Silver Linings Playbook – #PageTurners

Welcome, once again, to Page Turners an online book club that has been put together by two amazing bloggers, Shelly from DIY Mama and Lisa from ExpandNG with September’s PageTurners book selection of Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick!

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Here is the GoodReads synopsis of Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being hunted by Kenny G!

In this enchanting novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat’s mind, showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: “Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut.”

Now for Shelly’s questions:

1. Were there any characters you had a hard time relating to?

I really can’t say that I could relate to any of the characters. I really didn’t care for any of them…mostly because I think that Pat was a bit kiddish…and the family was as nuts as anybody else.

2. Where you surprised when you found out Tiffany wrote the letters from ‘Nikki’?

Yeah, kind of…I mean I see that she could be quite mean spirited.

3. Pat practices being kind rather than being right. What do you think of this mantra? Are ‘being kind’ and ‘being right’ mutually exclusive?

I think one should always be kind. While I think that it is right to be kind, to be right is not always kind.

And now now for Lisa’s questions:

1. Pat reminded himself to “be kind rather than right” throughout the book. Did he do a good job? Do you have a personal motto?

I guess he did, but everybody has their own breaking point. I don’t really have one specific, but there are a few that strike a chord for me.

2. What do you think about Tiffany leading Pat to believe she was really in contact with Pat’s ex-wife?

I actually think that it was a pretty crappy thing for her to do, but then again, I really think that it was pretty crappy how he was treated in general.

3. So I gotta talk about movie, which I saw before reading the book.

I have never seen the movie, and well, I probably won’t ever see it.

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Now for my thoughts…I really only gave this one a 3 star, because for me, while it was somewhat pleasurable to read, I won’t likely read it again. It just really didn’t strike much of a chord with me.

Be sure to join me next month, as we will be discussing George by Alex Gino, for our final #PageTurners selection of the year!!

George by Alex Gino

George by Alex Gino

To find out about all of the books that have been a part of the #PageTurners online book club please click here…#PageTurners! Thank you so much to Shelly and Lisa for organizing and coming up with such great questions! I am thrilled to say that I just two short of reading 25 books this year!

Have you seen the movie, “Silver Linings Playbook” or read the book? What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them in the comments below.