Posted in Young Adult Lit

Highly Illogical Behavior, by John Corey Whaley

26109391Highly Illogical Behavior
John Corey Whaley
3.3 Stars

Agoraphobic teen faces debilitating anxiety (duh!) Enter overachieving college bound female who needs a special project. Smush them together and what do you get? A raging train wreck! Lisa has got to write an essay about her experience with mental illness in order to get into the second best psychology program in the country, which she wants to attend because she know she can be the best at the second best school. So she chooses Solomon, a kid who used to go to her school until he had a complete meltdown and hasn’t left his house since.

I loved the idea of this book. But honestly, I couldn’t like the characters. Solomon doesn’t feel like he has any depth. And Lisa, ugh. I think she should be writing her essay about her own mental illness. What a horrible human being, I’m not even sure she gets any better in the end. The plot seemed formulaic, with your well known love triangle in young adult novels. It read quickly and easily, but it just fell short of what I have come to know and love of John Corey Whaley. Noggin, is one of my absolute favorite books, and Where Things Come Back was so beautifully written. Right after I finished this book, I really liked it, but the more I have distanced myself from it, the less I like about it, the more I feel like it missed the mark.


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