Highly Illogical Behavior

Highly Illogical Behavior

Book - 2016
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Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that--and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780525428183
Characteristics: 287 pages ;,22 cm

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Mia_923
Aug 21, 2020

Overall this was a pretty interesting story, I liked the style of writing that the author used.

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orliande
Jul 04, 2020

Although I liked the story, I disliked the ending. Not because of what happens but because it ends too abruptly. It's close to an open ending story and personally, I am not a fan of that. I enjoyed how it tackled anxiety, change- mostly character development- and conflict though, so props to that.

The dialogue felt as if there was barely any emotion felt between the characters, too unadorned, too awkward. I admit that I felt like this was a breath of fresh air, for whatever reason. But, this style had times times that this worked, but there were times that it didn't, especially in the more emotional moments. It would go from emotional for a couple lines but go back to that plain, almost monotone sounding dialogue.

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amsagraceb
Mar 27, 2019

I would advise anyone to read this book. It is highly anticipating and makes you tear up. I thoroughly enjoyed the non-predictable aspect . This is an amazing read!

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ayesha_spn
Aug 17, 2018

I enjoyed this story a lot. There were always parts to get me hooked and I loved Solomon's character. One thing though, I completely felt like the ending was too rushed.

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Starpoem
Dec 28, 2017

If you liked _A Secret Garden_ when you were younger, you'll probably like _Highly Illogical Behavior_. It's essentially the same story, just updated with high school characters and a twenty-first century setting. Lisa is the Mary-type character. She is a bit self-centered and overbearing, but deep down she has a good heart. Clark is the Dickon analog; he is caring and unassuming. Lisa and Clark meet and befriend Solomon, who plays the Colin role. Solomon's agoraphobia has kept him house-bound for three years, but Lisa and Clark hope to convince him to come outside--not to a secret garden, but to a new swimming pool. The characters experience ups and downs, but they ultimately build a strong friendship that sees them through a number of crises at the end of the book. An added bonus for me was the great cover art.

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Blue_Crow_2
Sep 17, 2017

I really enjoyed this novel. The writing is very smooth and easy to read, and John Corey Whaley does a good job of translating particular emotions and exactly what he wants to say into words and on to paper. I particularly liked the portrait he painted of each character, and the relationships between them. The story felt real, sad, and honest. Highly Illogical Behavior is similar to Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl (but better), of TFIOS (but not so heavy). I highly recommend teens to pick this up!

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amylee290
Aug 01, 2017

Great book !! Finished in 2 days. Never a boring moment. Nice surprises, touching story.

JCLCourtneyS Jan 19, 2017

I feel like I learned a lot while reading this book--about the world, about myself, about how people treat each other. I loved getting to know the characters, and found myself chuckling several times at the humor.

ArapahoeStaff1 Nov 21, 2016

If you ever wanted to get a glimpse of what it means to be agoraphobic, then this book is for you. Whaley is consistently funny and serious in meaningful ways to make each story compelling, emotional, and the best books you'll ever read. Not only will you learn about what it's like to be afraid of going outside, you'll get a glimpse at what it's like for someone who totally doesn't get it--but is sure they can fix someone with this phobia. They're a trainwreck--but it's a beautiful story about learning to understand, love, and forgive.

ArapahoeStaff2 Sep 11, 2016

I loved this one because of the complex characters, even Lisa who starts off as a pretty unlikeable character. Great for discussion about mental illness, and an interesting realistic fiction read.

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orliande
Jul 04, 2020

orliande thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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