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An enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G.

The Silver Linings Playbook is the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with the magnitude of his wife's betrayal.

During the years he spends in a neural health facility, Pat Peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

When Pat meets the tragically widowed and clinically depressed Tiffany, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, if only he will give up watching football, agree to perform in this year's Dance Away Depression competition, and promise not to tell anyone about their "contract." All the while, Pat keeps searching for his silver lining.
In this brilliantly written debut novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat's mind, deftly showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. The result is a touching and funny story that helps us look at both depression and love in a wonderfully refreshing way.

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The Silver Linings Playbook
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4.3 / 5
I think I liked to move better.... :O
May 3rd, 2016
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story and loved the context of what the author was portraying. However I felt the movie added more to it. *Shocked Gasp* Yes, I thought a movie was better than the book. I will definitely revisit this one but it's not one of my most cherished.
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1 review
Excellent!
November 1st, 2015
Very sensitively handled topic, extremely well written, with well developed characters provided a true understanding of the subject from both the stand point of the individual suffering from the problem, but of those close to him/her. Despite the hardship's dealt with, the story was both positive and uplifting, leaving much hope.
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1 review
So good
September 25th, 2015
Watched the movie a couple years back. It's better than the movie. A light and easy read when you aren't sure what to read.
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1 review
Great book
May 13th, 2015
Great book. Liked the book better than the movie, just like any book that gets it's shot at the big screen. Highly recommend it.
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1 review
Good character study
July 28th, 2014
Well written and insightful look into the life of an interesting character. Easy quick read too.
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Silver Linings Playbook
June 27th, 2014
Seriously one of the best books I have ever read!
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Thee silver linings playbook
April 8th, 2014
Tender and with insight
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1 review
Different yet delightful read
February 18th, 2014
I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed the movie and recommend both. I love comparing books to movies and most of the time (if not all the time) the books tend to be better. I must admit that this book and the movie adaptation were very different so they were both equally good in their own right. The one thing I was really pleased about was that the movie stayed true to Pat and Tiffany's quirks/personality. Since I saw the movie first, I think Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence still made the perfect Pat and Tiffany in the book. Just a recommendation to those who have not seen the movie or read the book...I recommend you read the book first because key sequences in the book are switched up in the movie. But both are still different enough to give you that element of surprise regardless of which work you looked at first.
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1 review
January 25th, 2014
I found this book did not live up to the things I had heard about it. I found that there was not much depth explored with many of the characters. It was entertaining enough for me to read the whole thing but not necessarily something I would recommend to anyone else.
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January 24th, 2014
A fantastic read! The narrators voice alone was enough to make it a worthwhile read, the heart wrenching story, complex characters, perfectly paced plot, and touching moments were just a bonus!
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The Silver Linings Playbook
January 11th, 2014
I love the first person and direct, conversational writing style. The "montage" and the way it was woven into the "my life as a movie" theme was clever. Lost some sleep reading, but it was worth it. I finished the book still cheering for him to regain his full cognitive and emotional functioning.
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October 4th, 2013
Very well written and descriptive. Not too wordy or long./
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Silver Linings Playbook
August 16th, 2013
Loved it! Recommend it to all my fellow counseling peeps. Good depiction of the impact of mental illness on a family.
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Excellent
June 4th, 2013
Wow....a million x's better then the movie.
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Better than the movie!
June 4th, 2013
Nothing like the movie, 10 times better. Loved it!
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Nothing like the movie
May 15th, 2013
The movie did NOT do this book justice at all. Such an amazing read
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A Beautiful Novel
May 3rd, 2013
A great novel for anyone interested in the theme of soul-searching.
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1 review
Well done
April 24th, 2013
Very enjoyable and hard to put down.
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1 review
Enjoyed it
April 20th, 2013
Read it in 3 days. Liked it!
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Excellent
April 18th, 2013
Awesome both the book and the movie
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I liked it!
April 4th, 2013
An easy read with depth and several moments which spawned self-reflection. Now I'm looking forward to seeing Jennifer Lawrence earn her Oscar.
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The True Silver Lining.
March 16th, 2013
This book is a truly touching must read! The real silver lining in this book is how much better you feel when you finish reading it. Pat's story is so moving and you instantly connect with him and wish or the best. I would definitely recommend this book, as I have just finished it for the second time. Just a warning: the recent film strays far from the original book. I would recommend reading the book first just o get a better background on the characters.
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Silver linings indeed
March 7th, 2013
I was tired of reading depressing books with sadness and crime-- This book really warms your heart. Also very insightful and empathetic to people with mental illness.
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The Silver Linings Playbook- A Novel
March 6th, 2013
What a wonderful book. I could hardly put it down. Looking forward to seeing the movie!!
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Silver Linings Playbook
February 28th, 2013
Kudos to Matthew Quick for this quick paced funny, sad honesty look into the life of a dysfunctional family a persons fight to regain some sense of closure and mental health. Great cast of characters. Matthew Quick brings each person into a very human realistic life including Cliff the therapist. Excellent novel.
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Different
February 26th, 2013
I really found this book difficult to read and didn't enjoy the read or story. Know it is a movie, and possibly would enjoy the movie more than the book.
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Easy read.
February 16th, 2013
Now I really want to see this movie! Great book!
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The Silver Linings Playbook
February 11th, 2013
It is a shame that Matthew Quick didn't delve further into the relationship of the father and son. We don't get to know anything about the father other than his obsession with the Eagles football team. The football parts were rather boring. The book picked up speed with Tiffany's letters. Unfortunately I saw the film first and there is very little connection with the book. As always Hollywood has to change things. I did enjoy the book but the commercial hype of the movie spoiled it.
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Okay.
February 11th, 2013
It was okay. Am a little intrigued. The main character in this movie has been nominated for an Academy Award. Probably won't see the movie.
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An Excellent Fairy Tale!
February 2nd, 2013
I can not stop reading it!. And finished it in just two days.
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The Silver Linings Playbook
January 21st, 2013
Awesome book - couldn't put it down!!
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1 review
Loved it
December 31st, 2012
What an original story told in such an interesting narrative voice.
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