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)
I enjoyed this book and thought it was a wonderful portrait of someone with a diagnosed mental illness dealing with the real world and all of the undiagnosed crazy-making things that go on in that world. The movie did a good job with this as well but was able to achieve a more uplifting message in the end.
I love to read... love to listen while I walk my dog, Sally Jo.
This was a wonderful story. Took a mental health situation and made it almost heart-warming. I am glad I read the book before seeing the movie... so much could have been missed since my imagination added much more tio the book.
I am married with 2 boys and live in Midland Texas.
MEANINGFUL, HEART FELT, ENCOURAGING
I really enjoyed how real the 2 main characters are. They have so many negative qualities that most would find almost impossible to look past to find any sort of connection or love. But they are the 2 most perfect human beings in the world that fit together at that one moment in each other's life. Possibly the worst moments in each other's life. The book leaves you with a incredibly warm feeling of peace and resolvement which contrasts the out of control way the 2 characters behave most of the book.
I really enjoyed the feeling in his voice. I truely felt what he was feeling while he read the words.
Pat. His struggle is understandable and relatable to many. His father didn't help his illness at all so I felt pity for him.
I must have gotten the wrong idea from the publisher's quick writeup and review as I got it expecting it to be a much lighter tale. It is not. Listener, be prepared: while the plot and characters are certainly interesting enough to engage one, it is full of intense emotions, of anguish, fear, sadness, unkindness, and secrets.
From start to finish you watch the lead character, Pat, wrestle with his own denials, which give him an obviously (to the listener) distorted view of his life even while he gets more and more information that challenges it. As the story goes on you discover that some form of denial infects most of the characters.
But there is also whimsy and hope, a hope based on reality, not fantasy. Moments of relief and humor came from the portrayal of the seriously dedicated sports fan culture, what life is like surrounded by people whose main topic of conversation, reason for socializing, means of relating within a family, and self-identity is as a fan of a local national football club. I've certainly never come across a plot based on those characteristics before!
Maybe. I'd check out other's reviews first to get as realistic a description as is possible before making up my mind.
The lead character, Pat Peeples.
Yes, but once is enough, though I did learn quite a bit about being a dedicated sports fan!
So when I went to watch this movie, I saw it was based on a novel by Matthew quick, I'd previously never heard of this author. I enjoyed the movie thoroughly so I decided to get the book. Needless to say the movie and the book a quite different from each other but I loved this book.
Firstly the message Pat is trying to live by, he wants to be a better person to try get back his wife Nicky so he "practices to be kind and not right" as he puts it and believes in silver linings as long as he practice to be kind and not right. Of course life is not perfect and we cannot control other people actions. Pat tries to re-connect with his father and visits "the best therapist in the world" while he tries to piece his life together after being in a mental facility. If Pat is crazy then Victoria is more crazy but her heart in a good place. I loved the message and theme for this book; being positive, kind and hope that every chapter you read you are continuously hopeful that Pat can get better and his silver lining will come.
Secondly since I watched the movie before reading the book I was a little surprised by the narration. The narrator sounded a little slow (mentally), though the character suffers from a mental disorder (bipolar syndrome) he is not slow nor suffers from a low IQ. So at first I was slightly surprised, but I soon got over this and the narrator drew me to the story and when it was over, it felt too soon. This book is definitely a repeat listen for me, and I recommend it because the book gives you hope and makes you a believer in silver linings.
It was very interesting and kept me wanting get back to the book. I don't tend to listen to books again, so I probably wouldn't do that for this one either, but I enjoyed it very much.
It was unusual.
The sound effects and expressions. I felt like you could really tell how the characters would be (and I haven't see the movie yet).
It just made me think and put myself in some of the characters places.
While I don't like football at all, the way he described everything made even that fun to listen to.
Say something about yourself!
This story quickly pulls you in and keeps you listening. If you liked the (excellent) movie, pick up this book to revisit the characters and the story. You shouldn't be disappointed.
The narrator's performance was a bit weak for some of the women characters, but I can forgive him for that as his Pat and many of his other characters were great. I had a lot of fun listening to this book and finished it quite quickly. Now I'm stuck twiddling my thumbs until my next credit arrives.
To be honest I read the Kindle version more than I listened to the Audible version. But, when I did listen, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the novel. I listened when I needed to lay back and close my eyes for a few minutes.
I liked the characters and how they made the overall story mesh
I liked Mr Porter's read of Pat. Audio books are great but when it comes to characters, having a male imitate the female characters is bad idea. I don't know how that would be effectively carried off without having multiple readers, male and female. But in general, nothing could ruin this book. I enjoyed the book and characters too much to let my petty concerns interfere.
Blue Sy Through the Dark Clouds..But that sounds lame. The Silver Linings Playbook fits perfectly..
I am glad I read this book. I don't think I could see the movie in a theater. I woiuld be the teary eyed guy walking out at the end.
A friend insisted I go see the movie. Haven't made it yet but did download the book. Very sympathetic characters, well portrayed
I'm waiting for the movie to come out on BluRay and I decided to listen to the audiobook in the meantime. What a treat! Good story, interesting characters, pleasant narration. I woud recommend!
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