Thursday, September 5, 2013

Equilibrium by Lorrie Thomson

Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 336
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  
In the year since her husband died, Laura Klein's world has shifted on its axis. It's not just that she's raising two children alone--fact is, Laura always did the parenting for both of them. But now her fifteen-year-old daughter, Darcy, is dating a boy with a fast car and faster hands, and thirteen-year-old Troy's attitude has plummeted along with his voice. Just when she's resigning herself to a life of worry and selfless support, her charismatic new tenant offers what Laura least expects: a second chance.

Darcy isn't surprised her mom doesn't understand her, though she never imagined her suddenly acting like a love-struck teen herself. With Troy starting to show signs of their father's bipolar disorder, and her best friend increasingly secretive, Darcy turns to her new boyfriend, Nick, for support. Yet Nick has a troubled side of his own, forcing Darcy toward life-altering choices.



Kritters Thoughts:  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.

It was interesting to take an inside look into a family a year after a major event like suicide has occurred and how each family member will handle it differently.  Instead of taking place before and just after, I liked the delay that gave some depth to the pain that the family was still dealing with long after the event happened.  

The book was full of family drama, but I just didn't feel like it went anywhere.  Character growth was big, although it wasn't enough for make me feel like this was a full novel.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more



Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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