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Highly Illogical Behavior
Contributor(s): Whaley, John Corey

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ISBN: 0525428186     ISBN-13: 9780525428183
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2016
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Annotation: An agoraphobic teen who has not left his house for three years is sought out by an ambitious girl determined to get into a top-tier psychology program by treating him and earning a scholarship, a plan that is challenged by their growing bond. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Agoraphobia; Fiction.
Panic attacks; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015025530
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 0.75" (0.82 lbs) 249 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 181890
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q68698
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 15.0
 
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Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2016 #4)
Solomon, an agoraphobic sixteen-year-old prone to panic attacks, hasn't left his house in the three years since he stripped down and jumped into the school fountain back in junior high. Lisa, an aspiring psychologist, has always wondered what happened to him. Slyly reaching out to his mother, she finds not only a way to satisfy her curiosity but also the perfect subject for her college entrance essay, "My Personal Experience with Mental Illness." As Lisa gets to know Sol, and then Lisa's boyfriend Clark befriends him, too, the three become genuinely close. Lisa's initially selfish ulterior motive, however, portends a disruption in this happy state. Solomon comes out as gay to his new friends, and subsequently cannot hide his growing attraction to Clark, an attraction that seems to be mutual. If the resolution feels a bit too easy, everything else about the novel is skillfully done, from the fully realized supporting characters (especially Sol's parents and grandmother) to the pithy, humorous dialogue to the assured third-person narrative that alternates chapters between Sol and Lisa. A hopeful novel with lots of heart. jonathan hunt

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 February #5)

Solomon Reed, 16, suffers from acute anxiety and agoraphobia. He hasn't left his house since a panic attack in seventh grade, during which he stripped to his underwear seeking calm in the waters of a fountain outside his school. Former classmate Lisa—an ambitious, straight-A type who "believed in herself maybe more than other people believed in God"—hasn't forgotten him. In need of a subject for a scholarship essay about mental illness, she thrusts herself into Solomon's existence with a plan to "cure" him using some armchair cognitive behavior therapy. Solomon doesn't think he needs saving (or know about the essay), but he lets Lisa in, followed by her handsome boyfriend, Clark, who shares his interest in comic books, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and card games. Heartbreak ensues when Solomon falls for Clark. Printz Award–winner Whaley (Where Things Come Back) again tackles heavy, heady topics with a light touch, populating his perceptive and quick-witted story with endearing, believably flawed teens. Solomon's parents and grandmother are refreshingly supportive, letting Solomon take the lead as he tests the possibility of re-entry. Ages 14–up. Agent: Stephen Barr, Writers House. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 April)

Gr 9 Up—Solomon Reed, 16, has not left his house in three years. Regular panic attacks keep him from handling the outside. Yet he is a smart and resourceful teenager with a love for Star Trek, gratifying hobbies, and a supportive family. Solomon is being educated online and doesn't feel that any social life he might be missing is worth the mental anguish that daily life causes him to endure. However, he knows he can't live like this forever. Then Lisa Praytor, a vivacious and take-charge extrovert appears, wanting to be his friend. Lisa is convinced that she can treat Solomon's agoraphobia and get him outside. She is also convinced that the experience will help her write the best college essay and win a scholarship for a prominent psychology program. However, Lisa uncovers more than she expected as she and her boyfriend Clark get to know and grow close to the recluse. Sol's grandmother makes a grand gesture of building a backyard pool to encourage the boy's efforts to overcome his anxiety. What looks like a typical friendship story is blended with issues of trust, vulnerability, and identity. Solomon's agoraphobia is not the only thing that defines him, which speaks to the larger message about those living with mental illness. Each character has an authentic voice and temperament that feel realistic, and the alternating narratives capture the perspective of the bright, witty, and decidedly quirky protagonists. The spare writing makes this a taut, tender, and appealing read. VERDICT A logical choice for Whaley's fans, Trekkies, and sensitive readers of all stripes.—Briana Moore, School Library Journal

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 December)
Gr 9 Up—Solomon is a smart and resourceful teen with a love for Star Trek and a supportive family. He also has crippling panic attacks that have prevented him from leaving the house. When he tentatively opens the door to an outgoing girl, a Pandora's box of good and ill comes pouring in. Filled with quirky and endearing characters, this tender and humorous story explores issues of mental health, friendship, trust, and identity.. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.
 
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