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The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick

I actually saw the movie before I read the book, never a good idea. My imagination would not have cast Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as the main characters…but Robert de Niro is spot on as Pat’s father. I read the book over the Christmas break, my holiday this year wasn’t fun at all…this story helped me make it through,I could say it took a swing at my depression and pessimism. The storyline centers around the mental health of the two protoganists, Pat and Tiffany, Pat having just been released from a psychaitric hospital after a 4-year stay. He doesn’t know how long he’s been committed and is unaware of the things he did that necessitated his commitment. Pat is reading all of the literary classics, in his narratives he critiques and reviews books for the reader. He has very interesting perspectives on a variety of works, from Catcher in the Rye to Huck Finn to the Great Gatsby. The horrible dsyfunction and unhappiness in his parents’ marriage is a secondary plotline that sheds valuable insight into who and why Pat is who he is.

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