Book Review – The Silver Linings Playbook

by Matthew Quick (Picador) ISBN 9781447219897

Meet Pat Peoples.

Pat is having a rough time. He’s just been released from a mental institution. He has to move in with his parents when he is in his 30s, he is separated from his wife, and he does not remember what has happened in the last few years of his life, including what caused his breakdown.

Pat has only one goal: to be reunited with his wife Nikki because he thinks it was his fault that they are going through ‘apart time’. This leads him to do self-improvement activities such as obsessively exercising and practising the art of being ‘kind instead of right’.

Then his friend’s sister-in-law, Tiffany is introduced to him, which leads to Pat becoming a dancer, getting a friend, and discovering the truth.

This well-written book has been made into a film with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as the two main characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this thought-provoking read.

Amanda Blankfield

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Posted on: 26th December 2012