The Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook

Book - 2008
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A heartwarming New York Times bestselling novel, now a major movie by David O. Russell--nominated for eight Academy Awards (including Best Picture), four Golden Globes, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards!

"Aawww shucks!" NPR's Nancy Pearl said. "I know that's hardly a usual way to begin a book review, but it was my immediate response to finishing Matthew Quick's heartwarming, humorous and soul-satisfying first novel . . . This book makes me smile."

Meet Pat Peoples. 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 him a happy ending--the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years 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 beingpursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he's being haunted by Kenny G!

David O. Russell's adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook features Bradley Cooper ( People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive) in the role of Pat, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, and Jacki Weaver. As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: "Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut."

Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374533571
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 22 cm


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JCLEmilyD Mar 21, 2018

Written from the perspective of Pat Peoples, this endearing story is Pat's journey back into society and reconnecting with his family after spending 5 years in a mental health institution.

May 06, 2016

19/12 - Pat's way of thinking reminds me, quite a bit, of the main character in There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes, which was set in the mental institution rather than after the character's release from it.

The fact that Pat constantly gives the return of Nikki as the reason for him practicing 'being nice rather than right' is disappointing and a bit foreboding. I foresee the revelation of where Nikki is and what she's really been doing all these years as being something that could completely reverse Pat's attitude on silver linings and bring out his more violent tendencies. If he has no other reason for becoming a nicer, better person and then suddenly loses that one reason (as I believe he's about to), what reason will he have to continue to be a nice person (at least on the outside, he's not particularly nice internally, it's just a front he's putting on in his attempt to get Nikki back)? I think that one of the main 'secrets' that his family and friends have been keeping from him will turn out to be that Nikki has divorced him in his absence and remarried. When Pat finally works this out I imagine there's going to be some kind of nuclear explosion that will land him back in 'the bad place'.

I'm not sure I understand how Pat can be so oblivious to the time that has passed while he was in 'the bad place', even if there weren't any calendars to help tell the months apart and they weren't showing the news (probably so the bad news didn't upset the more fragile patients), unless he had to be kept sedated in order to keep him calm and that made time pass without Pat even noticing. That would be an awful thing to find out - coming out of a mental institution thinking you've been gone a few months only to eventually find out that you've lost nearly four years of your life - it sounds like some kind of mental institution-themed horror movie. To be continued...

21/12 - On page 138 - I wonder what could be in the 'Pat box' that could upset Pat so much... Could it be divorce papers signed by his mother in his mental and physical absence? To be continued...


23/12 - Alright, so the divorce papers weren't in the 'Pat box', but I correctly picked that they existed at all. I was also pretty sure about the identity of the author of the letters Tiffany was giving to Pat due to the amount of compliments 'Nikki' was paying to Tiffany. I didn't think it rang true that Nikki, who hadn't previously been acquainted with Tiffany, would become quite so friendly with Tiffany simply through phone calls revolving around dictated letters to and from Pat.

I'm not sure that I could have forgiven Tiffany if I was in Pat's shoes. All the lies and sneaky tricks she pulled on Pat, that would permanently mar any relationship I'd had with this supposed friend. I may have been able to continue being in contact with them, but I don't think I'd ever be able to fully trust them again, especially not when it comes to a romantic relationship.

Now that I've read this I have more of a desire to see the movie. I thought this was 'above average', 3.5 stars nearing 4 and I'm feeling generous so I've marked it as 4. Considering that rating I don't know exactly why it (out of all the books published every year) was chosen to be turned into a movie. I look forward to seeing the movie in order to compare the two and see what led to so many nominations for the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

Nicole_R Oct 03, 2014

This was a fantastic read. I loved the movie, and as usual the book was even better.

Mar 30, 2014

“Silver Linings Playbook” follows Pat, a former mental hospital patient. Once his mother manages to help him out of the hospital, Pat vows to do all that he can in order to win back his wife, Nikki. Along the way, Pat befriends an odd woman named Tiffany, who says that if Pat helps her with a dance routine, she will relay messages between him and his wife. With such an offer, Pat agrees to help Tiffany, and the two embark on a humorous and enlightening adventure.
“Silver Linings Playbook” is one of the author of this review’s favourite novels. It is incredibly interesting, with witty dialogue and marvelous, well thought out characters. Each character is likeable, and no one is a ‘photocopy’ of another. The plot is driven, and there are no slow parts. “Silver Linings Playbook” is an incredible read, and is highly recommended by the author of this review.
This novel would be alright as a last resort to use for an essay or ‘book talk’. If you look hard enough, you can find some hidden meanings, but you will have to look very, very hard. “Silver Linings Playbook” would be better off as being read as an inspirational pleasure read, opposed to a hard-core essay book. Due to strong language, the author of this review suggests “Silver Linings Playbook” for people ages fourteen and up. Despite this, this novel is highly recommended for anyone who is looking for a funny and lovable pick-me-up book.

Nov 13, 2013

I thought the movie was amazing and was stunned that even though the movie is different than the book it still captured all of the poignancy. Fantastic!

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: This was so good, I read it in 2 days. I wanted to read it because I liked the movie and felt the first person narrative would be effective. It was indeed and of course better than the movie!

Jul 01, 2013

I hate that I knew about the movie first, and that I could only picture the cast actors as the characters in my mind even though I hadn't watched the movie. But overall, I liked the book.

Jun 26, 2013

Just wanted to read the story before I watch the film; which I understand is very good as well.
You feel as though you can sympathize with the protagonist whose dealing with depression and his dysfunctional family. You almost feel as if you understand why he was so susceptible to becoming depressed when you realize what he had to go through with his family. Good Read.

Jun 18, 2013

Quirky is a good word to describe this book. So is fun. Slow and different going into it. But the story showed real heart and was unbelievably believable. A light easy read.

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Apr 13, 2017

“If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying.”

Apr 13, 2017

“I don't want to stay in the bad place, where no one believes in silver linings or love or happy endings.”


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