“This book came highly recommended to me by my best friends Isis and Hecate and I finally picked it up because I came across a copy of the DVD. Honestly, without their high recommendations it would not have been a book that I would pick up to read. I was a bit hesitant at the beginning because of the writing style. I thoroughly enjoyed that the book is written as Pat’s diary because you get to see the world through his eyes. What threw me, though, was that I felt Pat sounded too young for his age. It took me a while to realize that I wasn’t reading the ramblings of a teenager but a man in his mid thirties. I realize that Pat, going through all that he was going through, would sound the way he did, but it was something I had to get used to and later on enjoyed. It was just surprising to me at first.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the way things played out. I loved seeing the people through Pat’s eyes and seeing how he reacted to certain things. It was a fast paced read and I didn’t want to put it down. Like Pat I was hopeful for the happy ending and while it wasn’t a perfect ending at least it was believable. I loved Cliff, Pat’s therapist, and his connection with Pat through football as well as being there to help him with his mental instability. I hated Patrick who let the outcomes of football games govern his interactions with his family.
I think this was a great book to see what it’s like to live with a mental illness. When OT came to town to play against the Eagles many people called him OD because of his attempted suicide. Like Pat I was angry at his family and friends who called him OD (I think Cliff included) who for some reason could not figure out why it would bother Pat so much. Unlike my friends I didn’t connect to this book on a deep level like they have. I really enjoyed it and it is a great book but since I don’t have a mental illness it didn’t touch me on a deeply personal level. I loved it’s window into living with a mental illness and trying to understand how the mind works for people who do. It has definitely left me with a book hangover and I’m not sure I’ll be ready to read another book for a while. It was funny, heart-warming, sad and yet soul-satisfying.
It was a great book and I also highly recommend it for those who know people struggling with depression or other mental issues. It’s a great way to see a glimpse at what they might be going through and a way to better understand what life may be like for them.”
“Nonficiton”Kathleen H. wrote this review Monday, June 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this book. Normally, these types of storiesi avoid bc they make me sad or are too depressing, but this one was light hearted despite the many tough intense issues.such a great story, to slightly unbelievable, but great none the less. Definitely recommend.”Brianne wrote this review Sunday, June 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I could not put the book down. What a melancholy yet beautiful love story!
“Although this book was a bit strange, it was an interesting story and a really quick read.”StrawbariKari wrote this review Friday, June 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Oddly enough, the movie was much much better than the book. I gave it 3 stars”Terry wrote this review Sunday, June 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Overall very good, but I subtracted 1/2* for a few plot elements I didn't like. 3 1/2*”Sherry A wrote this review Thursday, May 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not believable. Characters not well developed. ”Mary G wrote this review Wednesday, May 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read the book first, then watch the DVD - coming to the Media Centre next term...”St Anne's Diocesan College wrote this review Tuesday, May 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read the book and watched the movie, not sure which version I liked better. The book was easy to get into and I liked reading about Pat, but it was a little boring in the middle. I liked Pat's relationship with his brother and his therapist in the book, but the movie played out a different version. I liked the ending better in the movie. The whole time I was reading this book I was thinking "What happened to Pat & Nikki???" I think that's why I wanted to get through the book - just to solve the Nikki mystery. Glad I read it and watched the movie. On to my next book....”Michelle S wrote this review Tuesday, May 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No