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The Silver Linings Playbook (movie tie-in edition)

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142 out of 149 people found this review helpful.

A Story Of Loss, Recovery, Love, and Philadelphia Eagles Football

A year ago this coming August, my wife of 32 years passed away from battling cancer for 16 years. The last year of grieving has been a hard one for me, and I found myself reading various books on recovery and grief, trying to find a way to cope with my own loss, but nev...
A year ago this coming August, my wife of 32 years passed away from battling cancer for 16 years. The last year of grieving has been a hard one for me, and I found myself reading various books on recovery and grief, trying to find a way to cope with my own loss, but never really finding what I was looking for. That was until I read this extremely funny and yet somewhat sad novel by Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook, and found myself caught up in the personal recovery story of Pat Peoples, a college instructor who comes out of what he thinks is four months in a mental institution (it is actually a liitle longer than that) and tries to reconcile with his family, with past friends, his own shattered life, and possibly even with his ex-wife, who has actually become something of an obsession for him; an obsession that has him forever working out, trying to maintain a positive attitude and most important, to look for the silver lining, for the happy ending in his life that he believes is actually a movie produced and directed by God. Coming from a family of diehard Philadelphia Eagles fans, Pat tries to make peace with all those around him, goes to sessions with a therapist who shares more in common with Pat than he expected, and at the same time, work on making himself worthy to be reunited with his beloved ex-wife. Until he is introduced to a beautiful but equally messed up widow named Tiffany. Then Pat's life takes a sudden a dramatic turn, one that leads to discoveries of promise, betrayal, sorrow, despair, possible set-back and finally, hope and love. The Silver Linings Playbook is a story of Pat and Tiffany, two damaged souls who have experienced in their own ways unimaginable loss, emptiness and loneliness, and in the end, by becoming one, find not just the healing they both need and deserve, but true love. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, wonderfully written by Matthew Quick, with characters you cannot help but like and even come to love, and set against the backdrop of a typical Philadelphia Eagles football season, The Silver Linings Playbook is probably the most entertaining and satisfying love story you could ever find. I found it not just an entertaining and enjoyable read, but for me, it has also become a source of my own healing from my own tragic loss. It does indeed show me that even in the blackest of times, silver linings and happy endings do indeed still exist, and where there is love, there is indeed hope.

posted by CarlG on July 31, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

Silver lining playbook

How can this book be nominated for an academy award does not even deserve a star

posted by Anonymous on January 30, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Entertaining

    I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie and although I thought the book was entertaining just from seeing the trailers, I have a feeling the movie might be better in this case. It seems like the movie may have embellished the story some.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Cool

    It was a cool book.

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  • Posted March 4, 2013

    Odd

    I read through this book in about 2 1/2 days. While it won't go on my list of favorite books, I enjoyed the story well enough. Since I can't think of anything really positive or negative to say, I'll end by saying nothing else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    All that football talk and chanting was a huge turn off, but it

    All that football talk and chanting was a huge turn off, but it is a really good story otherwise. I really connected to Pat and I think a lot of people do whether they admit it or not. I would have liked to have seen more closure with Pat and his parents too, especially his dad who appears to have his own personal issues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Silver Linings

    I haven't read this book yet but, it looks like it would be a good book. Ever since I saw the commercial, since I love romantic stories or books, I have to see it or read it to critcise or love it to the fullest. Especially since I saw Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, I simply had to see it. If anyone wants to see it, I definetly reccomend it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Middle of the road

    This book was not very interesting and did not really hold my attention. Was just something to listen to.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Not impressed

    Kind of boring that could have bn a good story, but focused on "apart time" too much for me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Enjoyable

    I read the book because i wanted to see the movie and compare i hope bradley cooper wins an oscar

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Ramdom

    Very outstandin book

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Playbook great

    This is an amazing book people should read it

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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