Surznick Reads: April 2015 - The Surznick Common Room

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Surznick Reads: April 2015

Last day of April! The year is flying (I know, I know, we say this every month.) Now that it's finally feeling like spring here in Pittsburgh, we've been spending more nights out with friends and less time snuggled up with a book, but we I still managed a couple reads this month, and here they are!

Sarah's Reads!

The Silver Lining's Playbook by Matthew Quick
From "Meet Pat Peoples. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending—the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being haunted by Kenny G!...As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut.'"

This book was awesome. I saw the movie a couple years ago and really enjoyed it (didn't everyone?), so when I found the book at Goodwill for a dollar, it was obviously coming home with me. This story is hilarious, painful, heartwarming, and lots of other emotions all rolled in to one. Every character has such a different personality and I love how well they're portrayed in the story. I re-watched the movie the morning after finishing the book and I have to say... the book is better. The movie was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, so that's saying something. There were a lot of differences between the book and the movie (or maybe I was being extra critical, having just finished the book), but either way, I think this is a must-read. I can't wait to read more from Matthew Quick too!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Paper Towns by John Green
From "When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q... until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q."

I definitely liked this book, but I didn't love it. I think that The Fault In Our Stars kind of ruined all other John Green books for me. This is a fun/cute story, but nothing mind-blowing or life-altering. It's a very quick and easy read. It's actually my book club selection for May, but I started it early and read it in only a couple days. Some parts were a little slow, but then there were others that were page-turners. The ending was a bit lackluster in my opinion, which is probably why I can't say I loved it. I am, however, very excited to see this movie when it comes out in July. I just have a feeling that I will enjoy the movie more than the book.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Nick's Reads!
... maybe next month.

Have a happy first day of May!

Sarah & Nick


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