Silver Linings Playbook

Matthew Quick

Author: Matthew Quick

Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including The Silver Linings Playbook. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. Matthew lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Alicia.

Main Characters

Pat: Is a guy who is trying to get his life back together and change his ways.

Tiffany: Is a manipulating girl who is very depressed and trying to get her life sorted out again.

Dr. Cliff Patel: Is a very calm, kind man.

Plot Teaser:

The book is about Pat Peoples, a former history teacher who has moved back to his childhood home after spending time in a neurology hospital. Pat believes he has only been away a few months, but soon realizes it has been years, and struggles to piece together memories. He has a theory that life is a film created by God and that its "silver lining" will be his successful reunion with his wife Nikki.

Pat embarks on a plan of self-improvement that includes regular jogging and fitness exercises, and reading the works of American literature that his wife teaches. He grows upset after reading the tragic works of some America's greatest writers, not understanding why the stories do not have happy endings. At a dinner with his friend Ronnie and his wife Veronica, Pat is introduced to Tiffany, who has also moved back home after losing her job after her husband's death. He and Tiffany start spending a great deal of time together and start to help each other out of the situation they have been put in.

Conflict:

He has a theory that life is a film created by God and that its "silver lining" will be his successful reunion with his wife Nikki.

Passage of the book:

“I do see why Nikki likes the novel, as it’s written so well. But her liking it makes me worry now that Nikki doesn’t really believe in silver linings, because she says The Great Gatsby is the greatest novel ever written by an American, and yet it ends so sadly.” (31).

Audience

I think that anyone over the age of 14 who enjoys a good book will love this. This book is inspirational and funny with a pinch of wit.

My opinion

I loved this book, it portrays so many emotions and is very well written. It was a heavy topic but Quick made it easier to read with humor and witty characters.