The Silver Linings Playbook begins with Pat’s mom negotiating a deal to get him out of “the bad place” and move home with his parents. Pat has been in a mental institution and is trying to learn to be kind, rather than nice. Pat spends all of his time lifting weights in his parent’s basement, unless there is an Eagles game on or he is attending his mandatory weekly therapy session. Pat’s ultimate goal is to end apart time and reunite with his wife, Nikki. As part of this effort, Pat goes on a brisk 10-mile run each day. Soon, one of his neighbors, Tiffany, begins silently running behind him each day. As Pat tries to adjust to life outside of “the bad place” he beings to realize that things and people have changed more than he thought. The book follows Pat as he tries to improve himself enough so that he can get to his own silver lining.
Pat has a uniquely optimistic view on how the world should work. In Pat’s quest to improve himself he begins reading more. Often Pat is disgruntled with many of the literary classics because they do not end with the silver lining he thinks they should. (If you have not read books like The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter and The Bell Jar and plan to, tread carefully because Pat does reveal the end of these books and more.) There are many endearing characters in The Silver Linings Playbook who each make the book very readable. You find yourself rooting for several characters throughout the book.
Rated: High. A couple of Pat’s friends use very strong language. I don’t recall Pat, himself, ever using any mild language. There are more than 30 uses of strong language and an equal number of instances of mild language. There a few references to sex and brief conversations with sexual content, but these moments are fleeting and not graphic. There are two or three instances of strong language used in a sexual nature which does come off more jarring and graphic than that language otherwise would.