Halfway House Author:Katharine Noel One day, Angie Voorster — diligent student, all-star swimmer, and Ivy League-bound high school senior — dives to the bottom of a pool and stays there. In that moment, everything the Voorster family believes they know about one another changes. — Set in a small town in New Hampshire, Halfway House is the story of Angie's psy... more »chotic break and her family's subsequent turmoil. Each of her family members responds differently to the ongoing crisis: Her father Pieter, a professional cellist, retreats further into his music; her mother begins a destabilizing affair with a younger man; her younger brother, Luke, first pushes away from her then later drops out of college to be closer to her.
Though the Voorsters manage for a time to maintain a semblance of the normalcy they had "before," it is not until Angie is finally able to fend for herself that the family is able to truly fall apart and then regather itself in a new, fundamentally changed way.« less
As someone with Bipolar Disorder, this book was very interesting. It didn't match the way that I feel but I could still understand the struggles this girl faces. There are not nearly enough books written about mental illness! A must read for anyone interested in mental health...very insightful.
Although it has some problems with addressing all of the facets of the main character's mental illness, this book accurately depicts the turmoil and emotional upheaval a family endures when a member suffers from Bipolar Disorder. Although I have Bipolar Disorder, myself, I found bits and pieces of Angie's manias unbelievable. Most of the description of the thoughts and the actions, though, were dead-on. The writer didn't explore Angie's depressions well, either. That part seemed to be omitted, completely.
This novel's strength lies in the telling of the effects of mental illness on those who love and care for the patient. This is the story of a family slowly and methodically torn apart in different ways. One character never moves on with life, another moves in a direction completely unexpected, another prefers to deal with the situation by maintaining the status quo. The main character, herself, learns to accept and deal with it in a courageous and eventually responsible way.
This is enjoyable and moves at a moderate pace. The writing is extraordinary at times.