The Silver Linings Playbook

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The Silver Linings Playbook:  Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being hunted by Kenny G!

The Author:  Matthew Quick (aka Q) is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar-winning film. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, among other accolades. Q lives with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Bessette.

Quote from the book:
“If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying.”

“I don’t want to stay in the bad place, where no one believes in silver linings or love or happy endings.”


Pat thinks his life is a movie produced by God, destined to end happily, because most romantic comedies do. In sharp contrast, Pat discovers that great works of American literature almost always end on a sad note. Why are so many classic reads depressing?

No doubt, Pat is different. Discuss the individual ways other characters react to his idiosyncrasies. What motivates each character? In what ways can Pat be viewed as a barometer?


Host a movie night and watch the movie version of The Silver Linings Playbook.  What do you think of the differences between the book and the movie?  Which did you like better?


Did you read the book or the watch the movie first?  Which one did you prefer and why?
Answer below in the comments.