Title: Highly Illogical Behavior
Author: John Corey Whaley
Genre: Young Adult, Mental Health, LBGBT
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: May 10th 2016
Hardcover: 256 Pages
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.
Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But how can she prove she deserves a spot there?
Solomon is the answer.
Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa thrusts herself into his life, introducing him to her charming boyfriend Clark and confiding her fears in him. Soon, all three teens are far closer than they thought they’d be, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well.
5 out of 5 stars to Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley. This book well deserves five stars and even more. Excellent book about mental health and friendship told by Solomon Reed and Lisa Praytor.
Solomon Reed hasn’t left his house in three years since an incident that occurred in middle school where he took his clothes off and ran into the fountain. Solomon Reed is agoraphobic (an anxiety disorder that often develops after one or more panic attacks) and a Star Trek fan.
Lisa Praytor is seeking to get into a psychology program at Woodlawn University to leave Upland, CA where she resides. She decides to find Solomon Reed and “fix” him to write her essay for admissions on her personal experience with mental illness. However, she and her boyfriend Clark end up becoming good friends with him.
Family matters in this story. We have Solomon’s parents who are awesome they are very accepting and not too overbearing. They have the same jokes and sense of humor as Sol and you will like them as much as Sol. We also meet Sol’s grandmother who he is very close to. I loved having his grandmother present in the story because she wasn’t just briefly mentioned, she was actually a character who had dialogue and came over. So, strong familial relationships are very present! Especially with Sol and his grandmother, she talks about her deceased husband, you can really see the bond they have.
Mental illness is portrayed spot-on in this story. From JCW’s personal experience with panic attacks, he describes Sol’s panic attacks and anxiety in depth each time they occur. Personally, I have never experienced panic attacks, and so it was very helpful (and fantastic) to have the descriptive scenes when Sol would have an attack. That was one of my favorite parts about this book because I was also getting educated on what it is like to have a panic attack, even severe ones.
For Lisa and Clark, they are important characters in this story. They have really helped Sol and showed him friendship and helped him with his anxiety. Clark becomes a mildly important character within this story. As for him and Lisa, they go through struggles in their relationship and we see that unfold.
Overall, I enjoyed this book so so much. I never wanted it to end. This is another JCW book I have rated 5 stars, it definitely deserves it. It was such a great story and everyone needs to read it. So, if you were hesitant… GO READ IT!!
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