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Highly Illogical Behavior

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  14,895 ratings  ·  2,502 reviews
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 is ambition alone enough to get her in?

Enter Lisa.

Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soo
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Dial Books
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I really liked where this story ended up, but I had issues along the way. It was nice to see how each of the characters had grown throughout the story. They're all pretty flawed, but they all grew a little in their own ways. My main issue lied with the climax of the story. To me it just kind of felt a little over the top and unnecessary. ...more
C.G. Drews
To say I was super nervous to read this is like an understatement. I WAS SUPER SUPER NERVOUS TO READ THIS. Why? Because (A) anxiety is a very complex topic to get right, and (B) the blurb says that one of the characters is attempt to "fix" the other which nope nope nope, and (C) I read Noggin by this author and was not impressed....oh and (D) I read another book about agoraphobia which was horrendous and mocking and it just kind of scared me. (I suppose here is where I also say that I, too, have ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Highly Illogical Behavior is a sweet coming of age story that dives into topics of agoraphobia, anxiety disorders, and accepting who we are. John Corey Whaley does so blending humor with heart while being sure to write with a touch of empathy that readers will also experience.

The book is written in third person and told in alternating perspectives between Solomon and Lisa.

Solomon is a sixteen year old boy with agoraphobia. He hasn’t left the house in three years. Not since the fountain panic a
Adam Silvera
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2016-reads
Whitney Atkinson
3.5 stars

This was pretty enjoyable! I think this is the second book I've read by John Corey Whaley, and I can't help but thinking that his books don't live up to the hype for me. I didn't enjoy Where Things Come Back very much, and this one just missed the target for me a bit, too. I was super interested to read a book about a gay main character with anxiety, and I knew that JCW would write this realistically because he has personal experience with both of these life phenomenons. I just was supe
Jennifer Masterson
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, audio
4.5 Completely Adorable Stars for "Highly Illogical Behavior" by John Corey Whaley!!! Young Adult is not my genre of choice so 4.5 says a lot about this book!

"Highly Illogical Behavior" is about Solomon Reed, a 16 year old who hasn't left his house in three years. Solomon has agoraphobia due to anxiety and panic disorder. He has no friends until one day an old classmate of Sol's, Lisa, comes into his life. Sol's mother is Lisa's new dentist. Lisa has a boyfriend, Clark, who seems to enjoy spendi
The problem with books about deliberately annoying characters doing intentionally annoying things is that they're still annoying.

This, for example, is about an annoying teenaged girl who decides to use a gossiped-about mentally ill peer, deciding she will ~fix him~ in order to write a kickass application essay to...psychology school.

This is a not good thing. The author knows that, the reader knows that, the characters either know or come to know that.

That doesn't make it more fun to read about.

April (Aprilius Maximus)
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, anxiety
I related to this book so, so much and really loved it, but it didn't blow me away or anything and I'm trying not to give out five stars willy nilly, ya know? ...more
Trina (Between Chapters)
The main character of this book is gay and has agoraphobia (a type of anxiety disorder that causes the person to never, or rarely leave their home), and the author is writing from experience with both.

This was a nice look at how anxiety can affect socialization. It also shows common misconceptions the world has about mental illness through the character of Lisa who wants to "fix" Solomon. There isn't a super hard-hitting message here, but there doesn't have to be. It's just a look into a life. I
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars

Video Review:

Really enjoyed this book! Flew through it and even though the book was extremely short I still felt satisfied with everything.

***I was sent this book by Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review, all opinion are my own***
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was absolutely delightful. I just finished it and I'm honestly tempted to pick it right back up and read it again. So, so good. Perfect mix of of seriousness and laughter. I'm so impressed by this little story. ...more
Larry H
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, first-to-read
After reading his third book (following Where Things Come Back and Noggin ), I'm seriously becoming a John Corey Whaley groupie. Not that I wasn't already a huge fan, but I absolutely fell in love with the heart and humor of this book, and as always, his writing is funny and sensitive and warm without being too clever.

Solomon Reed is 16 years old. He hasn't left his house in three years, since a panic attack compelled him to sit in the fountain at his school until his parents came to take
Katerina  Kondrenko
9 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
(please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)

Jason Mraz – Life is wonderful
Coldplay – Don't Panic
Gavin Degraw – Free

Genre: contemp, YA, realistic fiction
Stuff: agoraphobia, queers, panic attacks
WOW: writing style, realism of the story, Sol
POV: 3rd-person, she/he
Love-Geometry: seeming

"Sometimes it
Elyse  Walters
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I liked "Noggin" a lot....
I liked "Highly Illogical Behavior" even more!!!! ...(both are Young Adult books)

Have you ever tried to 'fix' someone? Try to help a person with a problem? How'd it turn out?
It can be exhausting expending energy giving advice, trying to help others. At times our advice is not empowering or effective.
What if you're enjoying a new friend or friends...(six month investment),
You're excited. You're sure they're excited.
Then,.... 'something happens'. You feel hu
Andrew Smith
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrew by: Elyse Walters
Shelves: y-a
Solomon is a 16-year-old boy who hasn’t ventured out of his house in three years. He suffers from agoraphobia and had a severe meltdown one day at school. He has wonderful parents, and an energetic and fun loving grandma. He now settled to the fact that he may never leave the house. Lisa witnessed the school meltdown and it affected her. When she finds out, one day, that his mother is a local dentist she hatches a plan to make contact with Solomon. She does, however, have her own agenda for this ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewing books that have as their main topic mental illness is always very hard for me. This book felt so real and kudos to the author for the fine job she did describing Solomon's little world.

Solomon, a fragile teenager, suffers from agoraphobia. He hasn't been outside his house in three years. He has no friends and he spends his days reading, playing games or watching his favourite TV show, Star Trek.

Lisa, an ambitious teenager, enters Sol's life with the purpose to gain a scholarship, using
Kylie Amber
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
*3.5 Stars*

This audiobook was very enjoyable and fast to get through.
The book was good but nothing was truly special about it. I liked Clark and Sol but I feel like I really would have wanted some more details in what is going on.

I also hate the trope of helping people or dating people to benefit your own situation and then the person finding out later on.
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Just when I’m starting to think I can slowly move on from the YA genre, another book leaps out at me to remind me that I’m probably in for the long haul and why shouldn’t I be if I’ll get to read books like Highly Illogical Behavior which I have been meaning to read since its release but you know me, I only get my hands on new releases three to four years later when they’re already up on sales so there you go.

But the long wait is totally worth it because this is yet another wonderful, memorable
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Video review to come!
Closer to a 4.5 stars
“We’re just floating in space trying to figure out what it means to be human.”
I absolutely adore this book. This is my second time reading a John Corey Whaley book and my second time loving a John Corey Whaley book. I think this one is my new favorite from him. Highly Illogical Behavior follows Soloman who is an agoraphobic who suffers from really bad anxiety attacks and he hasn't left his house in three years. This story blends humor and heart and handles Soloman's mental i
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Highly Illogical Behavior. Hmmm…I can honestly say I’ve never acted or participated in any form of illogical behavior. Ha! Yeah right. Sometimes illogical is the only way to go.

Meet Solomon Reed, a sixteen year old with agoraphobia, who hasn’t left his house in three years. After an epic public meltdown in junior high involving a water fountain and his underwear, Solomon disappeared. That was the last anyone saw of him until Lisa Praytor made it her mission to find and fix him. Lisa is an over a
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I haven’t cheered for a loveable geek this hard since reading Ready Player One. In Whaley’s latest, readers are introduced to Solomon, an agoraphobic teenager who loves nothing more than watching Star Trek and laying down in his faux holodeck in his family’s garage, and a girl named Lisa who thinks she can “fix” him. Right away, you can see the problem, and as Lisa tackles this mission for entirely selfish reasons, the two of them grow close, and the result is hilarious, heartbreaking, and impos ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary YA
Recommended to Nastassja by: Katerina Kondrenko
“We’re just floating in space trying to figure out what it means to be human.”

“He was afraid of the world, afraid it would find a way to swallow him up. But, maybe everyone was sometimes.”

I am not a fan of contemporary genre and therefore read such books rarely, but after I've picked Highly illogical behavior, I regret nothing, because it is one of the sweetest coming of age stories I've read in a while. And thanks to my dearest friend Kat (click on the name to read her r
rachel ☾
4.5 stars

I recently read Whisper to Me and fell in love not only with the characters and the story but its heart-wrenching portrayal of mental illness. I didn’t think I’d find the book to rival it for years, let alone a mere few weeks later. Highly Illogical Behaviour in almost every way completely the opposite to that story but what ties these two books together is their portrayal of mental illness - agoraphobia coupled with a panic disorder in this story - in the most realistic and raw way pos
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
Originally posted on Super Space Chick:

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley is the kind of book that makes me want to get on a rooftop and scream about how much I love it (but since that sounds dangerous, I’ll just gush about it here in my review). Highly Illogical Behavior is told in dual perspectives and it follows a 16 year old boy named Solomon who suffers from panic induced agoraphobia and 17 year old Lisa who is determined to cure him and write a brilliant essay about her experie
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My god I hated this book. I hated this book with such a passion that it's probably unhealthy. There are so many people saying that it's a great contemporary but I just can't see how they could enjoy this. Allow me to explain.

So I went into this book with fairly high hopes. It's not often that a book handles topics like anxiety or agoraphobia so I was hoping for a masterpiece to show the world that these issues are real and they occur more often than you think. These hopes were smashed within the
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
review to come! It'll be freaking fantastic consist of words like "this book is great" and "this is fucking awesome" HAHAHAHA that's sarcasm btw. I suck at book reviews. ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bulgarian review:

'Highly Illogical Behavior' was such a pure, beautiful story which i loved so much! I got into the book with almost no expectations, didn't even know what it was about and i was so surprised by how quickly i read it and how much i enjoyed it. Solomon is an amazing character, Clark too, he was such a good friend. I didn't like Lisa very much, i don't support her idea of 'fixing' someone but everything else was great! Loved it!
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Actual rating: 4.5

LOVE THESE CHARACTERS. I don't even understand all the Star Trek references but super adored their geeky quips anyway. Also, it's my first time reading about a protagonist suffering from agoraphobia and I think the portrayal was done so well. I officially need to read more books by John Corey Waley.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a book. Check out my video review here: ...more
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JOHN ‘COREY’ WHALEY grew up in the small town of Springhill, Louisiana, where he learned to be sarcastic and to tell stories. He has a B.A. in English from Louisiana Tech University, as well as an M.A in Secondary English Education. He started writing stories about aliens and underwater civilizations when he was around ten or eleven, but now writes realistic YA fiction (which sometimes includes zo ...more

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