Title: Silver Linings Playbook
Author: Matthew Quick
Length: 289 pages
Genre: General Fiction
Why I read it: Book Club Pick
What it’s About: Pat has just gotten out of a mental health facility, and he believes that if he gets physically fit, and strives to be kind instead of right, and reads all of his wife’s favorite books, she will com back to him. Meanwhile, his dad is distant with him, he’s starting a friendship with Tiffany, and his football buddies think he’s a good luck charm for the Eagles.
The Good: Pat was sweet, even if a little naive. I think he was my favorite character. I wanted everything to go well for him, not because I felt sorry for him or because I didn’t think he could handle bad things, but because he truly deserved some good in his life. Doesn’t everybody?
The Bad: I hated how everyone treated Pat like a child. Except his dad, who didn’t talk to him. I also disliked Tiffany. Not because of her personality, but because of what she did to Pat. Here you have a guy who didn’t realize he was in a mental health facility for four years, and he wholeheartedly believes his wife will com back to him, and Tiffany uses that to get him to do something he doesn’t really want to do. She did eventually tell him the truth, and at least she gave him a straight answer about his wife when no one else would, but she went about it the wrong way.
Final Thoughts: I didn’t like this book, but I didn’t hate it. It wasn’t captivating, but it wasn’t so bad I didn’t want to finish it. It was a short read, but it was repetitive. It had its good pooints that made me laugh, but is also had its bad points where I was bored.