Highly Illogical Behaviour
Sixteen year old Solomon has agoraphobia. He hasn't left his house in three years, which is fine by him. At home, he is the master of his own kingdom--even if his kingdom doesn't extend outside of the house.
Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to go to a top tier psychiatry program. She'll do anything to get in.
When Lisa finds out about Solomon's solitary existence, she comes...more
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 ...more
That was so very gripping.
The first time I attempted to read this novel, I couldn’t get past the annoying narration style, which makes us feel rather distanced from the characters.
But I decided I would give it a second chance, because the premise of this book is pretty original and curious.
I’m happy I did. It does take time to get used to the peculiar narration style, but once you do (that is, after a couple of chapters), the reading part becomes easier and you definitely start enjoyi ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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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*** ...more
9 out of 10
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Genre: contemp, YA, realistic fiction
Stuff: agoraphobia, queers, panic attacks
WOW: writing style, realism of the story, Sol
POV: 3rd-person, she/he
"Sometimes it do...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
'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! ...more
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 ...more
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.
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