Book Review: Matthew Quick – The Silver Linings Playbook

Me and my beautiful wife spent an amazing week on the Island of Skye, and although I had taken a couple of books with me the cottage where we were staying had a small shelf of books.


One of them was The Silver Linings Playbook. I’d heard of the film but but not seen it, and as it looked interesting one very wet and windy day I started to read it. Before I knew it I was 50 pages in, generally a good sign. However, I wasn’t really finding any of the characters particularly likeable, especially Pat, the focus of the book.

The book begins with Pat being released from a psychiatric hospital, a.k.a. ‘The Bad Place’, and into the care of his mother. Pats reason to live is to reconcile with his wife, ending the ‘Apart Time’, to be a better person, get fit and to look for the silver lining. Along the way there is a great deal of American football, his therapist, the grumpy dad, the well meaning brother, along with the mysterious Tiffany.

I finished the book in a couple of days as I really wanted to know what was going on and how it would all end. Despite this I’m not sure if I would recommend it as it was quite dark and depressing in places, and if I’m completely honest I didn’t feel any real empathy with the main characters. If the book hadn’t been on a bookshelf where we were staying I doubt if I would ever have read it.

The book was definitely quirky, almost a rom-com, without the romance and very little to laugh about.

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