What to say about “The Silver Linings Playbook”? Well, I watched the movie first, and I loved it! (It is a good movie… a bit different but still is a good movie) Then I thought that if I loved the movie so bad, I will love the book that much too, but to be honest, I do not know how to feel about this.
I love all the references and all the small analysis that Pat does to the books he reads. Sometimes, they are way too dark but to the point and other times, they are not that close to the target (But that may be just my opinion). I believe that “personal experience” will always make a book a good piece of literature. If one reads and feels identify with the characters or what the characters learn and experience like if the author were talking to you, let me tell you that that is art. The reader can sympathize with the characters. The readers can see the life of a real man and woman and real struggle. The whole circumstances make this book to feel so real that you can feel it beating in your hands while reading.
The style is simple but powerful. The constant repetition of certain parts of the text has a direct effect on the reader. It has this sense of annoyance and obsession well portrait. The use of the letters to communicate create a close relationship with the reader. The development and evolution of the main characters and the foil ones that enhance the flaws and strength of the main characters. Dynamic and round characters that reinforce the message of growing and learning. From the moralistic approach, this book teaches a good message: it takes time to heal the wounds, people do not change for someone else but for themselves, family is always there and it always should be there, real friends do everything for your benefit, and more importantly: for our obsessions we tend to miss the good things in life and the opportunities that life gives us.
Even though I was expecting the famous “You think I am crazier than you” burst of emotion coming from Tiffany, I do recommend this book for its characters charged of emotions, their intense relationships, and the glimpse of reality. The reality that one is unable to see if we were the main characters of our books or movies.
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