The Silver Linings Playbook Review



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. As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: “Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut.”

My Silver Linings Timeline:

December 2012: Watched the film, “Silver Linings Playbook” in Michigan theater with my husband.  Raved about it for weeks.

January 2013: Discovered the film was based on a book when I entered a Barnes and Noble and purchased the book.

June 10, 2013: Finally read the novel while on vacation – completed the book in one day.

June 16, 2013:  Watch “The Silver Linings Playbook” On Demand.

June 17, 2013: Order DVD copy of “The Silver Linings Playbook” from Amazon (Shhh, don’t tell my husband)

Pros of Seeing a Movie Before Reading the Book:

  • You can picture the setting and the characters much easier in your head.  Let’s face it, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are certainly easy on the eyes, so this was definitely not a problem.
  • You don’t have to worry about someone spoiling the book by giving away the ending, which is my #2 pet peeve of all time.  I have the rage of 1,000 suns in me when people tell the endings of books/TV shows/movies.tumblr_inline_moizjggPka1qz4rgp You already have a good idea as to what is going to happen, and sometimes you’re given a gift when the director/producer/whoever the hell decides these things may change the ending or tweak a character or two.

Cons of Seeing the Movie Before Reading the Book:

  • You hate the actors who play certain roles in the movie and you cannot get them out of your head as you’re reading the book.
  • The director/producer/whoever the hell decides these things choose to make the WRONG changes to the ending or tweak a character into a horrible mess.



I cannot tell you why I didn’t begin reading the book Silver Linings Playbook right after I purchased it; it certainly wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy the movie, I mean there’s a reason why I purchased the book.  I do live by the adage that the book is ALWAYS better than the movie – ergo the book was bound to be a masterpiece.


But as life and cooked spaghetti does, things changed directions in an unexpected way and other reading materials popped up in my radar, and the novel was placed on a shelf to be read at an undisclosed date.  It happens all the time; I really am quite loose when it comes to giving my literary attention away.


The overall message of both the book and the movie are clear and universally hopeful.


A student asked me why do I always choose books that “rip people’s hearts out.”  The truth is that books, good books reflect the human condition and suffering is often part of that.  However, Matthew Quick found an eloquent way of explaining the need for exposure to pain and strife:


I stick to my mantra and the book was indeed superior to the film equivalent.  I will indeed reread the book, I will rewatch the film, as they both enhance one another, which is a rarity amongst the two formats of storytelling.

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