When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy. Then, Pat meets clinically depressed widow Tiffany, who offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife - provided he agrees to a secret contract that includes giving up football and performing in the next Dance Away Depression competition.
©2008 Matthew Quick; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio
"This offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser." (Publishers Weekly)
How dedicated Pats mom was to his recovery.
He allows me to hear the monotonous tone of a depressed person going through the motions.
Nikki come back.
This book was rather depressing.
Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.
Positive beats Negative
I love the story because I have a mental illness and I loved the concept of Pat and Tiffany being able to balance each other out.
The part where pat lays next to Tiffany and says to her: i sort of need you too.
How to eliminate a negative and destructive bomb.
The telling of the story is the heart of this book. You live this book.
His voice. He makes it real.
I have to admit that I chose this book only because it is narrated by Ray Porter - an actor I know from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I'm not sure whether, if I had read this book rather than listened to Ray narrate it, I would have liked it as well. There's no way to know, but I can say that his voice brought it alive for me. I'm a fan of romantic comedy anyway, and this had all of the attributes I look for. It's funny in places, poignant in others, but never heavy-handed. I found myself really caring about the quirky characters. Not profound, but touching.
Lifetime lover of fiction!
I may be the last person in America who has not seen this movie yet, nor did I know what it was about, so I went in completely fresh with this book. I really enjoyed this story alot and now I'm eager to see Hollywood's on screen interpretation, although I'm positive that the book outshines the movie in the detail it gives and character development. Watching it will purely be for entertainment value...I mean Bradley Cooper...hello?!! Great narration on this audiobook too.
Mom, full time job, long commute. Love audio books!
The plot points were so entirely reworked for the movie. I admit I was a bit distracted by it, but I still enjoyed the book. I thought I'd get more insight into bipolar disorder but instead just enjoyed this for the story.
Most definitely. The story is better than the movie as usual.
If you are listening to audio books chances are you don't have time to sit around reading books. You surely don't have time to sit around listening to books that bore your. This book will not bore you. I saw the movie first and as anyone may assume some things are different. However the differences are the strengths of the book. Take the time and give it a listen. You won't regret it.
I really enjoyed this audible. I bought it because I had seen the movie and loved this book. The narration fit with my impression of the character.
First by him and this one was great.
I would not rename it. The title is suitable.
This book was warm and fuzzy without really meaning to be. It expanded my consciousness about how mental illness can manifest within each of us. We're all a little crazy!
Anyone who has ever struggled to fight their own demons, or who has found themselves wrongly marginalized based on faulty assumptions, will be able to relate to this lovely story and the strong characters in it.
Ray Porter's narration is pitch perfect, and the writing isn't bad either - great character studies. Recommended!
The film does not do this book justice.
This was one of the best books I have ever listened to. The story was amazing!
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