Mental Health Monday: The Silver Linings Playbook

Posted 4 November, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Mental Health Monday: The Silver Linings PlaybookThe Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Published by Ottawa Books on April 27th 2010
Pages: 249

Meet Pat Peoples. 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 him a happy ending—the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years 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 haunted by Kenny G! The former high school history teacher has just been released from a mental institution and placed in the care of his mother. Not one to be discouraged, Pat believes he has only been on the inside for a few months––rather than four years––and plans on reconciling with his estranged wife. Refusing to accept that their apart time is actually a permanent separation, Pat spends his days and nights feverishly trying to become the man she had always desired. Our hapless hero makes a friend in Tiffany, the mentally unstable, widowed sister-in-law of his best friend, Ronnie. Each day as Pat heads out for his 10-mile run, Tiffany silently trails him, refusing to be shaken off by the object of her affection. The odd pair try to navigate a timid friendship, but as Pat is unable to discern friend from foe and reality from deranged optimism, every day proves to be a cringe-worthy adventure.

The Silver Linings Playbook is beautiful. 

I wanted to do a book/movie review, but as it seems I will never get around to watching the movie that will just have to wait. NaNoWriMo looms.

It reads a bit like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time but it’s not like that. This book is about the love of family and friends and what it takes to deal with mental illness or brain-damage.. and what that means to those people suffering from such afflictions. 

I read a review that stated ‘This book ruins the endings to classic literature.” This should not be taken into account when deciding to read this. I almost didn’t read this because of that review! The protagonist briefly discusses The Scarlett Letter, The Bell Jar, and Catcher in the Rye. Don’t let that be the reason you don’t read this!


April @ The Steadfast Reader


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