Matthew Quick, Uncategorized

Book Review – THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK BY MATTHEW QUICK

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I read this book because I used to love the Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence. She even won an Oscar for this book to movie adaptation. As the general rule goes in every bibliophile’s life, I expected the book to be better than the movie and I was right.

STUFF ON THE BACK COVER SAYS

Meet Pat Peoples and his theory – that his life is actually a movie produced by God. And Pat’s God-given mission in life is to become fit and kind. Then God will ensure a happy ending which, for Pat, means the return of his estranged wife Nikki.

PLOT IN SHORT

Pat is a teacher with a mental health issue who spends years in a mental institution to get better. He feels every story has a silver lining, even his, in-spite of everyone refusing to talk about his wife. After blocking out all the memories of the reason for his separation from his wife, he keeps believing that if he improves his behaviour with therapy, his wife will come back to him. This is how Pat, who hates Kenny G and loves the Philadelphia Eagles, find himself great therapist and friend in Dr Cliff Patel. Then Tiffany, a woman with clinical depression and a passion for fitness and dance enters Pats life.

Their initial awkward encounters lead into a gently blooming friendship. The strange Tiffany slowly falls in love with Pat and tries to win him over through a sly plan. The plan fails miserably and Pat and Tiffany have a fall out. Finally Pat finds out about the true circumstances of his separation. He learns about his divorce and sees that his ex-wife has already moved on with children of her own.The book ends with a ‘happy ending’ for Pat and Tiffany.

THE GOOD

  • Not a run of the mill rom – com
  • Endearing characters
  • ‘Feel good’ kinda story

THE BAD

  • Too much football talk
  • The ending of a few classics has been discussed thus spoiling them for the people who are yet to read them

MY THOUGHTS

Over all a good book. The language is fairly simple as expected from the narrator. This is one of those books that will have you rooting for the protagonist and leave you happy by the end of it. Even non readers can give this one a try.

MY RATINGS

4/5

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