The Silver Linings Playbook (Review)

The Silver Linings Playbook (Review)
Hi there!
When I said I had been reading  a lot, I really did mean it! Don’t worry – Saturday’s post is still about books, but it is a break from all the reviews you have been reading lately. Bear with me 😀

Title: TheSilver Linings Playbook
Author:  Matthew Quick
Publisher:  Picador (Pan Macmillian)
Published Date:  2008
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis: 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.
Review: I honestly don’t know where to start with this
book. I loved it from the first page, even when we didn’t really know the
characters yet and what was going on. I think this is probably because of the style
of writing. Matthew Quick manages to take you right into the world of someone
who has a mental illness, and he manages to do it through the writing alone.
Don’t even ask me how.
Then we have the characters who we love. There’s Pat’s
mother who is trying to hold her family together and is struggling terribly.
Not only is she dealing with her mentally unstable son, but her husband’s mood
swings are huge and are all pegged on whether his team wins the next football
match or not. We have Tiffany, someone who seems to be a little on the crazy
side but might not be as well, and has been struggling through a great
depression and is trying to pull her way out of it. There’s Nikki, who has is
glorified in Pat’s eyes and we constantly hear about in the novel. And lastly
Pat, someone who believes life is a movie with silver linings, and if he works
hard enough, he will find his own. Someone who has undeniable hope in everyone
and everything, and yet can’t stand a single tune of Kenny G music. I loved his
character the most.
Pat and his belief in silver linings was just
like this quote!
The novel was also written in a clever way. There was
something hidden from us in every chapter, and we never got to know what it is
until the very end. I won’t tell you what it is, because duh, it would be
spoilers. But when I read it I will tell you my emotions were in overdrive and
I was even reading as I walked down the stairs and hallway to my locker after
school, simply because I needed to know what was going to happen next. It was
riveting, and I loved it.
Football does seem to take up a lot of the novel, and I
thought I was going to hate it because I’m not really into all that stuff. But
in the end it turned out to be pretty okay, and I didn’t really mind it. There
is some mention of literature at the beginning, which I loved, and also mention
of dancing towards the end, which I also loved because well, I love watching
dances.
I don’t really know what else to say about the book
except that it is definitely something you should be reading! The movie looks
like it would be good, and I love Jennifer Lawrence’s acting, so I am looking
forward to it.
Oh and about the book – did I mention I loved it?
Olivia’s Question: Do you support a certain team in a
sport?

Olivia-Savannah x


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