Wednesday, 1 May 2013

'Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly'

Book Review – The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick





Spoiler alert, spoiler alert!

Unlike the review I wrote last week on the Fault In Our Stars, I feel like it’s going to be basically impossible to review The Silver Linings Playbook without giving away at least some of what happens. If you want to watch the film or particularly read the book, I think you should do so without knowing the end. So look away, now!

The Silver Linings Playbook centres around Pat Peoples, a man recently released from a mental hospital, and his battle against his mental illness as he attempts to regain his memory and reconcile with his ex-wife, Nikki. 



As you may know, this book has been turned into a film starring the gorgeous Bradley Cooper and the ever amazing Jennifer Lawrence. I haven’t seen the film – although I’d like to now – but having read about it since finishing the book, I’ve discovered that there’s a lot of differences between the two, and I’m not sure I’d like the film to the same extent. What the book does really, really well – which I can’t see how the film can recreate, considering how they’ve altered the plot – is drip feed the reader hints and suggestions at what is really going on outside the walls of Pat’s mind, but as the book is entirely told from his perspective, you never know the full truth. It’s obvious from the reactions of people around Pat, for example, that Nikki is not going to be ready for a reconciliation, but you’re never sure why. Every revelation therefore is as shocking as the last.

Not only is this book therefore incredibly addictive – I read it in a couple of days, desperate to find out what had happened – it’s also a really insightful glimpse into how people can only see from their own perspectives. Pat might have a mental illness, but in his eyes, his world is the real world, and everyone else is wrong.

The book also asks real questions about the value of optimism over realism, and looking for the good in everything. In Pat’s words,

“If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying.”  

Even if he is mentally ill, I think we can all take something from that.


All in all, it’s 100% worth reading if you haven’t seen the film, and although you won’t enjoy it as much because not knowing the truth is half the fun, you’ll still enjoy it if you have. I’ve currently started reading ‘Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas’ – a very different read! – so that will probably be my next book review!

Let me know if you’ve read or seen The Silver Linings Playbook, I’d really like to know what you think of it!


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17 comments

  1. great film! i loved it!

    http://thewhatiwores.blogspot.com

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  2. I have seen it! It was actually not what i expected, but i was definitely pleasantly surprised!

    -liv
    http://theperksofbeingahipster.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. I've never read the book and I need to see the movie. I heard is amazing.

    -Vogue&Heels
    www.vogueandheels.com

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  4. Hi sweetie - firstly i saw a comment of yours on anothers blog and found your blog title really quirky love it so thought i'd pop by and say hi. New follower here. Now for this book, i've not read it but have seen the film, I watched it 2 nights ago and unfortunately I wasn't taken with it, I switched it off half way through - do you think I should rewatch it and to the end - Have I not given it a chance? Look forward to reading more from you.

    love Laura A Scottish Lass

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    1. Heyy! Thank you so much for following me! I think if you didn't see the whole film, you should try the book - it'd be more fun if you hadn't seen the film and didn't know the ending. I haven't seen the film, but I might give it a try - I'm also terrible for getting bored in the middle and switching them off! xxx

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  5. I have seen the film but will definitely be checking the book out!

    www.strictlyhighstreet.blogspot.com

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    1. You definitely should! Love your blog xoxo

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  6. So glad you commented on my post because I've found a new blog to read! Love it so far!! xx

    I would LOVE it if you would check my blog out and maybe even follow too? :D

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  7. I haven't read the book but I loved the film!! I found it to be a very accurate portrayal of mental illness, which is refreshing. Also Jennifer Lawrence (and really the whole cast) is amazing!!

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    1. That's exactly what I liked about the book - I think it shows that everyone has different perceptions of the world, and just because somebody might see it differently doesn't necessarily mean that they're not 'normal.' I definitely want to try and see the film when I can! xoxo

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  8. wow I've never heard about this book:) I totally agree that movies are only half the fun, mainly because a book provides wider place for your fantasy. lovely article! I'm your new follower on bloglovin (#9), hope you follow me back ;) kisses!

    www.lorietta.cz


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    1. Thank you so much! I love your blog, definitely following back xxx

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  9. Hey Love!
    I have seen the film and it was a beaut
    Lovely post!



    Please follow and visit me :D

    Danica Stark

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  10. I love the name of your blog:) and also this book sounds really interesting.. After my exams I will definitely give it a read!

    I'm a new follower, feel free to follow back + check out my latest blog post! xxx

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  11. I've wanted to watch this for ages!! I looked away when you told me to haha, however I'm gonna buy it as soon as I can as I've heard amazing reviews. Great blog, thanks for commenting on mine and being a follower! I'm now following you on G+, GFC and Bloglovin! Yaaay!

    Megan xxx

    www.littlerenault.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. I love the film, I can imagine the book to be a lot better though. Bradley Cooper defiantly helps!!! ;)

    Olivia - cravemorebeauty.blogspot.com

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  13. I love that book/film! lovely blog hun, followed!
    would absolutely love it if you could check out my blog?
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    - Hannah xoxo

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