I recently finished reading The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. I really enjoyed this book. Although it’s fairly apparent what the plot is going to be pretty much from the first page, it’s written in such an engaging style with such likable and believable characters you get drawn in to the story.
The story follows the recovery of Pat, who is suffering from mental health problems following the breakdown of his marriage. The breakdown has transformed Pat, and despite his problems (including a perfectly understandable aversion to singer Kenny G) he is recovering. The story contrasts the slightly immoral personalities of the ‘sane’ people in his life with the higher physical and mental standards Pat now feels he has to attain and maintain in order to win back his wife. That makes it sound rather worthy and heavy going, but it’s a very funny book and light and easy reading while at the same time managing to ask that old question ‘what does sanity actually mean?’