Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Book Review: The Silver Linings Playbook


Earlier this week I tweeted, "Ever finish a book and want to cry because it’s over and you’ll never get to read it for the first time ever again? Yeah, that." I was talking about The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. Honestly, it's hands down one of the best books I've read in a long time, kind of on the same level as The Fault in Our Stars. It's hard to explain all of the emotions it brought out of me; at times I was crying, then laughing, then shaking my head at the sheer happiness it brought out of me. It's funny and touching, heartbreaking and heartwarming, all at once.

I first heard about this book because of the movie. In fact, I had no idea the book even existed. But while watching the Golden Globes it was impossible to miss- the movie was mentioned a million times, garnering many nominations and a win too, for Jennifer Lawrence. I didn't really know anything about the film though, from the 5-second clips I saw over and over, and I wasn't exactly interested outside of just wanting to know what the hype was all about.

So last week while on Amazon picking out samples for my Kindle (one of my favorite things to do), this book was in the middle of my recommendations. I actually thought it was the DVD at first, so I skimmed over it, but when I had a hard time finding books I was excited about, I went back through my recommendations and clicked through. And I'm SO happy I did.

I started the book that night, and immediately got lost in its unique perspective and story. It's beautiful. The story centers upon its protagonist, Pat Peoples, who is released from a mental hospital at the start of the book. I hate summarizing books for fear of giving anything away (I prefer to know nothing about a novel going into it), but just know the book deals with Pat's life; his "recovery," with love, with hope, with family...and with Kenny G.  There were so many times I found myself just smiling ear to ear as I read- and unable to put the book down. I read it in two days and was thoroughly depressed when it was over. To me it was part Catcher in the Rye (odd comparison, maybe), part The Fault in Our Stars, and part any wonderful, sweet novel I've ever read that inspires hope. And yes, even though it's a novel that deals with dark topics, in its own quirky way I was left feeling inspired, hopeful, and smiling.

Read it, and when you do, let me know how much you loved it! Hank's reading it now, and when he's done I can't wait to see the movie together, which I heard is wonderful too.


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31 comments:

  1. glad to hear the book is amazing. the movie is beautiful and sad and inspirational too. now I have to go pick up the book!

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  2. I had no idea there was a book either! Will have to check it out soon - my husband [a diehard Cowboys fan who hatehatehates the Eagles-- I assume the football humor is in the book as well] and I loved the movie.

    Can't thank you enough for recommending The Fault in Our Stars awhile back too! Definitely a case of that perfect book coming into your life at the perfect moment - I ended up using part of it as inspiration for my wedding vows! I don't think I've ever sobbed harder over a book in my life :)

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  3. Ah Danielle! Thanks so much for posting about this book. I did the EXACT same thing when browsing books on kindle! I saw the trailer but didn't think anything of it considering how rom-com it looked. Nothing wrong with that but I want my book to be GOOD, like can't put it down good. I think I'll go back and check it out!

    Have you read Perks of being a Wallflower? It's a little YA but oh so good. I just finished that one.

    Have a great day!
    Mel

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  4. I read this over the Christmas period. It's a amazing book. Have you read The five people you meet in heaven? Its written by Mitch Albom. Absolutely amazing book. I read it over a year a go and I still think about it. I kinda miss reading it

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  5. The movie was incredible! I've thought about it daily since we saw it last week.

    I hope I can read the book now, knowing what I know already.

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  6. The movie is fantastic! I'm bummed I didn't know it was a book, I definitely would have picked it up pre-movie. Although...I said I was going to do that with Cloud Atlas, and then I just didn't do either. haha

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  7. I had no idea that the movie was originally a book! Good thing I haven't seen the movie yet! This is definitely going to be added to my 'books to read' list, ha. I'm actually in the middle of The Fault in Our Stars right now and loving it.

    Thank you for posting this :)

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  8. didn't know this was a book either - totally adding this on my lists of books to read! thanks for the recommendation!

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  9. It sounds good, adding it to my to-read list.

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  10. I read it too, after the movie came out and everyone was talking about it. I loved the book, and I was sad too when I finished it. After, I watched the movie, which is different in a lot of ways from the book, but also very good. You should go see the movie now!

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  11. Thanks for the recommendation. I always need to find good books, I've just downloaded the sample. You should run a book club on here, I'd join.

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  12. I'm so glad to hear that there is a book! I LOVED the movie. It was so relatable and so REAL. Can't wait to read the book. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  13. The movie is wonderful. Hands down one of my top 5 favorites. I had NO idea it was a book!!!!! I know what I'm doing this evening ;)

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  14. I'm fairly certain you'll love the movie. I haven't read the book, but the film is extraordinarily well-done, with a superb cast.

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  15. The book is beautiful. So is TFiOS. Have you read Perks Of Being A Wallflower?

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  16. i watched the movie first, but that rarely happens. the movie was so good, and just like you describe crying, laughing and the happiness of it, is what the movie is like.

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  17. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I really, really, want to... it's just hard to find the time. But for sure I'm going to read the book now - downloading it to my Kindle now ♥ thanks for the lovely recommendation!

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  18. I was JUST talking about the film on my tumblr! I saw it recently and it totally hit home for me. It brought up a lot of really emotional things about someone I had a relationship with not too long ago, things I really needed to deal with and process. Phewww.... lots of tears! The film is really wonderful, it stuck with me for days, and you can tell this was a really personal project for the director and the cast. I absolutely loved it - cannot wait to read the book!

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  19. I was looking for a great book to read so thank you! :)

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  20. so the book is more good than the movie? :) well i will read it! :)Irene Wibowo

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  21. Aw, that book was written in the town where I live and grew up!

    -Cait

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  22. for some reason i didn't know it was a book! i absolutely LOVED the movie (i've seen it three times so far ;). thank you for reviewing it! i can't wait to start reading!

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  23. The movie is great, but it is SO different from the movie! Be ready for that, because I was totally thrown off.

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  24. Thank you for this post. I also realized the book from mention of the movie and really want to read it. I've also heard that The Fault in Our Stars is also really good, I'm going to look into getting both tomorrow!

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  25. I LOVED this book. It's such a tricky topic to do well so I was a bit hesitant about picking it up, but it's brilliant. I was *also* hesitant about seeing the film, but loved that, too - a really careful, clever adaptation.

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  26. Gratulations first of all!!!!!! So excited for you. Healthy nine months to you. :)
    I was looking for a great book to read. Just purchased it for my Kindle. :) Thank you for the recommendation.
    One more questions: Can you recommend an ETSY store for good vintage clothing and accessories ?

    Thank you and greetings from New York. I love your blog. <3

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  27. after seeing your recommendation last night on instagram, I downloaded the audio version (I like to listen to audiobooks while I work) and am already 2 hours in. So far, I love it! I was not all that interested in the book or movie until I heard Bradley Cooper's recent interview on Fresh Air. I already liked him, but now I LOVE him and am excited to see the movie once I finish "reading" the book.

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  28. This is the first time I'm hearing about the book or movie. I have a newborn :) Loved The Fault in Our Stars when you recommended that so I'm off to pick this one up from the library too. Thanks!

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  29. This book sounds wonderful! I always inspire to live and entertain simply.
    The Equation book

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  30. Just finished reading this book last night thanks to your suggestion. I was sobbing by the end of it. I don't know how to even explain how much and why I loved this book but I do. Thank you.

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  31. thanks for share..

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