The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

The Silver Linings PlaybookThe Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Life is hard, Pat, and children have to be told how hard life can be.”
“Why?”
“So they will be sympathetic to others. So they will understand that some people have it harder than they do and that a trip through this world can be a wildly different experience, depending on what chemicals are raging through one’s mind.”

The Silver Linings Playbook Review
What I have for this book is an applause. A loud one, too.

The Silver Linings Playbook introduces us to a mentally deranged adult, Pat Peoples, who, after an experience at a rehabilitation, believes in a reconciliation shortly with his wife, Nikki. Hence the work-outs and running with an odd, also mentally deranged, Tiffany, and practicing being kind rather than right as a change. But where was Nikki when he was in the rehabilitation? Still believing in silver linings, Pat pushes himself for the end of this “apart time” through a series of NFL games, therapy sessions, dancing and depressing moments.

What I liked about this book were a lot of things. First of all, the storyline was pretty great. It was very different. Now, most adult books, if I’m not mistaken, would talk about love and sex and love and sex, but this one would not go into that road. No. It would mostly go through the thoughts of Pat Peoples, his weird moments with Tiffany, a series of NFL games, and a handful of heartbreaking events. Next, I liked Pat, as well as the other characters. I liked he would change and that this change transformed him, how he believed in silver linings and happy endings, and how he was very aimed toward his goals. And the way most people treated him eventually — like he wasn’t from a mental hospital and like he was just the same old Pat who was an Eagles fan — that was very impressive (although they had some precautions at first, but still). It didn’t lead to Pat talking about hating people — which I’m very sick of — but it led to people who supported him. Third, the atmosphere and theme was really fitting — a series of optimistic events coated on depressing ones, until that skin wore off as time passed and only showed the hopeless ones, and a hint of spark. The idea that I was in Pat’s mind gave me a really different perspective, and like the quote, I understood him. Lastly, the ending. It was so sad and realistic that I liked it: you can’t look for a silver lining that doesn’t even exist in the first place, but you can make one with the right person.

Now, I know I really liked this book very much based from the above reasons, but just to point out the only thing I didn’t like: I didn’t like how I couldn’t relate with some parts, particularly the ones with the NFL games. I mean, it was okay that Pat was in scenarios about NFL games and cheering over Eagles, but when it started making references I didn’t quite get — those were the times I felt sleepy. It would have been better [for me] if the book talked about how Pat went to the games and had a few references (such as Baskett) here and there with provided information, but I think this one overused references as if I knew them. Nonetheless, this over usage of references only happened from time to time, so I still loved this book.

All in all, going through Pat’s life was sympathetic and entertaining not necessarily in a way of sadism, but in a way of empathy through making one’s silver lining.

Recommended for anyone at all (and also Eagles fans).

4.5/5

P.S. When I rate books with a .5, I don’t really estimate it; I rate it to what I feel like it. For example, I rated a book with 1.5 (at my review) and I gave it a 1 as a rating.

*The song Cinderblock Garden by All Time Low reminds me of this too!

* * * UPDATE * * *
A Short The Silver Linings Playbook Movie Review

What. The. Fuck.
The movie was good on its own but
What. The. Actual. Fuck.

SERIOUSLY?

I have too much to point out disloyalties from the movie to the book that left me totally frustrated so I’ll keep this as short as possible.

First of all, who the fuck is Ronnie? WHAT THE HELL.

And what the hell is wrong with the characters? THEY’RE NOT THE SAME. The dad. Jake. Cliff. Ronnie. EMILY!!!!!!!

The whole storyline too. Most were loyal to the book, I gotta say. But a lot of scenes were different and major enough that I can tell that they changed the whole storyline! (view spoiler)

And the ending? Oh my God.
– Why the fuck was Nikki there?
– And if Nikki were in the book, he would’t have had such a short conversation with her. HE WAS DESPERATE FOR HER.
– Now Pat and Tiffany lives happily ever after. No. In the book, it was a blurry ending — which was great, since we get to choose what happens to them.

Again, the movie was good on its own, BUT I’M SO MAD THAT THE BOOK AND MOVIE WERE SO DIFFERENT.

P.S. Pat was at the rehab for YEARS, not MONTHS. I thought that the movie would eventually point out that this “months” was one of the lies that the his parents say to protect him, but in the movie, he was really gone only for months. JEEZ.

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