The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

The Silver Linings Playbook

By Matthew Quick

  • Release Date: 2010-04-27
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 289 Ratings
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An enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G.

A New York Times bestseller, The Silver Linings Playbook was adapted into the Oscar-winning movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It tells the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with the magnitude of his wife's betrayal.

During the years he spends in a neural health facility, Pat Peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

When Pat meets the tragically widowed and clinically depressed Tiffany, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, if only he will give up watching football, agree to perform in this year's Dance Away Depression competition, and promise not to tell anyone about their "contract." All the while, Pat keeps searching for his silver lining.

In this brilliantly written debut novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat's mind, deftly showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. The result is a touching and funny story that helps us look at both depression and love in a wonderfully refreshing way.


  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Masterpiece

    By Sammy Emer
    Wow. Just wow. Not only should everyone read this book because of it's raw style of writing, but because of the lessons we learn from it. This book is truly magnificent and will make you laugh, smile and even shed a couple tears. It's a beautiful work of art that teaches us that life isn't always like a hollywood movie. Definitely worth the read.
  • Amazing

    By Meow29cat
    Had no idea what it was about,I was so pleased. Best book I've read in awhile. I couldn't stop reading it. Loved it.
  • The Silver Linings Playbook

    By Gilford Lake
    A very honest portrayal, I think. You get to be in his head, and a fly on the wall at the same time. Such a refreshing perspective on mental illness, and addiction, and how they are truly family illnesses. The power of love and community in healing cannot be understated. I really enjoyed this book and read it over two evenings.
  • A quick read

    By Renee Rose
    Really enjoyed the read.
  • Awesome

    By Hazard12
    I don't really read much so I decided to choose this book and what A book I couldn't put my ipad down makes me want to read more books now go eagles lol
  • Silver Linings Playbook

    By mattrodrig97
    This book is so good that I'm glad I got it. The depth and detail Matthew Goode writes in this book is so addicting that you can't put it down. I cried at the end (that's how good it is.) Do not delete this book once you get it! You will want to re read it.
  • A Book To Remember As A Silver Lining!

    By Silverliner!
    This book changed my life! It's 3:49am and I've just finished reading the best book ever! I love the story of depression and how Pat gets misunderstood all the time ( story if my life😅 ) Yet fights through it in the end with his f-bombing friend-who's my favourite character! The only thing that I didn't like was his therapist, Cliff. I mean in the beginning he was alright but by the end, to me..... He was just kind of annoying and useless to Pats problems. But what I did like was at the end, how everything came together and made sense to Pat. Ex. Nikki's affair with the man who called Pat an illiterate buffoon, with the Kenny G. music in the background, (hmm a single note and count to ten😉) Anyways I loved the story, (I was SO sad to finish it 😭) and I would recommend it to anybody, who's looking for a silver lining.
  • Great book

    By Newmommymj
    Very interesting read. Could not put it down. Eye opening, funny and sad.