This book. This. Freaking. Book. As soon as I finished it, I took it to another coworker, shook it in her general vicinity and proclaimed to her just how good it was. Whaley is an exceptional storyteller, weaving together two different perspectives into one seamless plot. While this is the story of a boy with agoraphobia and panic disorder, Whaley does not use these character traits as crutches to further his plot--rather, this is a story about friendship and trust in the face of adversity. Read it, and you will absolutely not be disappointed.— Heather H.
From a Printz and Morris Award-winning author comes a quirky story of coming-of-age, coming out, friendship, love...and agoraphobia.
Sixteen-year-old Solomon has agoraphobia. He hasn't left his house in 3 years. Ambitious Lisa is desperate to get into a top-tier psychology program. And so when Lisa learns about Solomon, she decides to befriend him, cure him, and then write about it for her college application. To earn Solomon's trust, she introduces him to her boyfriend Clark, and starts to reveal her own secrets. But what started as an experiment leads to a real friendship, with all three growing close. But when the truth comes out, what erupts could destroy them all. Funny and heartwarming, Highly Illogical Behavior is a fascinating exploration of what makes us tick, and how the connections between us may be the most important things of all.
At a time when young adult literature is actively picking away at the stigma of mental illness, Whaley carves off a healthy chunk with style, sensitivity and humor. . . . ELECTRIFYING. The New York Times Book Review
Tender and funny. People Magazine, Summer's Best Books of 2016.
About the Author
John Corey Whaley's first novel, Where Things Come Back, was the winner of the 2012 Printz Award and the 2012 Morris Award. His second novel, Noggin, was a 2014 National Book Award finalist. He lives in Newport Beach, California.