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?
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.
I received a review copy from the publisher
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.