Silver Linings Playbook
By Matthew Quick
Pat Peoples is being released into his mother’s care after leaving a mental hospital. Pat isn't sure what year it is but desperately wants to reconcile with his wife Nikki, so that "apart time" can be over.
Pat tries adapting to life outside the "bad place" and slowly begins to ease back into society. He finds that all evidence of his marriage to Nikki seems to have disappeared. Pat spends his days with his rigid workout schedule, seeing his doctor once a week, and returns to the ritual of Philadelphia Eagles football with his family.
Pat is then introduced to Tiffany. Like Pat, Tiffany is struggling to put her life back together after her husband’s death. Tiffany tries very hard to be friends with Pat, and to help him come to terms with his wife being out of his life. They form a strange bond after Tiffany enters them into a dance competition and forces Pat to give up Eagles football.
I had a hard time putting this book down, and I was very intrigued by the characters. Pat's story is great and I spent the whole book waiting to find out what happened to Pat to put him into the hospital. I was a little disappointed at the lack of explanation into Pat's past. Most of the book lead up to the crucial point in Pat's life and it was such a letdown that the author spent very little time explaining his situation.
On that note I still loved the book, I would recommend it to anyone. I really enjoyed learning about Pat and his family and liked the dynamics. I feel like to book was a real glimpse into to how most families would handle a similar situation. I would definitely give this book 4 stars out of 5.