Book review: The Silver Linings Playbook

BOOK: The Silver Linings Playbook
AUTHOR:  Matthew Quick
PUBLISHER: Pan Macmillan
RRP: $19.99

THE old adage that the "book is always better than the movie" is well and truly proven with Matthew Quick's novel, The Silver Linings Playbook.

I watched the film starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence before reading its inspiration.

And while I enjoyed the film, but it was essentially a fluffed-up, rom-com; something that the book is not.

The Silver Linings Playbook focuses on former rehabilitation patient Pat Peoples who has come home to live with his parents.

The 30-something has a philosophy for life: look for the silver lining in everything and focus on the positive.

His pursuit of "the positive" however has lead him down some fairly negative paths.

The story is told through Pat's pragmatic voice: it's quirky, humorous and frank.

It details Pat's all-consuming goal of getting back with his wife, Nikki.

A domestic violence order, however, stops Pat from making contact with his estranged partner.

At which time, the equally kooky Tiffany comes into Pat's life with the promise of helping him get Nikki back.

The author has cleverly created a multi-layered tale that provides insight into the culture of American football, the communities of Philadelphia and most importantly the often shunned topic of mental illness.

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