June Buzz Book:
Highly Illogical Behavior
by John Corey Whaley
What the Teen Press Corps Is Saying:
Highly Illogical Behavior is a great read for those who enjoyed Jennifer Nieven’s All the Bright Places, but I would go ahead extend that recommendation to anyone; you should all read this book. Whaley has done a fantastic job and as soon as I started, I couldn’t put the book down. The characters are adorable and funny and so, so sweet. I fell absolutely in love with them throughout the book. The dialogue was witty and great, and, overall, was one of my favorite things. The entire premise of the book is wonderful and real with the important emphasis this book puts on mental illness.
-Katie, Teen Press Corps
About the Book:
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.
“Chapters alternate between Sol’s and Lisa’s third-person narrations and brim over with warm, witty, authentic dialogue. 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
“With plenty of geekery, charming repartee, and fairly realistic teen drama, this will have wide appeal among readers of contemporary fiction.”—Booklist
“What’s particularly wise is the way the book gives every character both privilege and limitations and moves beyond them to make this a story about friendship, missteps, and forgiveness.”—BCCB