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The Silver Linings Playbook: Happy Endings on the Horizion?

✭✭✭✭ /5

My sister wanted to watch The Silver Linings Playbook movie, but before we did that, she wanted to read the book. Since she was already reading Dorothy Must Die, she told me I should read it. So I did, not even knowing what it was even about. Usually I tend to stick to Young Adult genres but every once in a while I venture out of my usual comfort-zone and I never seem to regret it. With books like The Last Song and Water for Elephants I’m always blown back…they both made me cry soooooo hard, geeze people these books do not have a silver lining at all, and Pat wouldn’t really like that, I don’t think he would.

Pat believes in silver linings, he thinks his own life is a movie produced by God where he will have that perfect happy ending. Every conflict and hard moment he comes across in life he thinks is just part of the climax, it is yet another part he has to overcome to get his happy ending. Only, this happy ending has to include Nikki the lady he married, the girl who has been gone from him for (as he likes to say) apart time. You see, Pat has been away to the bad place, he’s haunted by a saxophonist Kenny G and has anger issues. Once he gets released from this bad place, he tries to be kind instead of right (Pat’s words) so he can get back together with Nikki, to end his apart time.

But through the story, Pats life is kind of sad. His father refuses to talk to him, even if he does, it’s about Eagles football. His dad abuses his mother every time the Eagles lose and she cries constantly. When there are sad moments, there are the happy ones, Pat is different in life, you see, Pat has friends. Tiffany, Jake, Cliff, Ronnie and Veronica who support him throughout his lifetime trials, once he comes home.

This book, wasn’t like Water for Elephants or The Last Song, but in my opinion, it was almost as good. Pat was, I like to think, a lovable character with a good soul. Minus what he did to get in the bad place (not gonna spoil here!) he really tries to change his life, he just loves his wife Nikki so much. He gets more exercise training for hours everyday, he runs miles, he tries to be nice and not right all the time, everything he does, he does for her. He keeps his faith in God, hoping He will bring his wife and him together to end his life-movie. Other than Pat, I liked Tiffany too. She was one of Pats new friends after he left the bad place, she followed him when he ran, and tried to help him with Nikki. Other than the characters the book, I think, is kind of predictable, I’m not going to go into huge details just in case you want to read it. I easily predicted why Pat was in the bad place and I figured out why Kenny G was haunting him, but the book was good, nonetheless.

Here’s the summary of the book, I kind of summarized it above this just goes into more detail:

Meet Pat Peoples. 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 him a happy ending—the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years 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 haunted by Kenny G!

-Barnes and Noble


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