Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimism--and her way of life, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope?
With an oddball cast of characters, and a heartwarming, inspiring story, this novel unveils a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope. The world is Amber's stage, and Amber is, well...she's sorta like a rock star. True? True.
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.