Monday, April 22, 2013

Silver Linings Playbook - A Novel

You know...a book. Not a movie. Yes, I realize there is a movie, but we're going to talk about the book (but to show that I am a guy and am not completely unaware of the movie's charms, I will post a few photos of Jennifer Lawrence as well.)

OK, now that you've got that out of your system, let's talk about the book. I realize some of you may not even realize Silver Linings Playbook is a book. The movie got a lot of pub and won a lot of awards, plus the book is five years old now.

So just let me say this, whether you've seen the movie or not, please pick up this fantastic book immediately.

Matthew Quick has penned an amazing tale of people, and mental illness, and loss, and people, and sports, and family, and people, and the EAGLES! If you've read the book, you know what I'm talking about..."AHHHHHHHHHHHHH..."

The main characters here: Pat and Tiffany, are about as odd a couple as you'll ever find in literature and yet they both seem very real. Very, very flawed and real. Throw in Pat's Dad, who will be familiar to anyone that has grown up in a family obsessed with sport, Pat's Mom, his family and friends, his therapist...and Kenny G (the evil Kenny G) and you've got quite a cast of characters.

Silver Linings Playbook is one of those rare, wonderful books in which the very act of reading through the pages makes you want to be a better person. It makes you want to stand up for other people - people that are like you, and unlike you. Through Pat's eyes, you see the world in a different way, and want to treat those in it differently.

It's just wonderful.

Check out Matthew Quick's very 90's-looking website here. And read up on his young-adult novels, which have all won quite a bit of acclaim as well.

Please head over to Amazon, or your local library and grab this novel right now. Tell them Hank Baskett sent you.

(And yes, I know the movie comes out on dvd in like a week - read the book first!)

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