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?
Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same.
I just finished Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley.
The book follows two characters.
One of them being Solomon, who has not left his house in more than three years. He is agoraphobic, which means he fears being in public.
The book also follows a girl name Lisa. Lisa aspires to be a psychiatrist, and she knows that the only way she will be able to be accepted into a good college is to find someone she can help. To her, that’s Solomon.
As Solomon, Lisa, and Clark (Lisa’s boyfriend) spend time together in Sol’s house, they all seem to build unimaginable feelings.
What I loved about this book was how it seemed to tackle such an important issue, mental illness, in such a graceful way. Even though Solomon has his issues, the book shows how he is just a normal teenager.
When society views people who suffer from mental illness, it is often believed that these people are abnormal; however, the book sends a strong message against this ideal.
John Corey Whaley’s use of humor throughout the book made it worthwhile, I have a hard time saying anything negative about it. The ending seemed a bit abrupt; however, I sometimes find myself believing that an cliffhanger ending is the best type of ending.
If you are looking for something original (and funny) to read, this is the book for you.
HAPPY (soon to be) SUMMER!!!