Review: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Silver Linings PlaybookThe Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Read: May 26 – May 27, 2013
Personal read.

Goodreads Book Blurb: 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.

My Opinion: It is really refreshing to see a book that isn’t afraid to tackle various mental health issues head-on. I liked that The Silver Linings Playbook was written in a bit of a diary style so that we could see inside Pat’s head. On the outside, those of us with mental illnesses aren’t that much different, but on the inside it is a whole different story. Quick really highlighted that.

That said, I didn’t love the book. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that The Silver Linings Playbook has a lot to do with sports (football, specifically) and I am not a sports fan at all.

I have seen this book compared to an adult Perks of Being a Wallflower and I can see the resemblances. Maybe that is why I am not a huge fan, because I didn’t love Perks either.

At the end of the day, I found The Silver Linings Playbook to be lackluster. The characters didn’t really shine, and the story was pretty transparent. While I enjoyed that the narrative voice was different to reflect Pat’s mental issues, I wasn’t sold on the book as a whole.

Bottom Line: I want to see the movie version of it, but the book version lacked something to push it from “meh” to “wow” for me.


One thought on “Review: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

  1. I saw this movie and I’ve been wondering about the book for a while. My mom LOVES the movie so I thought I would read the book. Normally, I would read the book well before the movie, but that didn’t happen this time. I’m not sure I want to read it anymore though after reading your review, I figured it would have a lot of sports and not enough of the love aspect.

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