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Matthew Quick
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25 Oct 2012

Pat Peoples knows that life doesn't always go according to plan, but he's determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining. Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki.

Pat's parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they've been keeping from him threaten to come out . . .

The Silver Linings Playbook is a touching and very funny novel, from the author of The Good Luck of Right Now.

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  • Paperback: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Film tie-in ed edition (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447219899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447219897
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (493 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A delightful debut . . . a smart, touching, quirky read.’ Scotland on Sunday

‘Utterly original and a real word-of-mouth classic’ Easy Living


'A delightful debut... laugh-out-loud... a smart, touching, quirky read.'
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming, amusing, painful and unforgettable 16 Nov 2008
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When I first started reading this book, I didn't quite know what to make of it, particularly the narrator, Pat - I found myself getting slightly irritated with him. But his sweetness and innocence grew on me, and I realised after the first chapter that I was turning the pages with my fingers crossed for him.

The story begins with Pat leaving a mental institution and trying to return to normal life, into a family which has been devastated by his incarceration. He is desperate, with a childish simplicity by turns endearing and exasperating, to get back with his ex wife, Nikki and his whole life focuses on this. But why did they really split up? And where did Pat's mental problems begin? What is the real problem with Tiffany, his new friend with her own mental and emotional difficulties?

This book is easy to read: it's very simply written, yet the matters it deals with are complex. At times I was laughing out loud, at others I had tears in my eyes. The author takes away the stigma of mental illness and you warm to his characters. While Pat is the narrator, his friends and family have their own smaller story to tell about what happened and how it has affected them. You come away from the book feeling slightly better for having known them, and for those with limited experience, perhaps a little more perception of mental illness. I look forward to reading another by this perceptive and gentle author.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...possibly the best book I've read this year. 1 Nov 2008
By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Pat Peoples is just out of `the Bad Place' - an institution where he's been for the past four years after a massive breakdown. He believes his life is a movie written and directed by God. He has a terror of Kenny G who haunts him in the night. He's lost his life and his home, and only lives to build the perfect body so he can win back his beloved wife, Nikki.

Pat is so angsty and damaged and utterly adorable. He knows he `screwed up' before with his rages and selfish demands. Now he only wants to 'practice kindness' as he moves through his small world, making friends wherever he goes - with his mom and his football-crazy brothers, with his analyst Cliff and his friends, the equally football-crazy, all-Indian, Asian Invasion Bus. Even with his sister-in-law, the deranged Tiffany, who, it seems, everyone thinks would be the perfect partner for him.

Hilariously funny, touching, delightful and heart-breaking, and possibly the best book I've read this year.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 9 Nov 2008
By Arheddis Varkenjaab TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I really enjoyed this book. Although it's fairly apparent what the plot is going to be pretty much from the first page, it's written in such an engaging style with such likable and believable characters you get drawn in to the story.

The story follows the recovery of Pat, who is suffering from mental health problems following the breakdown of his marriage. The breakdown has transformed Pat, and despite his problems (including a perfectly understandable aversion to singer Kenny G) he is recovering. The story contrasts the slightly immoral personalities of the 'sane' people in his life with the higher physical and mental standards Pat now feels he has to attain and maintain in order to win back his wife. That makes it sound rather worthy and heavy going, but it's a very funny book and light and easy reading while at the same time managing to ask that old question 'what does sanity actually mean?'

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should believe in silver linings ... 26 Oct 2008
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I could not put this book down!

Pat is struggling with mental health issues. He has just left hospital and is trying to get his life sorted. He is estranged from his wife Nikki and all that spurs him on is the belief that his life is like a movie. Pat believes in silver linings. He is working hard to improve himself so that he will be rewarded by the return of his wife so that they can live out their happy ending.

This is an extremely well written book. Quick has captured Pat's struggle with mental disorder in the text and the reader can't help but feels his pain and root for him throughout. It is a very well thought out story with excellent characters and a great plot. I really can't think of a single fault, except perhaps that I would love to know what happens next!

Very highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars only for Americans? 7 Jun 2013
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too much football, for this reader at least
falsely titillating on Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter' & a spoiler for Gatsby
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3.0 out of 5 stars Preferred the film, something I rarely say 17 Jan 2013
By R. A. Davison TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I went to see the film adaptation of this novel last month, absolutely loved it and then the friend I went with went on to buy me the book.

The book and the film are very similar, protagonist Pat has been in a psychiatric facility for some time when his mother calls time on it and checks him out. Post-breakdown Pat has a new philosophy : he is determined to look for silver linings and happy endings and he's going to turn himself into the perfect husband to his wife Nikki. The thing is, Nikki is nowhere to be seen, there's more than one restraining order in place, and what exactly happened to send Pat to "the bad place" is never spoken of. Living not quite in-step with reality, Pat strikes up a friendship with the equally damaged Tiffany.

The film of this book made me howl with laughter and was really popular with the audience I was in, and the film has been true to the book in the sense that it recreates some of the books best moments like "the Hemingway scene". This is however among some of the rare cases where film beats book, the book gets dragged down by the sporting side of the narrative, players and scores etc, in a way that the film doesn't, and is so well acted that it is easier to take the characters into your heart.

The differences towards the end give the book the edge in terms of realism, and particularly Pat's struggle with the concept of time is left out of the film presumably because it would be hard to express visually, but adds weight to the extent of his delusion in the book yet ultimately for me the heartwarming humorous film is a 10/10 but the book is only a 7.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book. Saw the film afterwards and it was a disappointment.
Published 17 hours ago by Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, easy read
I very much enjoyed this book. It was amusing and easy to read. It dealt with the issue of mental illness in a funny way.
Published 13 days ago by Cornish Mummy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were so well written. I was so disappointed with the film, hard to tell it was the same story.
I would reccommend it to everyone.
Published 17 days ago by blossomchops
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the film!
I've always been the type of person who watches films compared to reading books. But after I got my Kindle HDX I promised to try harder with my reading. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Katie Mitchell
1.0 out of 5 stars really??
I don't get what everyone was raving about! This book just annoyed me and I only read it because I don't like leaving books unfinished.... I was tempted several times though..... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Renuka Venkatraman
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Very easy to read and I enjoyed the story, I read this booked after watching the film. Read more
Published 25 days ago by MCG7
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good
I bought this as a preset for a friend after i had already read it and really enjoyed it. She too really enjoyed it because the style of the writing is amazing.
Published 1 month ago by humaira
4.0 out of 5 stars The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
It's hard to write a review for this playbook.

I loved the film and tend to buy the book IF I have enjoyed it on the big screen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karrie D
5.0 out of 5 stars yup
Good delivery time, great service and good item. High quality, simple. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a good and simple read but also one that is touching
Published 1 month ago by Natacha
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book but very different from the film
I read this book hoping it would be a more detailed version of the film which is one of my all time favourite movies, However this book is one of those rare few which are actually... Read more
Published 1 month ago by megan
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