Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health, Glbt
Publisher: Dial Books
Rating: 4.5 stars
Synopsis: 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 how can she prove she deserves a spot there?
Solomon is the answer.
Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa thrusts herself into his life, introducing him to her charming boyfriend Clark and confiding her fears in him. Soon, all three teens are far closer than they thought they’d be, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well.
My opinion on the book:
I’m never sure when i read books that deal with mental illness, mostly because i’ve read so many books where you can see the author has no real idea what they are talking about and everything turns out amazing just because the book needs a happy ending.
Luckily enough this book is not that kind of book. Sure, it has some moments that felt a little too ooc for me, but most of the time i felt like the mental illness and Sol’s feelings were nailed. Yeah, sure maybe it only reminds me of me and no one else actually feel like this, but for me it worked perfectly.
So,let’s talk about the story.
Sol is a teenager suffering from agoraphobia (and panic attacks and anxiety), when he was younger he suffered from an attack that made him recluse himself in his house. Three years later he hasn’t left the house and he is not planning on doing it, ever again.
Enter Lisa, a girl that at the time was present when Sol had the panic attack at school and hadn’t forgotten him. Now, while finding his mom is a dentist, she creates a plan that will help her get into the college she wants by getting Sol out of the house.
Now she will do anything to make it work, “being his friend” so she can evaluate him and eventually help him.
Sure, there’s one really bad idea there, i don’t think her intentions were good and in my opinion she is the one with the most illogical behavior in the book, but it will work out ina better way that expected, obviously because otherwise we wouldn’t have a coming of age story.
One of the things i liked the most about the book was the author’s writing. It felt real enough, like even though Lisa’s idea it’s nuts,this is a plausible thing. This characters made sense within the contect of the story.
The characters were very likable, like seriously, i have a crush on Sol. Apart of the fact that at some moments i felt like his actions were ooc, but what to i really know about agoraphobics? the three main characters; Lisa, Sol and Clark (Lisa’s boyfriend) had a very good dynamic.
The only thing i didn’t like much was a sub-plotline that even though the idea was good, and more realistic than in many other books the outcome felt ooc.
I cannot really explain it much without spoiling things… i’ll just say that for a person like Sol, shy, panicky and such, the reaction he had to what had happened was very unlikely, or at least as much as i see myself reflected on the character, that’s not how i would have reacted.
Anyway… i really enjoyed the book, as you can see i gave it 4.5 stars. I liked theway the author writes and i’m sure i’ll be checking up his other works pretty soon. I totally recommmend the book to people that enjoy books in which characters deal with mental illness, i think it’s true enough and the story was told very well.
Have you read the book? if so, what were your impressions on it?! please share them 🙂
‘Til Next Time 😉