Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

26109391Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 10th, 2016
Publisher: Dial Books
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mental Illness, LGBT, Friendship

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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.


That was so very gripping.

The first time I attempted to read this novel, I couldn’t get past the annoying narration style, which makes us feel rather distanced from the characters.

But I decided I would give it a second chance, because the premise of this book is pretty original and curious.

I’m happy I did. It does take time to get used to the peculiar narration style, but once you do (that is, after a couple of chapters), the reading part becomes easier and you definitely start enjoying this entertaining novel.

It has its sad moments, but it’s mostly a light book quite centered on friendship. Solomon, Lisa and Clark are a fun trio. It was a pleasure to read about their numerous interactions. Solomon really deserved a friend, and would you look at that, he was presented with two great ones.

Well, that’s debatable, since Solomon is indeed Lisa’s experiment. She needs him as much as he needs her most likely. But it’s a win-win, isn’t? But what if he finds out? They’re making so much progress. What if something bad happens?

And then there’s also the fact that Solomon is gay and Clark is so very handsome and seems to enjoy everything he does. Could they have more in common even than he thinks?

So that’s HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR for you. Terrible narration style, in my opinion, as it makes it hard to connect with the characters, but an extremely interesting story.


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6 thoughts on “Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

  1. I read this book last year and while I didn’t love it as much as others (three stars!) i still found it quite enjoyable and do recommend it every now and then to people! i think i just didn’t connect with it as much was because the star wars references and all just flew over the top of my head!


  2. I have heard that John is quite good adding LGBTQ members in his books more like a support character than the main character. However, those play usually a good and really important roles on the stories. I have sometimes loved more the secondary characters than the main ones… his characters are great!

    I have had issues with the John’s endings… They are not like Steven King’s endings which are not… precisely… good… but confusing is like all happens too fast and then you didn’t quite follow what happened… At least that is what happens to me… XD haha

    I have wanted to read this book so much! He is one of my favorite authors! I like the new cover better haha but I think this cover is not that bad ❤

    Thank you fro sharing! I hope you could take a look at my blog ❤ and I hope you like it! :3


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