‘Silver Linings Playbook’ by Matthew Quick

I find something fascinating about mental characters.

I like their deep and shameless spirit, how they can be so honest and truthful at a time, but also deceitful and mean as soon as they get the chance.

They enjoy a particularly clear view of their own personal world.

Too bad that their own world is most of the times just a delusional place, only inspired by the real life world.

Writing about these people – and consequently reading about them – means to dig up the dirt and explore the most remote and deep feelings of the human kind, light up the dark spots and let out the monster under the bed.

After walking down that road – or I should say driving down that tunnel – with Charlie in ‘Perks of being a wallflower‘, I felt it was time to take a step forward in the process.

Let’s meet Pat Peoples, then.

Pat just got out of a psychiatric hospital and wants to get back on track. Life didn’t go as it should have, to him. But now he’s determined to get it right. Starting with the reconciliation with his wife Nikki – even though she’s basically the reason why he ended up in a psychiatric facility in the first place.

Well, to Pat People it simply doesn’t matter.

Pat knows that it will not be easy, but he’s also convinced – actually he knows for sure – that life is like a movie. He just has to stay positive, do everything he can and look for the silver linings and then – just then – his happy ending will come.

Because it always comes, eventually.

In the meantime, Pat is staying with his parents, getting fit, training to be nice, instead of right, and waiting for the end of apart time from Nikki.

All of this falls in the frame of the NFL championship. Pat is a huge Eagles’ fan and this is probably the only thing that could help him reconnect with his father, a hardhearted man whose mood is strongly related to Eagles’ football matches.

Something starts to change for Pat when he meets Tiffany, a young widow who’s probably even crazier than he is and who will unexpectedly open a channel to get to Nikki. Well, there’d be some conditions, of course. Something to do with dancing.

As strange as it is for Pat to do this dancing thing, everything is worth Nikki. And in Pat’s world, that’s exactly what dancing will do: it will take him to Nikki.

So let’s do whatever it takes, stay positive and look for the silver linings.

The happy ending will come. Eventually.

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