Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook

Matthew Quick




THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. Well, let me rephrase that, the first hundred or so pages are so good. I think I was just in this crazed mind set because I think that I was completely remembering the movie. In my mind, Bradley Cooper played a perfect Pat Peoples. He has this crazy person energy. Like he is hyperactive and is always moving around, so I read the first hundred pages with that same tenacity. Not to say that the rest of the book wasn't excellent, but I think that the first part had a lot of energy, even if that was all my doing. I just read it really quickly, just like Pat running 10 miles around the block. 

The plot was generally the same as the movie. Or, technically, vise versa. I thought that every single character was perfect. I liked the female main character, Tiffany, up until the end. I'm not sure what switched, but I started to hate her near the end. Maybe it's cause of what she did, maybe it's because she gets to be happy, I'm not sure. My favorite part of the whole book is a scene that was not in the movie; They are at the beach and Pat is holding his friend's baby, Emily, in the waves. The two are alone because the mom is off somewhere and the dad is sleeping. Pat is just holding up the baby so she doesn't get splashed with the water and he's going pretty far out into the ocean. It reminded me of Holden in a way (also, they reference Catcher quite a few times), just the way that he wants to save all of those little kids from falling off the cliff. 

Anyway, read this. You won't regret it. I cried during the dance scene. I can't take happiness.