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.

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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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