AWRW Way Back Wednesday: The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick


Way Back Wednesday is a Book Meme that I created with the aim to write mini book reviews on books I have read in the past, that left an impression on me.

You know what kind of books I am talking about… The ones that you have read multiple times, and they still bring you nostalgia. Books like these are the reason you enjoy reading.

So grab that old-dusty-yet-loved-book off the shelf, glance it over, write a mini review, and join in with me on Wednesdays! EVERYONE is welcome to participate!

Rules can be found, here! 🙂

Today’s Way Back Wednesday post is dedicated to The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick, a novel chosen by my book club. I probably wouldn’t have chosen this book myself, but I am so glad it was recommended to me because it became one of my favorites! The movie wasn’t bad either. 😉

7788995Meet Pat Peoples. Pat Peoples has a theory that his life is actually a movie produced by God, and that his God-given mission in life is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending – which, for Pat, means the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as any surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.)

The problem is, Pat’s home now, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; his old friends are saddled with families; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, Kenny G keeps haunting him!

The Silver Linings Playbook is the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with his wife’s betrayal. Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat’s mind, deftly showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. The result is a touching and funny novel that helps us look at both depression and love in a wonderfully refreshing way.

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Paperback, First Sarah Crichton Books Paperback Edition, 289 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Sarah Crichton Books (first published January 1st 2008)
Genre: Adult Fiction,  Contemporary, Book Club Read, Romance
The Silver Linings Playbook is a story about love, football, mental illness, and always finding a ‘silver lining’.
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Pat Peoples believes his life is a movie directed by God. If he exercises and practices being kind to others, God will reward him with his estranged wife Nikki. -So he believes. Pat also swallows his weight in psychiatric medication every day, and believes he is haunted by Kenny G…Pat also has an obsession with the silver linings of clouds, and football. “Ahhhh! E! A! G! L! E! S! EAGLES!” -You will read this phrase at least a million times in this book.

While Pat Peoples comes to terms with never reconciling with his wife, he makes a similarly crazy friend, named Tiffany who is much better suited for him. Like him, she has been broken by her past. Pat Peoples gets his ‘happily ever after moment’, but not with whom he imagined.

Overall a very interesting read. I may not have ever read this book if it wasn’t for my book club, but I’m glad I had. 🙂
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Matthew QuickMatthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar-winning film. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, among other accolades. He lives with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Bessette, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
AWRW Way Back Wednesday Book Meme


1.) Discuss a book you read in the past that left an impression on you. You can write a condensed review if you prefer.

2.) Tag your post as “Way Back Wednesday” and include this button: waybackwednesday

3.) Link back to my blog, and this page.

4.) Include instructions, (copy & paste), for others to participate. 🙂




3 thoughts on “AWRW Way Back Wednesday: The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick

  1. Pingback: AWRW Book Review ✞ God On Trial ✞ by Author Sabri Bebawi @DrSabriBebawi | A Well Read Woman

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