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Posted September 11, 2013
I loved this beautifully written story, told from alternating PO
I loved this beautifully written story, told from alternating POVs of a young widow and her 15 year old daughter after the suicide of their bipolar husband/father. Equilibrium touches on many subjects - mental illness, loss, grief, first love, second chances, and ultimately, hope. Thomson did an excellent job keeping the individual voices of the mother and daughter separate, the pacing is excellent, and by the time you reach mid-story, you'll wish you had a room to rent out, too ;) A solid choice for book clubs, and a great older YA to adult crossover selection.
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Posted October 24, 2013
EQUILIBRIUM is a thought-provoking page-turner about a family st
EQUILIBRIUM is a thought-provoking page-turner about a family struggling to deal with the stigma of suicide and the legacy of bipolar disorder. I love fiction that chips away at the stereotypes of mental illness, and I was thrilled that the author focused on the genetic component. (My genetic soup is full of mental illness!) Despite the dark subject matter, however, this is a very hopeful read. All of the characters are fabulous, but I think Darcy, the fifteen-year-old, is my favorite. She's so unexpected. I loved her voice and the contradictory decisions she makes throughout the story. She's a wonderful combination of troubled teen, grieving daughter, and old soul. And, on some level, this is her coming-of-age story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 19, 2013
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A family approaches the one year mark of the suicide of the father of the family and they are all handling this anniversary differently. The mother who pushed through his bipolar issues and fought to keep things from friends and their children is finally letting go of it all. The teenage daughter is running into the arms of the "bad boy" and must make some hard decisions that she may have avoided when her father was alive. Finally the young son is faced with the genetics of depression and life without a diagnosis.