Pat Peoples knows that life doesn’t always go according to plan, but he’s determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining. Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki. Pat’s parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they’ve been keeping from him threaten to come out . . .
This is a debut novel by Matthew Quick, and I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. The book focuses on Pat’s recovery who has just left a psychiatric hospital following the break up of his marriage. Pat believes that he and his wife Nikki are having some “apart time” and he is determined to win her back. He works out tirelessly in his parent’s basement which they have turned into a home gym and he is determined to be nicer to people.
Whilst he is still living with his parents, he meets Tiffany who is also going through a difficult time after her husband died. Together they form a strange friendship as they both work their way back to normality.
However, this is difficult for Pat as his friends and family are all keeping secrets from him, in order to protect him.
The relationships between all the characters felt real and you could picture Pat at the American football games with his brother and friends surrounded by thousands of other fans, and just as easily see him having a date with Tiffany at local diner, sharing raisin bran. Pat is a very likeable character as you can see how hard he is trying to please everyone, in particular Nikki. All the other characters are also likeable (except maybe his Dad) and they all want what is best for Pat.
What I loved about this book, is that it is not a typical romantic story. It’s completely different to what I’ve read before and found that I was being sucked completely in to the story. The Silver Linings Playbook covers serious issues, but at the same time the book is easy to read. This book took some completely unexpected twists but in the end I believe Pat got his “silver linings” ending.