Highly Illogical Behavior: A Review by Zara Salman

HighlyIllogicalBehCover.jpgAgoraphobia

noun

  1. extreme or irrational fear of crowded spaces or enclosed public places.

 

Solomon is agoraphobic, which to him means panic attacks are an hourly occurrence, friends are an unnecessary complication, and most importantly, he doesn’t step foot outside his house. Lisa, on the other hand, is out of the house so often that she hasn’t had a decent conversation with her mother in quite a while. She’s much too busy reading psychology textbooks and running student council. Unlike Solomon, she doesn’t like life the way it is in the suburbs north of L.A. That’s why Lisa, and her charming boyfriend Clark, force their way into the world of a recluse sixteen year boy who doesn’t know what they’re after until the damage is already done.

 

Solomon is more than just agoraphobic, as everyone is more than just their illness. He’s witty, a little geeky, and cool like chilled butter. Clark is also a little geeky, along with handsome and hilarious. Soon enough, Solomon is head over heels for Clark. Solomon’s crush has nothing on Lisa’s manipulations though. For weeks, she has been studying his behaviour for her college entry essay. Soon she, Solomon, and Clark are closer than they have been with anyone else, but it’s too late for Lisa to tell Solomon why she really reached out to him, and she’s not turning back. But with Clark’s conscience catching up to him, the effect of their lies on Solomon is not something he’s going to allow. Though neither of them wants to hurt Solomon, they already are, and in doing so, they’re also hurting each other. What should they do? And what will Solomon do if he finds out?

 

Mental illnesses are tricky things to properly convey. More often than not, they’re magically cured by the end of the book. Not in Highly Illogical Behavior though. While Solomon does get better, the author understands that agoraphobia is not something two teenagers can cure someone of. John Corey uses pop culture references, wit, and relatable emotions to make his story memorable.

 

I definitely recommend it, and give the book 4.5/5 stars.

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