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A Perfect Read of the Month to End 2012

I easily completed by December 2012 Read of the Month The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.  The title was a recommendation from my sister Laura and I am glad I finally listened to her and picked up this book.  The first thing I realized after selecting this title was that I had already read and reviewed a young-adult novel by Matthew Quick, Sorta Like a Rock Star.  "Rock Star" was my January 2012 Read of the Month, so I guess I started and concluded 2012 with novels by Matthew Quick.

Clearly, The Silver Linings Playbook is not young-adult.  It tackles (no pun intended) a number of adult issues.  I do think teens could handle the book, I just believe this title is clearly aimed at adults.  I really enjoyed this book.  I loved the two main characters (Pat Peoples and his "friend" Tiffany) both struggling with mental illness.  The plot is fast moving and exciting.  Male readers will love the tie-in of National Football League references (The Philadelphia Eagles, the favorite team of the Peoples family, are mentioned throughout).

The novel was a quick read, following Pat Peoples as he is released from a mental hospital to return to live with his parents.  He is on a mission to reunite with his ex-wife (unknown ex to him) Nikki.  By the end of the novel the reader realizes what actually sent Pat to a mental hospital.  The reader is also treated to development of a unique relationship between Pat and Tiffany.

As I mentioned in my original entry on the book, a film based upon the book was released on November 21st, 2012.  Currently, it is not playing in many theaters in the Metro Detroit area.  Here is a trailer:




 The preview looks good, and I have to admit that I am a big fan of Robert DeNiro and Jennifer Lawrence.  Looks like I may just have to wait for the movie version to arrive on Netflix or Comcast.  If you are looking for a great book for your new Kindle, Nook or iPad you will not go wrong with The Silver Linings Playbook!

Has anyone been to the movies to see this film yet?  What did you think?  Anyone else enjoy this book (or hate it)?  After taking a week off for family time during the holidays I am looking forward to writing again.  Happy Holidays!

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