13 November, 2012

Silver Linings Playbook

I absolutely adore reading, and now that school is in full swing, I don't get to do it very often.  So, when I went home for a night before going to a conference in Chicago with lots of traveling by myself, I finally picked up a book that I had seen was going to be a movie that I really wanted to see.  It was The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.  It's about a man named Pat who just recently got out of a mental facility, is living with his parents, and is set in ending 'apart time' and reuniting with his (little does he know, ex) wife, Nikki.  He is trying to be a better husband for her, so he is constantly working out and started reading the books she teaches in her English classes.  His family are also huge fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, and his struggling relationship with his father revolves around whether or not they're doing well.  Along the way, his high school friend Robbie introduces Pat to his wife's sister, Tiffany, who is in a very similar situation to Pat, just she had her mental issues after losing her husband.
Yes, this is a book about mental health.  I don't understand why, but I just adore books like these.  Two of my other favorites are The Perks of Being a Wallflower and It's Kind of a Funny Story (the latter especially).  Now I've never been in a mental institution, nor do I think that I am mentally unstable, but I guess I'm just really able to related to these people, because I've had depressed and unwanted thoughts, I've made mistakes in my life, and I've had to learn how to bounce back to them.  I've gone through rough times, and there's no way to truly know what is the best way to deal with them.  Though Pat is mentally unstable (he has to hum to himself anytime he hears a certain song by Kenny G in order to prevent himself from going basically Hulk on anyone in his vicinity), he truly is a good guy and has the best intentions in everything he does.  Though he is doing it to get Nikki back, he is so positive, and he is trying so hard to live a better life and be a better person. “I don't want to stay in the bad place, where no one believes in silver linings or love or happy endings.", he says, which just makes me so happy.  I finished this book with a new hope for my life, just knowing that no matter what happens, my perspective and my desire to better myself can help me out of any situation.  It's truly a touching story, and I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.  Please read it.

"Life is not a PG feel-good movie.  Real life often ends badly.  Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly."

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