Highly Illogical Behavior

Highly Illogical Behavior

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Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that-- and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dial Books, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780525428183
Branch Call Number: YAF WHALEY, JOHN
Characteristics: 249 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 27, 2019

I would advise anyone to read this book. It is highly anticipating and makes you tear up. I thoroughly enjoyed the non-predictable aspect . This is an amazing read!

Aug 17, 2018

I enjoyed this story a lot. There were always parts to get me hooked and I loved Solomon's character. One thing though, I completely felt like the ending was too rushed.

Dec 28, 2017

If you liked _A Secret Garden_ when you were younger, you'll probably like _Highly Illogical Behavior_. It's essentially the same story, just updated with high school characters and a twenty-first century setting. Lisa is the Mary-type character. She is a bit self-centered and overbearing, but deep down she has a good heart. Clark is the Dickon analog; he is caring and unassuming. Lisa and Clark meet and befriend Solomon, who plays the Colin role. Solomon's agoraphobia has kept him house-bound for three years, but Lisa and Clark hope to convince him to come outside--not to a secret garden, but to a new swimming pool. The characters experience ups and downs, but they ultimately build a strong friendship that sees them through a number of crises at the end of the book. An added bonus for me was the great cover art.

Sep 17, 2017

I really enjoyed this novel. The writing is very smooth and easy to read, and John Corey Whaley does a good job of translating particular emotions and exactly what he wants to say into words and on to paper. I particularly liked the portrait he painted of each character, and the relationships between them. The story felt real, sad, and honest. Highly Illogical Behavior is similar to Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl (but better), of TFIOS (but not so heavy). I highly recommend teens to pick this up!

Aug 01, 2017

Great book !! Finished in 2 days. Never a boring moment. Nice surprises, touching story.

JCLCourtneyS Jan 19, 2017

I feel like I learned a lot while reading this book--about the world, about myself, about how people treat each other. I loved getting to know the characters, and found myself chuckling several times at the humor.

ArapahoeStaff1 Nov 21, 2016

If you ever wanted to get a glimpse of what it means to be agoraphobic, then this book is for you. Whaley is consistently funny and serious in meaningful ways to make each story compelling, emotional, and the best books you'll ever read. Not only will you learn about what it's like to be afraid of going outside, you'll get a glimpse at what it's like for someone who totally doesn't get it--but is sure they can fix someone with this phobia. They're a trainwreck--but it's a beautiful story about learning to understand, love, and forgive.

ArapahoeStaff2 Sep 11, 2016

I loved this one because of the complex characters, even Lisa who starts off as a pretty unlikeable character. Great for discussion about mental illness, and an interesting realistic fiction read.

Jul 12, 2016

I was a little put off in the beginning by the very casual style of writing (for example, "Oh, and he said his thoughts aloud sometimes" and "Get it? Of course, you do" written into the narration). Those two examples are as bad as it gets and the book improves from there. Other than that minor complaint, I think it's a great book about a mental illness that not many people understand. Kudos to John Corey Whaley for writing a relatable story with an endearing plot that will help some readers understand anxiety a bit more.

KateHillier Jul 11, 2016

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would and that's even considering anything even remotely related to Star Trek gets my attention immediately.

In this novel we meet Solomon Reed, an agoraphobe who hasn't set foot outside his house in three years after a very public breakdown at his middle school. He's happy in his house with his parents and grandparents, doing his schooling online and watching movies and Star Trek.

Enter Lisa, who very badly wants to leave town on an scholarship to a prestigious university. She decides fixing Solomon is her way to do that and inserts herself into his life - inserts herself and her boyfriend Clark too. What Lisa does is morally reprehensible and that is not shied away from but it does do Solomon some good in spite of it. Then there's Clark, who really really clicks with Solomon much to Lisa's worry.

It is a gut wrenching, poignant, funny, and quick read. What mental health issues are addressed here are done with care and so are the other issues like relationships (friendly and otherwise), sexuality, family dynamics, and all that good stuff.

Even if you don't get the Star Trek bits of it (there's actually not all that much), it's worth a read.

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