The Silver Linings Playbook


How did I get it?:
It was a present!


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!

In this enchanting novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat’s mind, showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective


Matthew Quick’s debut The Silver Linings Playbook is such an accomplished debut. Reading it, it felt like he had been publishing books for years. I’m not surprised it was made into a film. I can imagine that the film is quite powerful. I look forward to checking it out. Anyway, if you do decide to read The Silver Linings Playbook, I think you’ll find it to be an extremely easy to read book, full of humour, but compassion as well. Obviously, mental health is not something you should make fun of, but I think Matthew Quick gives the reader an accurate representation of people suffering with mental health issues. I also liked how he highlighted how important the family is to those that suffer.

Silver Linings Playbook is told in the first person, from Pat, he tells us his story in a simple, straight-faced voice. Through this, you can tell the issues he has. Pat’s simple way of telling his story make you realise how naïve he is. After spending some time in a mental institution, Pat returns to his parent’s house to live in the basement. Pat’s soul focus is to change himself both physically and mentally to get his wife Nikki to end their ‘apart time’.

Pat strongly believes that life is like a film. He believes that although life can be hard and painful, there is always a silver lining. He believes there is always a happy ending. Whilst reading some classics (another ploy to get Nikki to believe he’s changed) he struggles to understand why these books don’t have a happy ending compared to his idyllic view on life.

Silver Linings Playbook may not be plot heavy, but it subtly tells Pat’s tale. It’s clear that as well as suffering from a mental illness, that Pat is disillusioned. Matthew Quick handles this so carefully and sensitively. It’s entertaining to read, but I never felt like Matthew was making fun of Pat’s situation. I found it completely believable. What made me like this book so much is Pat’s voice. I was rooting for everything to turn out right for him.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it wasn’t a five star read for me. I think the only reason for that was the amount of sport included. I’m by no means a fan of sport, so when those sections kept cropping up, I began to lose a little bit of interest.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I’m so glad I read it before watching the film, as I’ve heard the book is much deeper.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!