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Review: Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley
Published August 24, 2016 by Faber
RRP AUD $16.99

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?

Enter Lisa.

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.

Highly Illogical Behaviour is a wonderful story, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a roller-coaster ride through and through.

Not only is the book a snarky and heartwarming contemporary, but it deals with real life problems in a believable way. The role of Solomon’s anxiety wasn’t played around with or undermined and was kept serious throughout. I was rather intrigued by the blurb when I read that Lisa wanted to fix Sol, since he wasn’t broken? I understand how others don’t like Lisa that much, but I really didn’t mind her, because although she did have her own motives, she really just wanted to help Sol.

The characters all speak with their distinctive voices. I loves how supportive Sol’s family was, his parents were amazing, and so was his grandmother! She was my favourite family member. Clark surpassed all of my expectations, and was just a lovely character.
The style of writing is easy to follow, and I think the book’s representation of mental illness was quite realistic, and I felt Sol’s panic attacks were written to be quite serious, however, I’m by no means an expert on the topic, so please don’t yell at me if I’m wrong.
The ending was quite abrupt and left me wanting more, I would’ve loved to read more on what happened afterward. Because it was quite a short book, I felt there was room to expand further.

I received a review copy from the publisher




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 zombies…). He taught public school for five years and spent much of that time daydreaming about being a full-time writer…and dodging his students’ crafty projectiles. He is terrible at most sports, but is an occasional kayaker and bongo player. He is obsessed with movies, music, and traveling to new places. He is an incredibly picky eater and has never been punched in the face, though he has come quite close. One time, when he was a kid, he had a curse put on him by a strange woman in the arcade section of a Wal-Mart. His favorite word is defenestration. His favorite color is green. His favorite smell is books. He currently lives in Southern California.


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