Don’t we all want happy endings?

Nobody reads this blog. Sigh. This is what you get when two electrical engineers decide to “pollute the internet” (quote credits to SD) with their unqualified thoughts on Literature.

This is my review of The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. After the dramatic fantasy of The Night Circus, the ordinariness of this book was a welcome change. Don’t get me wrong, it was definitely above average. It’s just that the setting- middle class, football-obsessed American suburbia- is very ‘non-fantasy’.

Pat Peoples has just moved into his parents’ basement. Don’t judge, it’s a step up from where he was before- a psychiatric hospital. He has a simple plan: 1. Get fit. 2. Win back his ex-wife. 3. Live happily ever after.

But it’s not that easy. He became mentally unstable after he split up with his wife, who now has a restraining order against him. And he has a long way to go in terms of psychological recovery as well. He has the love of his mother, the occasional, grudging support of his father, a badass Indian therapist,  well-meaning friends and a brother who go out of their way to make him feel at home. But it takes a fellow ‘loony’, his sister-in-law’s sister Tiffany, to help him accept reality again. By means of a modern dance contest.

If that sounds like a movie plot to you, then you’re absolutely right. But despite sounding like the script to Step Up x++, it’s surprisingly heartwarming. Sort of like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, for adults. Also a very light read, recommended for flights/boring classes etc.

3.5/5

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