February 07, 2014 at 05:00 AM EST

The Good Luck of Right Now

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We gave it a B-

The Silver Linings Playbook author is back with another adult novel that reads like YA. The man-child at the center of this one (also slated to become a movie) is Bartholomew Neil, who goes on a journey of personal growth — which includes writing letters to Richard Gere and befriending local eccentrics — following his mother’s death. His adventures can be winningly madcap, but Quick tries too hard to crowd-please; the endless quirks get in the way of any real pathos. B-

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