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Highly Illogical Behavior Hardcover – May 10, 2016
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Gr 9 Up—Solomon Reed, 16, has not left his house in three years. Regular panic attacks keep him from handling the outside. Yet he is a smart and resourceful teenager with a love for Star Trek, gratifying hobbies, and a supportive family. Solomon is being educated online and doesn't feel that any social life he might be missing is worth the mental anguish that daily life causes him to endure. However, he knows he can't live like this forever. Then Lisa Praytor, a vivacious and take-charge extrovert appears, wanting to be his friend. Lisa is convinced that she can treat Solomon's agoraphobia and get him outside. She is also convinced that the experience will help her write the best college essay and win a scholarship for a prominent psychology program. However, Lisa uncovers more than she expected as she and her boyfriend Clark get to know and grow close to the recluse. Sol's grandmother makes a grand gesture of building a backyard pool to encourage the boy's efforts to overcome his anxiety. What looks like a typical friendship story is blended with issues of trust, vulnerability, and identity. Solomon's agoraphobia is not the only thing that defines him, which speaks to the larger message about those living with mental illness. Each character has an authentic voice and temperament that feel realistic, and the alternating narratives capture the perspective of the bright, witty, and decidedly quirky protagonists. The spare writing makes this a taut, tender, and appealing read. VERDICT A logical choice for Whaley's fans, Trekkies, and sensitive readers of all stripes.—Briana Moore, School Library Journal
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“At a time when young adult literature is actively picking away at the stigma of mental illness, Whaley carves off a healthy chunk with style, sensitivity and humor. . . . ELECTRIFYING.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Tender and funny.”—People Magazine, Summer's Best Books of 2016
“Raw, funny, and unforgettable.”—Buzzfeed
“A charming, heartwarming, and profound affirmation of the importance of connection.”—The Huffington Post
“John Corey Whaley has never disappointed us before, and he carries on that tradition with his funny, heartfelt, and oh-so-JCW-style Highly Illogical Behavior.”—Bustle
*"Solomon's descriptions of his anxiety are achingly real..Readers will easily come to care about these bright, wonderfully nerdy, flawed characters."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Printz Award–winner Whaley (Where Things Come Back) again tackles heavy, heady topics with a light touch, populating his perceptive and quick-witted story with endearing, believably flawed teens."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The alternating narratives capture the perspective of the bright, witty, and decidedly quirky protagonists...A logical choice for Whaley’s fans, Trekkies, and sensitive readers of all stripes."—School Library Journal, starred review
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From the beginning, I related to Solomon on a really personal level. I'm not agoraphobic, but I have severe chronic pain, which means I have to spend most of my time in my house. If I want to participate, the world, for the most part, has to come to me. I'm also lucky like Solomon. A lot of people live with debilitating chronic illnesses, but they aren't privileged enough to have financial and/or emotional support systems. I'm really glad Whaley decided to talk about that a few times in the book - how lucky Sol is to have his great parents, how guilty he sometimes feels that his life *really isn't that bad* even though he lives with severe anxiety. It's a very complex intersection to be handicapped and privileged, and Whaley explores it with subtle perfection.
Anyways. That was my personal connection to the book.
Beyond that, all of the characters in here are amazing. By the end I was rooting for every single one of them. I want to be friends with them. I want to play board games and watch TV with them. Craft-wise, the pacing was perfection. The pages flew by, but I don't feel like a single scene was missing. Oh, and it was funny! Yes, this book made me cry, but like 95% of the time it made me laugh, and laugh/crying is my favorite emotion of all the emotions.
Okay. Rambling review comes to an end. Please read this book. I hope you love it as much as I did!
Solomon Reed appears to be severely flawed. He has a mental illness that has kept him inside his home for over three years.
Yet, Whaley shows that "damaged" and "normal" and "crazy" are relative terms. Solomon actually evolves the most in this narrative, and you'll instantly love him.
Yes, he's fragile, but he has swoon-worthy parents, his grandmother is hip-mazing, he's nerdy and funny...I mean, if you're going to be a shut-in, at least be as fun as Solomon.
And Lisa. You can sense her intensity from her first word, and you want to hate her once you see her desperation, yet you'll fall for her too. Because she has a story and reasons and she might not be as self-centered as she appears.
A few Things that made me like this book:
The characters are strong and easy to believe in. They are very different from each other, and that's something I really like. The book is full of good humor and gives you a good feeling. There is a lot of honesty in this book. It describes a panic attack perfectly, at least I think so. The characters show real emotions. There's a real story to this book, a meaning behind it and a satisfying end.
This book talks about angst and fear of the outside world in a way that is not depressing, but can help People understand those who struggle With stuff like Solomon. After Reading this book I felt ashamed of myself. I had a boy in class when I was 14 who was "different". He acted more or less like a child. I had a few classes alone With him because I struggled With Math. I felt bad because I had to have "extra classes" With a guy who was, well, not normal. But the guy was funny and kind. He was strange and I did not always get him, but I liked him. We could've been friend, but I was scared other People would think I was like him, lesser smart or something. Now, Solomon Reed from this book is not lesser smart. He doesn't have a syndrome, but the story still got me thinking that we have a way of seperating ourselves from those we think are different. The world should not be like that. We should be able to Accept everyone for who they are. We should be able to be friends.
I highly recommend this book! Give it a try.
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