Equilibrium

Equilibrium

by Lorrie Thomson
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Equilibrium 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
VeraciousRose More than 1 year ago
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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TalleyRoss More than 1 year ago
My second book this year on bipolar syndrome. Not nearly as uplifting as the first, but still an interesting and compelling read. Equilibrium tells the story of a family whose father suffered from bipolarism, eventually taking his life. The family is left to deal with the aftermath, the guilt, the anger, and the memories. As they try to reconstruct their lives and move forward, there are issues to deal with. While Equilibrium dealt realistically with family dynamics, I'm not sure the resolution satisfied. I was drawn into the family, and wanted to see healing and forgiveness. And while there was a measure of that - some aspects were to tidely resolved. Characters were developed well and likable, even the mouthy,rebellious, teenage daughter. The love interest was a little to cardboard in my opinion, and seemed to be a bit naive in his dealings with a family suffering from the level of disfunction that existed in this one. The mother-daughter relationship was the most dynamic part of the novel. The writing for the most part was good - but there were moments of confusion when I couldn't quite understand what was happening or what the author was trying to convey. These moments weren't excessive and seemed mostly to be in the beginning of the book. I liked the story. It does have some language, but not gratuitously, and there was some teenage sexuality -not graphic and probably not unrealistic either considering what the family was dealing with. If you like books about family relationships, you might enjoy this one.
bclaypolewhite More than 1 year ago
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.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings 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.