Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mother's boyfriend kicked them out, she, her mom, and her awesome dog have been camped out in the back of the school bus her mom drives. Amber's too proud to ask for help, so, instead of dwelling on the bad stuff, she surrounds herself with a zany cast of characters.
Amber carefully balances her homelessness, her alcoholic mother, and her quirky circle of friends until her mother is murdered, and her optimism and joy for life is destroyed. But just when Amber thinks she can't recover, the people whose lives she's touched come together and bring joy and hope back into her life.
Debut YA author Matthew Quick creates a beautifully beaten-up world of love, friendship, and faith. Written with a quirky, distinct voice, this novel will break your heart but build it up again, and leave you with joy and hope. The world is Amber's stage, and Amber... well, she's sorta like a rock star.
Praise for The Silver Linings Playbook: Honorable mention for PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction
"[This] offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser."--Publishers Weekly
"Its judicious blending of pop-culture experience with richly persuasive characterizations (including a beautiful indirect one of Pat's overburdened mom) make the book a winner. A first novel that doggedly does its own thing (we're reminded of Frederick Exley's A Fan's Notes). Most readers will find Pat just about irresistible." --Kirkus
"More than a promising debut or an inspiring love story, this novel offers us the gift of healing." --Roland Merullo, author of A Little Love Story
"This is a funny, touching performance on the part of Mr. Quick-and the beginning, I hope, of a big career." --Dave King, author if The Ha-Ha
"Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, this is a wonderful debut." --Justin Cronin, PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author of Mary And O'Neil and The Summer Guest
"[A] charming debut novel... Mr. Quick guides the reader through the mounting tensions--a braiding of hope, illusion, befuddlement, and newly discovered truths." -- Wall Street Journal—
—School Library Journal
Matthew Quick (aka Q) is the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, The Good Luck of Right Now, and four young adult novels, Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, and Every Exquisite Thing. His work has been translated into thirty languages, and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. The Weinstein Company and David O. Russell adapted The Silver Linings Playbook into an Academy Award winning film. Q lives in North Carolina with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Besette.