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The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel Paperback – October 16, 2012
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Pat Peoples, the endearing narrator of this touching and funny debut, is down on his luck. The former high school history teacher has just been released from a mental institution and placed in the care of his mother. Not one to be discouraged, Pat believes he has only been on the inside for a few months––rather than four years––and plans on reconciling with his estranged wife. Refusing to accept that their apart time is actually a permanent separation, Pat spends his days and nights feverishly trying to become the man she had always desired. Our hapless hero makes a friend in Tiffany, the mentally unstable, widowed sister-in-law of his best friend, Ronnie. Each day as Pat heads out for his 10-mile run, Tiffany silently trails him, refusing to be shaken off by the object of her affection. The odd pair try to navigate a timid friendship, but as Pat is unable to discern friend from foe and reality from deranged optimism, every day proves to be a cringe-worthy adventure. Pat is as sweet as a puppy, and his offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser. (Sept.)
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"It's a charmingly nerve-wracking combination...The book is cinematic, but the writing still shimmers. This nimble, funny read is spiked with enough perception to allow the reader to enjoy Pat's blindly hopeful philosophy without irony." Barrie Hardymon, National Public Radio
"Quick fills the pages with so much absurd wit and true feeling that it's impossible not to cheer for his unlikely hero." Allison Lynn, People Magazine
"...compelling and fascinating ... a tour de force. ... From the beer-soaked Bacchanalian tailgating to the black holes of despair into which Iggles fans plunge themselves after a defeat, Quick is dead-on." Bill Lyon, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"...charming debut novel...it is hard not to be moved by the fate of a man who, despite many ordeals, tries to believe in hope and fidelity, not to mention getting through another day with his sanity intact." Stephen Barbara, The Wall Street Journal
"...endearing...touching and funny debut...Pat [Peoples] is as sweet as a puppy, and his offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser." Publishers Weekly
“Matthew Quick has created quite the heartbreaker of a novel in The Silver Linings Playbook.” Kirkus First Fiction Issue
“heart-warming, humorous, and soul-satisfying … thought of starting off the review with a photo of me hugging the book and grinning like an idiot–I liked it that much.” Nancy Pearl, Pearl’s Picks + NPR’s ‘Summer’s Best Books’ (2009)
“You don’t have to be a Philadelphia Eagles’ fan (or even from Philadelphia) to appreciate talented newcomer Matthew Quick’s page-turning paean to the power of hope over experience—the belief that this will all work out somehow, despite the long odds that life deals us. ” Justin Cronin, PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author of The Passage
“More than a promising debut or an inspiring love story, this novel offers us the gift of healing.” Roland Merullo, author of Breakfast With Buddha
“This is a funny, touching performance on the part of Mr. Quick—and the beginning, I hope, of a big career.” Dave King, author of The Ha-Ha
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More importantly, the movie motivated me to read the book.
Written in first person, author Matthew Quick draws you right in with the main character, Pat Peoples, and describes effectively the illness he faces. Peoples is diagnosed as bi-polar and the author stays true to the character in how he presents the story in every aspect.
What struck me as I read along were the vast differences in the way some of the characters were shown on the big screen compared to the book. Pat Peoples is trying to make his way back into the world after spending time in a mental facility. He is embraced by his mother but shunned by his father in the book. The movie presents Pat’s dad as caring, dedicated and loving.
There are other examples of extremes between the two that will eventually make you appreciate how the author presents his story. I won’t delve into this for fear of killing the wonderful surprises that arise in the movie and the book.
There are some similarities though with the two in the plot. But there weren’t enough of them to convince me that the movie stayed true to Quick’s novel.
The bottom line is this — you would be cheating yourself if you only saw it on the big screen. And you need to be patient with the book version. At first, I had the notion that the movie had done a better job in telling the story.
It took a while for Quick to reach deeper into the depth of the characters. This is the selling point of the book. Quick does a terrific job in letting the characters play off of each other in some funny and dire circumstances. This is present in the movie, too, but not on the scale of the book.
I will not spoil this for you by showing any more examples. You’ll notice how the story Quick wrote is done with strength and courage and truth to what he disease is and how it can manhandle even the strongest person.
What about the ending? The movie version ignores the ending of the book. It’s more Hollywood. Well, it is Hollywood.
The ending in the book version is better.
In fact, it’s perfect.
Quick’s story will inspire you. It will help educate you on what bi-polar is and can do to the individual person, their families, and their lovers. He takes you deep into that dark world and somehow manages to shine a bit of light and hope.
It will help you understand that everyone deserves to be loved, no matter what the struggle one faces.
It will motivate you to read more.
There’s something so magical about a book. It’s a grand feeling sweeping over your soul when you are falling in love with a story and the characters under a lamp at 2 a.m. in the morning.
It feels like this guy wrote this book a bit dumbed down, for the character's voice, because the character is mentally ill. That irritated the crap out of me because mentally ill is not the same as mentally handicapped, which is what it felt like was trying to go for. Either that, or the writer is just not very good. The writing was stilted and kind of slow, and sometimes to wordy. Not eloquent and descriptive wordy, but more like that friend of yours who just won't stop talking and they keep repeating the same thing like four times.
I also feel like the author wrote this book to be a movie. It was as if, he wasn't writing a good novel, but just something that producers could read, option, and turn into a movie. I can't explain it any better than that. The narrator kept saying, "This is the movie of my life" and things like that, and it made it feel as though he only wrote this book in the hopes of getting it made into film.
How I felt about this book can best be summed up by this: I read it on my Kindle, and I got to 90% and put it down to go to sleep, just prior to the big climax (which wasn't all that impressive, and was pretty predictable, since this was basically a rom-com). I didn't pick it back up for three days.
I didn't hate this book. It wasn't terrible. It was, well, just okay.