going to an Eagle game made me so happy and yes, maybe this has influenced my review verdict with one more star which is funny because I saw a review in which they deducted a star because they hate the Eagles! Booo, Eagles rule.

To summarise my thoughts on this book I would say it is a beautifully written, crafted novel not with one fault. It is an extremely fun and enjoyable read with short chapters which make it an easy fast-paced read all whilst being continuously entertaining the whole way through. Let’s not forget also that it is extremely funny and had me laughing so much; it genuinely made me smile and is such an unforgettable, amusing read. Of course, I have to give this novel Five Stars and I pray you lovely readers read it!

Thank you so much as ever for reading book lovers! I really appreciate it so much. Please do comment below and let me know all those wonderful thoughts of yours! Do you love Romantic Comedies or tend to steer clear from them? Let me know whether you have read the book or if not whether you could see yourself reading it and also let me know whether you have seen the movie and what you thought about it! Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,   

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon USA! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. website. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book!   

Amazon U.K. / Goodreads / Book Depository / Publisher; Macmillian 
Update* As always I love to talk about the movie version of the book and this movie was impeccable! They captured the heart and soul of the novel wonderfully and I could not have chosen better actors to play Pat and Tiffany. Their chemistry was wonderful and I was in awe of their talent. When Jennifer Lawrence won the best actress for this movie at the Oscars I was ecstatic! The movie overall is a lovely, uplifting film that will make you at the end of the movie have a massive smile on your face. Let me know below your thoughts on the movie! Thanks again for reading!

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I loved the movie ❤ , its one of my favourites ! I was just a little Apprehensive of reading the book but now I believe i definitely will.!
A well crafted review 😁😁

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Hi Somya! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting I appreciate it so much!

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I am so happy that you too loved this movie! What did you think of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper? I thought they were perfect!

Its my go to movie. If I am ever confused about which movie I should watch , I end up watching it. I love their silly but not so silly banter ! How they get each other .

Yes! I am exactly the same I adore it. It is such an up-lifting funny movie and I wish more people had watched it!

Its one movie I keep on telling every friend of mine to watch

Has she had a chance to yet? She needs to it is so beautiful!

yeah. I have recommended it so any of them , and whoever saw it , loved it!

Have you seen Manchester by the Sea? I only ask because they are both similar in the way that they are dark with mental health issues but tons of humour and hope. It’s one of my favourites (:

no I haven’t seen it till now, but its for surely on my list now !

Oh it is so amazing! I warn you now it will make you cry but it is beautiful. Plus Casey Affleck is amazing! Have you seen any of his movies before? (:

I saw him good will hunting , he had a small part in it. But haven’t seen any where he was in the lead !

Aww you should watch his movies they are great!!

I love them together too. They have done so many movies together now! They have a great onscreen chemistry and I adore them. Have you seen their other movies? American hustle for example (:

I haven’t seen American hustle till now. Is it really good.??

It is SO good! You loved Silver Linings so you will love it because it is the same director and same actors virtually. He always used the same, even Robert de’niro is in it! I think I spelt his last name wrong lol.

Do you have any all time favourite movies? (:

yeah I really do . 1. breakfast at tiffany’s 2. Keith 3. A lot like love .!

Oh my gosh I am so ashamed to say this but I haven’t not seen any of these how shocking is that!!

Hey it’s totally all right .! Its just I am a movie buff and they are kinda my life line, a really strong part of me.!
Though you should watch them, they are really nice movies !

I definitely will thank you for telling me about them! (:

I haven’t even seen breakfast at Tiffanys. Is it really amazing as everybody says it is!?

Yes it is…. the dialogues are the best ! And the acting .. they define acting 💝

Oh now you really make me want too watch it! I will have to asap thank you for reminding me!

Oh. You are welcome ! 🙂

It’s crazy now that I think about it how I haven’t seen it because I am obsessed with that era and the dresses omg!! Are you obsessed with that era too? (:

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It’s a shame that not too many people have seen the movie or even read the book because they are both so great but they are considered ‘indie’ even though Jennifer won an oscar for best actress!

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Oh Somya you definitely have to read the book! The book is so beautiful and charming, it is one of my favourites and I think you will adore it! I look forward to hearing back from you (:

Yeah definitely 🙂

Let me know if you ever get a chance to read the book! (:

I will 🙂

Thanks! (:

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Thanks for your kind words also!

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Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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Thanks so much for re blogging this! Have you read the book yourself? (:

No, not yet, but I have added it to my reading list… 🙂 Thank you for the posting the review.

It is so great you won’t regret reading it! You will have to come back and let me know what you think of it! (:

Have you read Gone Girl before? That is another favourite book of mine!

I will first read your review. 🙂

Ok and then let me know if you could see yourself reading it (: I love knowing what fellow book lovers are reading (:

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Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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This has been on my TBR for a while, I’ll have to check it out!

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Thank you so much for commenting! Yes, please do. It is just a great, fun, cute read, is is really worth it! (:

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You will have to let me know if you ever get round to reading it and if you do what you thought of it! (:

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Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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Great post! I’ve only seen the film, but after reading your review, I now feel like I have to go away and read the book! It just sounds so good!

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Thank you so much ! This means so much to me. Yes! Please please read the book, if you loved the movie then you will love the book!

Great!! 😀

Let me know if you end up reading it!

Definitely!

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Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

New to wordpress and had to say that your blog is awesome and so is this comment! Agree with what you said 100%. follow my blog for when its ready. Keep BOOK ROCKING!

Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!

I really do appreciate you taking the time to comment so thanks again!

What is your name and where are you from in the world I am curious!

I look forward to your reply, thanks again!

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New to wordpress and had to say that your blog is awesome and so is this comment! Agree with what you said 100%. follow my blog for when its ready. Keep BOOK ROCKING!

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I really do appreciate you taking the time to comment so thanks again!

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Loved the movie. I’ll have to definitely check out the book now.

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Yes! Please do, it will be more than worth your time! I promise you this. Thank you so much for commenting also!

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Also, what are you reading right now!?

I’m reading two very different books at the moment: On Immunity by Eula Biss, about our complicated relationship with vaccination, and Swizzle by Ana Spoke, a comic novel about the corporate world.

These sound awesome! I am going to investigate these further. Plus, I LOVE comic novels so this sounds awesome. Thank you for bringing them to my attention Kelee!

I have to say I wouldn’t recommend Swizzle. A much better (and funnier) book set in the world of business is A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers.

Ooo… I am going to go check this out! Thank you (: !

New to wordpress and had to say that your blog is awesome and so is this comment! Agree with what you said 100%. follow my blog for when its ready. Keep BOOK ROCKING!

Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!

I really do appreciate you taking the time to comment so thanks again!

What is your name and where are you from in the world I am curious!

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Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

New to wordpress and had to say that your blog is awesome and so is this comment! Agree with what you said 100%. follow my blog for when its ready. Keep BOOK ROCKING!

Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!

I really do appreciate you taking the time to comment so thanks again!

What is your name and where are you from in the world I am curious!

I look forward to your reply, thanks again!

The last really great book I read was The Door by Magda Szabo. She’s a Hungarian writer. The novel was published in 1986 but a new English translation came out just a couple of years ago. Simply beautiful writing.

Hi there! Thank you so much for your kind reply and sorry for my delayed one!

This book sounds great! What is The Door about? I would love to know more!

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What is your name and where are you from in the world I am curious!

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Done! I’m looking forward to reading what you’ve written.

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Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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