Loving: The fact that FALL is approaching. I. CAN’T. WAIT. We’ll just forget about how old I’ll be turning in the middle of that fall, and concentrate on amazing weather, carving pumpkins, and everyone asking me “Where’s your costume?” on Halloween. Love it.
Testing: Nothing, no one. Well, except, I’m wondering how long it will take me to catch up in Degrassi. Can I do it before the new season premieres in October?
Laughing: Tim keeps telling me we’re going to get lunch together but that’s silly because homeboy isn’t eating real food anymore.
Recently released from a neural health facility (“the bad place”) and still recovering from a traumatic event that has been blocked from his memory, Pat is sure that he can find a silver lining in even the most challenging situation. He also believes he will reunited with the love of his life, his estranged wife, Nikki. Along the way, Pat tries to understand why his family seems to be hiding something from him, why Kenny G’s “Songbird” is one of the few things that makes him want to hit something, and why his new friend Tiffany thinks she can lure Pat away from Nikki. Tragically widowed and clinically depressed, Tiffany challenges Pat’s view of the world, raising poignant questions about hope and love.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I think it really helped that I had already watched the movie before I started reading the book and I kept picturing this:
I’ll admit, when I was reading it, the characters seemed slightly different to me. Especially Tiffany. Anyway, the book is so intelligently written and really hits the mental illness nail on the head. I didn’t expect to love the movie so much at the end of it, and the same was true for the book.
Book Club Questions:
1. Watch the movie or play favorite scenes from it. How does the film compare to the book? Were the actors the ones you would have chosen?
I 100% would have chosen Bradley Cooper for this role. He did such a wonderful job of playing Pat’s character. The obsessiveness, the denial — he portrayed it all perfectly. I don’t think that I would have chosen Jennifer Lawrence for the role of Tiffany after reading the book, but JL did a pretty decent job in the book. I just felt like she changed the character a bit.
2. How does the book redefine happy endings? What makes Pat so determined to believe that every cloud has a silver lining?
Pat is determined to have a happy ending with his wife, Nikki. He believes that everything can turn out okay, and he can’t cope with the events of his life without believing that.
3. Tiffany and Pat’s mother, Jeanie, have different approaches to his recovery. Tiffany believes that direct confrontation is best; Jeanie wants to protect Pat from anything that might upset him, including his brother’s marriage to Caitlin. Which approach is better?
I think a direct approach is better. I don’t think that someone can heal and move on without being aware of the truth, especially when these truths will eventually become known.
4. In “An Acceptable Form of Coping,” Cliff and Pat disagree about whether sad books should be required reading for students. Pat says that such books teach kids to be pessimistic. Cliff says, “Life is hard, Pat, and children have to be told how hard life can be…so they will be sympathetic to others.” What’s your opinion? What books were you drawn to when you were younger?
I agree with Cliff. I think that youth are naive and believe that things will always pan out, and they need to be taught to prepare for failure and unexpected bumps in the road. I think that I was drawn towards books with happy endings when I was younger, but now I have a greater appreciation for more realistic stories.
Would I recommend to a friend? Absolutely! Even if you’ve seen the movie.
Makeup | I’m loving my Lorac Pro palette! I felt like something was missing when I purchased the Lorac Pro 2 palette before, and I realized that the two palettes work so well together. I’m also obsessively using NYX blush in Bourgeois Pig. It’s very pigmented and a gorgeous bright pink. And finally, I’m using my beauty blender so much that I don’t know if I’ll ever want to use a foundation brush again (just kidding, I totally will).
Hair products | TIGI S Factor shampoo, conditioner, and flat iron spray. I’m obsessed. I’ve used it before, but I strayed for a bit because I didn’t want to pay the price, but I’m back to it, and I have to say… It feels good. It’s worth it. And it smells amazing.
Drink | Watermelon margaritas. They taste like jolly ranchers. YUM.
Food | Yeah, I’m still on a broccoli kick. That and rice.
Games | I might be addicted to the new Family Guy game. It’s arguably better than The Simpsons Tapped Out. I’ve also taken to playing QuizUp while I’m waiting… Of course, I play the TV category. The points and rankings make it addictive (#2 in Georgia for August speaking).
Songs | I think we’ve all established that we’re obsessed with “Shake it Off“. And if you’re too busy analyzing the dance moves, you missed the point.
Paper | These notebooks. I haven’t come across the striped one yet, but when I do… It’s mine.
Book | This is Where I Leave You. I really didn’t expect to get so caught up in this book. I’m actually not done with it, but it’s everything I can do to sleep instead of stay up all night to finish it. No spoilers!
TV | Still watching Degrassi: The Next Generation. I’m on season 7, although not for long. I really don’t know if I’m going to be tired of it any time soon, but I’m a little sad to know that I’ll have to put it on hold so I can keep up with all the fall TV that will be airing soon.