Adventures in Books… The Silver Linings Playbook


This is the first real book I’ve read this year! Crazy but true. With my commute I just don’t feel like reading in the evenings as I tend to be on the tired side.

I picked this book up back in January and even went against my unwritten rule of not buying books with movie covers! I went against this as I do like the two actors on the cover.

I read this book in a day. I had a dive day on Sunday and got stuck into this book. Plus I got the email to say my dvd order of this is being delivered this week! It is a really easy read so took no time at all to get into.

I liked the premise of the book:

“Pat Peoples knows that life doesn’t always go according to plan, but he’s determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining. Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki. Pat’s parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they’ve been keeping from him threaten to come out . . .”

The characters are  interesting and likeable. I found it easy to relate to some of the feelings described in the book, but others not so much. The obsessive nature of Pat was interesting to watch and see develop over the story. The people in Pat’s life and how they interact was also very interesting to me, as I find that the hardest to understand in my own life. Watching Pat take everything in and trying to figure things out was heart breaking in some ways. Knowing that the people you trust are keeping things from you to keep you safe from yourself must be hard to deal with. The ending left me feeling weird. The whole story comes out, but it didn’t feel finished. But then I suppose life doesn’t end like books do. That was just one chapter of Pat’s life we were privy to. I wonder how the rest of his life turns out.
I am looking forward to watching the film to see how it was interpreted. I think certain relationships with be given more emphasis than others and that some events will be left out. It will be interesting to see how the character is brought across as we won’t have access to Pat’s head like we do in the book.
Overall a good book dealing with depression and relationships in a way that I haven’t read before. I will be looking out for the author’s next book.
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