The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick




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.”


I read this for an assignment, which unfortunately made it less enjoyable than it could have been. However, I had been meaning to read it for a long time anyway (since I wanted to read it before watching the movie, and I really loved Quick’s recent release,Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.

There was nothing I really found WRONG with this book. It portrayed a mentally ill protagonist in such a raw, realistic way. It made him seem approachable rather than someone to fear. I think it’s important for everyone to read books like this so they can learn to appreciate their lives and become more understanding of those around them.

Everyone has their faults. There are so many intricate relationships in this book, from family to friends to romantic interests to acquaintances and strangers. I predicted a major action early on, but the eventual reveal did not detract from the story at all. I wound up feeling warm, fuzzy, and hopeful by the end.

I loved seeing how closely people bond through sport. Teams in my area have only recently started winning again, and I can already see the ensuing mania unfold. It’s fantastic. Although I don’t know much about football, it was great seeing how sports could lead to character development and interactions, and serve as turning points in the novel.

I really liked The Silver Linings Playbook, and I can imagine how great the film must be, but it probably won’t leave a lasting impression in my mind.

Related Reading

  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick
  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods – Gavin Extence
  • OCD Love Story – Corey Ann Haydu
  • 4 to 16 Characters – Kelly Hourihan
  • (Not books, but movies:) The Silver Linings Playbook (2012) & A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Rating: 4/5


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