The book being The Silver Linings Playbook.

In an extraordinary turn of events, the trailer of the movie made me pick up the book. More so because I cannot watch the movie during Ramzan but I can read a book. Teehee. 😀 amarllyis 1; Movie Abstinence 0. Must say that it’s a swift, wonderfully written debut novel. I finished it in just 2 days.

Quick Summary – Pat is out of an institution and is working hard towards being the best version of himself so he can get his wife, Nikki, back. Enter Tiffany – a “crazy” woman who keeps following him whenever he goes running. That is enough for a story. Matthew Quick’s narrator, Pat, is as endearing as a child, and in no point of the book did I feel sorry for him in spite of his horrid past, therapy sessions, pill popping, and an absolute goner of a quest. His unshakeable spirit kept everything going – himself, his movie, and his pursuit for silver linings.

What I took away from this book is how people who are in the same place understand each other better. It also kind of reaffirmed what I’ve suspected about companionship – opposites don’t attract; similarities do, and they keep you there. Although, I got bored by the elaborate descriptions about American football, I do realise it was essential. I noticed a few obvious deviations in the trailer – his father is an immersive father in the trailer, which I like better. (Also, he is Robert De Niro!) In the trailer, Pat tells Tiffany that he loves her; nothing of this sort happens in the book. In the trailer, Pat’s parents seem to have a functional relationship; not so in the book. Three reasons why I believe I will like the movie even though it’s deviated from the book:

  1. Something magnificent about having fathers taking an interest in their children’s lives without being interfering.
  2. Call me orthodox, but it’s so lovely when a man tells a woman he loves her. First. I find myself screaming in my head, “Tell her you love her, dammit! Tell her.”
  3. Parents must have functional relationships.

Been a really long time since I have cried after reading a book. It’s rare. Shh. Don’t tell anyone.

Looking forward to seeing the movie.

Watch The Silver Linings Playbook Trailer. If you need the ebook, write to me.

P.S.: Must. Stop. Hoarding. Ebooks.

Update: 

Saw the movie. Yes, I have loved it for all the reasons mentioned above. I just wish it were a little more true to the book. Everything they say about the movie is true. Also, yes, I cried.