Highly Illogical Behavior
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.
though I read this in a couple of days, I actually put this off. and since it's so hot and i can't sleep properly I actually read it quickly than I expected. But it wasn't the heat that kept me from sleeping, it definitely was this book! and i am regretting i put this off.
I am in love with it! I love the characters, the plot, the flow of the story and just everything about it! ... except for the little itty bitty thing that I thought was left unanswered for me.
Anyway, the plot was cray for me. there's this girl who wants to fix a mentally ill person. yeah the girl is cray. and it sounds so wrong in so many levels. but i think Sol's story is the one that makes it more enticing! and Sol's the one that makes the plot so good!
As the story goes on, there's this beautiful friendship that's formed and I cannot help but feel for all of them.
The characters are superb! Besides Sol, Lisa, and Clark, there are these minor characters that shine very much. Sol's parents and Grandma are so cool! and I understand that because my parents are awesome too. The main characters though are just hands down amazing. Though Sol has mental illness, the author made it clear that he is still a functioning human being. And that made me realize that it's the same for real people with mental illness too. I swear! this is why i love reading books, i get a glimpse of other people's lives even though it is a fiction book. Anyway, it also shows that sometimes the normal people are the ones that have something wrong with them.
the story flow is so good. I feel like I'm in Sol's house too. Like I was part of there little group playing games and watching TV. and when we are getting to the climax of the story, I was almost tearing up. My eyes were getting wet because of the feels. i got totally emotionally invested in the book. and that doesn't happen often! i even had my phone ready to snap photos of those quotes that speak so much to me.
This book was just truly beautiful! and this could be a competitor for the best reads I have for the year.
And since it's John Corey Whaley writing, he throws curveballs. And those curveballs just went straight to my heart like it was the catcher's glove.
I'm so happy I read it. It's perfect for the summer and it's perfect for Pride month!
~ perfect for Pride month
~ amazing friendship book
~ the story flow though!
~ the quotes are amazing
~ made me realize something about people with mental illness
Extreme agoraphobia is not so easy to fix, Lisa’s boyfriend isn’t loving this project idea, and Lisa’s college essays are on a deadline. Heartwarming hilarity ensues, with enough poignancy besides to tear at your heartstrings.
This one earns top marks from both Dragon Authors. Well done, sir. Well done.
Solomon is a sixteen year old boy with acute agoraphobia – he hasn’t left his home in three years, ever since he had a severe panic attack on his first day of high school which resulted in him stripping down and jumping into the school fountain. Solomon spends his days doing homework online, reading books and watching T.V. His parents and grandmother are his only friends and he is happy, if only a little lonely. Lisa is a dedicated senior who is determined to get into the second best psychology program in the country – and to make a lasting impression on her college of choice, she decides to befriend Solomon, “fix him” and write an essay detailing her success. Clark is Lisa’s boyfriend, her opposite in every way. He is content to just go with the flow but finds himself dragged into Lisa’s scheme.
I was a bit hesitant to read Highly Illogical Behaviour, mainly because I didn’t like the fact that Lisa wanted to “fix” Solomon. I feel like that sends a poor message to those who are dealing with mental illness. As I was reading the book, this feeling came up a few times. It took a while for me to place this issue at the back of my mind, but once I did, I quite enjoyed the novel.
Solomon was an interesting character. His chapters were very raw and realistic – it really opened my eyes to the pressure of anxiety. When Solomon related how terrifying it was to even think about leaving the house, I was on the verge of tears. Despite the fact that he couldn’t go outside, Solomon was a very relatable character and I think that has to do with his frank discourse. He was very aware of his problems. His parents were supportive and I was happy they didn’t treat him like a child, but rather like an adult who had made a conscious decision. They respect his choice, but still find ways to help him. He has a strong relationship with his parents and genuinely enjoys spending time with them.
Clark was a sweetheart and his addition to the friendship group complicates matters, as Solomon gets a crush on him. He was such a dorky nerd, like Solomon, and that is how he and Solomon bond. They quickly become best friends, but Lisa gets jealous because she believes that Clark is secretly gay and in love with Solomon, because he won’t have sex with her. Don’t be put off, there’s no love triangle. Just a lot of teenage angst, confusion and friendship, the dynamics of which could be quite complex. I also have to say I enjoyed reading Clark’s views on sex: he doesn’t want to sleep with Lisa simply because he is not ready. I think that was a very refreshing take on a teenage boy’s attitude to sex – usually, the boys are the ones trying initiate sex, but that doesn’t happen here and I was glad.
While I adored Clark and Solomon, Lisa really got on my nerves. She is very ambitious and focussed, which I admire, but she can’t differentiate between good and bad. She does the wrong thing but thinks it’s for the right reasons, so that makes it ok in her mind, even though it most definitely is not. I also didn’t like her belief that because Clark didn’t want to have sex with her, he must be gay. There were many occasions where she tried to convince Clark to sleep with her, even though it was very obvious he didn’t want to, and I was left feeling very uncomfortable. Lisa is redeemed at the end of the novel, but that didn’t make me like her any better. I feel like she was an unsympathetic character the whole way through and reading her chapters made me grit my teeth.
I did not particularly like the writing. It was very simple, just a whole lot of “My name is Solomon and I’m sixteen and I’m agoraphobic.” It felt like I was being told something, as opposed to reading it. I guess that accounts for Solomon’s chapters, due to his personality and mental illness, but it doesn’t for Lisa’s. It takes a while to assimilate to the style but it does make for a quick and easy read. There were moments of seriousness mixed in with quirkiness and hilarity: at times, these scenes flowed and worked well, but sometimes they didn’t and that meant I couldn’t connect properly with the story, especially Lisa’s chapters.
In the end, Highly Illogical Behaviour was quite an average novel. There were times I really enjoyed myself, and other times I wanted the book to just be over already. However, the book’s focus on the importance of friendship and support was communicated very wonderfully.