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