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Critic Reviews

”Utterly original and a real word-of-mouth classic” (Easy Living)
”A delightful debut . . . a smart, touching, quirky read.” (Scotland on Sunday)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Gitte on 05-31-15

The perfect read for a rainy day

The Silver Linings Playbook was an adorable and enjoyable surprise. Pat Peoples has just been let out of a mental institution and has one goal in life: to get back together with his wife Nikki. The only problem is that he’s got a restraining order. And he doesn’t remember why. All he knows is that he has to change in order to get her back. So he moves back in with his parents, reads all the books she loves, gets in shape, sees a therapist, and is totally oblivious to being a basket case. And then he meets a woman who is just as fucked up as he is.

Pat has absolutely no grasp of reality. But he’s got faith. Faith that there’s a silver lining, that if he works hard enough, he’ll get his happy ending. He’s charmingly naïve and utterly insane. Mix in some medication and a jazz phobia and you have a delicious cocktail of a book to be devoured sip by sip.

I’ve heard the novel described as one of those books that people who don’t usually read will also enjoy. I believe that’s true. The novel is entertaining, amusing and touching without being too light or clichéd. It’s the perfect easy read for a rainy day with no silver linings in sight. I listened to the audio narrated by Ray Porter, who did an excellent job. He read with emotion without overdoing it. And he has a nice, pleasant voice.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Evelyn on 04-06-15

Highly recommended!

One of the most beautiful books about people, I felt so connected with Pat for being so real. I liked the movie but actually think they missed an opportunity to tell a new kind of love story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sam on 04-07-14

Beautifully disturbing

What made the experience of listening to The Silver Linings Playbook the most enjoyable?

I chose this book because I'd seen the film advertised. However, I hadn't seen a synopsis or looked into what the book was about. I was pleasantly surprised that it was incredibly complex and covered mental illness in such an honest and imposing way.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the characters, especially the portrayal of Pat and Pat Snr. The issue of mental illness and how it affects those around the sufferers was stark and unapologetic.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

One part which stuck out for me was when Pat went to the beach and the situation turned sour when a seemingly innocent act is viewed through the eyes of a protective mum. The reactions of both Pat and Tiffany are moving.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Thomas on 07-27-13

Great novel even after seeing the film

I came to this having seen the film first. The film is excellent, and I am glad I saw it first because the book is *better*. The characters have a depth to them far surpassing that in the film, and the story deviates enough that most scenes do not have a film equivalent to spoil it. On the other hand, it was tough to get Jennifer Lawrence's face out of my mind while reading; but then, she made for an excellent Tiffany and there is no harm done.

I normally dislike reading the novel behind a film I loved; however, on this occasion the literature stands apart, and it is excellent.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Hannah on 05-16-15

Some loose ends..?

Brilliantly written book and wonderfully narrated. Best narrator I've come across so far.

Such a unique story from a really interesting perspective. Kept me hooked the whole way through!

I felt some loose ends were left untied though, which bugs me, but still a great story.

Highly recommended!!

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