Pat Peoples knows that life doesn’t always go according to plan, but he’s determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining. Most importantly, Pat is determined to reconciled with his wife Nikki.
Pat’s parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they’ve been keeping from him threaten to come out…
This book gives a great insight into how some people are feeling so many things that they can’t even cope with them all at once.
Pat can’t remember the reason why he went to the psychiatric hospital, all he knows is that he wants his wife back.
He also doesn’t realise how much time has passed while he was in there. The monotony of the same four walls and the same activities that he participates in warps his mental calculation on the passing of time.
His way of thinking is almost child-like. He struggles with the concept that Nikki isn’t coming back and he doesn’t understand why she went away in the first place.
Pat’s life becomes very basic once he is released from the psychiatric hospital and he enforces a routine on himself. He doesn’t do much apart from work out, watch sports games and go to his therapist.
He focuses on these things and tries to ignore the problems that he finds at home.
Tiffany seems like a bad influence on him and she has as many problems as Pat does.
But as the story goes on she becomes his friend and helps him to achieve things that he wouldn’t have even considered.
The internal confusion in Pat’s mind makes the reader as confused as he is and I guess that’s what the author was aiming for. You don’t realise what’s happening until he decided to tell us and there’s no possible way to guess the reason why he is like he is until it’s revealed to us as well as there are no hints what so ever.
Tiffany’s character is just as complicated as Pat’s. She has a past just like him but she knows what she did. She doesn’t try to hide from the world. She tries to hide from other things instead.
The combination of the two characters is surprisingly good and beneficial for both of them.