This is a first novel by Matthew Quick. The plot centers around Pat, who has just gotten out of a mental institution, and it is written from his point of view. Pat’s mental issues have skewed his perspective and memory on a lot of things, especially his ex-wife Nikki. He desperately wants to get back together with Nikki, but his family and friends seem to be avoiding the topic. He has also lost track of time–he thinks he was only in the mental institution for a year or so, but it has actually been much longer, and things have changed in his friends’ and family’s lives. Pat’s father is distant and angry, and only bonds with Pat over Philadelphia Eagles football, and Pat’s brother is now married. As Pat tries to acclimate to his new life, he makes a friend with her own mental health issues–Tiffany.
With the help of his therapist and his new friend Tiffany, Pat slowly gets back on his feet and remembers how he lost his memory and why his wife is now gone. There is hope for him to move on at the end of the book, although it’s not exactly a happy ending. For me, it was frustrating to read The Silver Linings Playbook because it was written from his limited perspective. This, of course, sets up the reveal at the end of the book, but it was frustrating nonetheless. On the whole, this book is well-written and interesting, but it just wasn’t for me.