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Highly Illogical Behaviour

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  12,175 ratings  ·  2,179 reviews

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

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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published June 3rd 2016 by Faber & Faber (first published May 10th 2016)
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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.
Raeleen Lemay
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, lgbtqia
After reading the book
Now THAT is what I'm talking about.

It has been so long since I've read a YA book that was this good. This was a hilarious, touching, real story about friendship, mental illness, and so many other things, and it was extremely well done.

This book has officially solidified John Corey Whaley as one of my favorite contemporary YA authors. He is three for three on writing amazing books, and I will literally read anything he writes from this day forward.

Before reading the book

YAY
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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
Laura
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Adam Silvera
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2016-reads
GENIUS. Duh.
Lola
3.5 stars

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
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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
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Jennifer Masterson
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
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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?
Riley
Actual rating: 3.5
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
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Jacqueline
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars

Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIUiX...

Really enjoyed this book! Flew through it and fell in love with the story and characters. Even though the book was extremely short I still felt satisfied with everything. Highly recommend picking this one up if you are looking for a YA realistic fiction with self discovery aspects!


***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.
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)

Short-Soundtrack:
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

Quote-Core:
"Sometimes it doesn’
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Larry H
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-to-read, arc
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 him
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Vitor Martins
Esse é um YA que tem um monte de coisa que eu gosto! Protagonista gay, coming of age e mental illness.

Ano passado li Noggin do mesmo autor, e apesar de ser bem divertido, não foi um livro que me fez morrer de amores. Por conta disso, as minha expectativas pra Highly Illogical Behavior estavam bem baixas. Só peguei pra ler porque achei a capa linda #prioridades

O livro trata bastante sobre síndrome do pânico, crises de ansiedade e agorafobia, e o autor consegue colocar a gente na pele do personage
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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
♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
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
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Kylie Amber
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
*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.
grace
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Video review to come!
Elyse Walters
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Also......
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
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Laura
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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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Nastassja
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 review), who trans
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Melina Souza
Esse é o tipo de livro que eu poderia, sim, ter lido em um dia. Os capítulos intercalam o ponto de vista de dois personagens - Lisa e Solomon - e a forma que com eles são escritos nos fazem querer saber logo o que vai acontecer no próximo. Mas decidi ler esse livro aos poucos e intercalando com outras leituras para fazer com que ele durasse bem mais.

Solomon é um garoto de 16 que não sai de casa há 3 anos (nem pra ir ao seu jardim) porque sofre de agorafobia. Lisa é uma garota ambiciosa que sonha
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Book Riot Community
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
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
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Gabby
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
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Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
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
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Stanislav Lozanov
Скоро не ми се беше случвало да прочета книга за по-малко от 24 часа.
Определено си заслужаваше чакането!
Видео ревю: https://youtu.be/uMeEH-x8Y5Y
Coreen  (AsThePlotThickens)
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.
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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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