Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Published by Dial on May 10, 2016
Source: ARC from the publisher for review
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 how can she prove she deserves a spot there? Solomon is the answer. Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa thrusts herself into his life, introducing him to her charming boyfriend Clark and confiding her fears in him. Soon, all three teens are far closer than they thought they’d be, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well.
Review of Highly Illogical Behavior
As the synopsis indicates, Lisa befriends Solomon on a ruse. But Highly Illogical Behavior also turns this premise around. It doesn't just focus on the Big Secret, but looks at the situation from different angles.
If Lisa sounds like an unlikable character, I'll confess that I found her one at first. She reminded me a little bit of Tracy Flick from Tom Perrotta's Election, a ruthless overachiever. And it would also be easy to assume that Solomon is nothing but a victim. But as the book went on, I began to see each character's hopes and fears and motivations.
Highly Illogical Behavior is less a book about what it's like to suffer from anxiety and more about the fears that all of us have - will we succeed, will we be accepted, will we find love?
If you enjoyed Everything, Everything, you might want to give this a try!