Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Highly Illogical Behavior
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
Teen and adult fans of Matthew Quick, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell will adore this quirky story of coming-of-age, coming out, friendship, love...and agoraphobia. Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasnt 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 (shes 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 theyd be, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well. A hilarious and heartwarming coming-of-age perfect for readers of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and All The Bright Places, Highly Illogical Behavior showcases the different ways in which we hide ourselves from the worldand the ways in which love, tragedy, and the need for connection may be the only things to bring us back into the light.From the Hardcover edition.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
Victoriahoperose
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

I really liked this book. I was sucked into the strong themes about friendship and the view of mental health relating to teens. The characters were so endearing and I really loved them. There were such excellent moments that really looked at tolerance in a lot of different ways. This was a really great book ❤️

Clwojick I loved this one! 💙💜 8mo
27 likes2 stack adds1 comment
review
Megabooks
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

Love this book. Solomon is #SoClose to #Disaster because he has severe agoraphobia and panic disorder. But that all changes when he meets Lisa and her boyfriend Clark. Over time, Solomon is able to venture into his backyard, but Lisa and Clark have a secret that may derail the whole friendship. 4⭐️

This is especially cool because Solomon and Clark are huge Star Trek: TNG fans. #StarTrekSummerMay #MayMovieMagic

Cinfhen This sounds really fun but is it VERY YA??? I‘m getting some Eleanor vibes too....I‘m #soclose to stacking 😜 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I would recommend it to people who don‘t generally like YA. The characters are more adult than the usual YA, and there‘s not the whiny, romantic drama that seems to pervade YA these days. It‘s more about friendship and honesty. I really like these characters. They‘re more mature than I was at 17. 😂😂 9mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘m stacking (edited) 9mo
See All 12 Comments
Megabooks Also this makes it 8/8 for the #BFC, but I can‘t wait to read more! #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Awesome!! I hope you like it! 👍🏻👍🏻 9mo
wanderinglynn You killed you book goal! 🙌🏻 9mo
dariazeoli Way to make that goal! 9mo
rohit-sawant @Megabooks Love your description of the book! Stacking! 9mo
Megabooks @dariazeoli 😊😊😊 9mo
Megabooks @rohit-sawant Great! I hope you enjoy it! 9mo
Caterina Oh I love TNG! 😍 Also great job on your book goal! 🙌 9mo
86 likes3 stack adds12 comments
blurb
Megabooks
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

I just started this great #StarTrekSummerMay / #MayMovieMagic tie-in

Solomon Reed hasn‘t left his house in years. Lisa Praytor wants to take him on as a project to give #SecondChances to return to school. But Solomon is wondering, “#WhereIsMyMind?” with his severe OCD and panic attacks. However, he has a secret place to escape, the holodeck, modeled on ST:TNG‘s no less, he built in his garage.

Cinfhen This sounds too YA for me but I‘ll be curious to hear your final thoughts 💖 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen YA to me is like roasted turnips - I want it just a couple of times a year - and I can‘t convince anyone else in my family to try it! 😂😂 Whaley is one of the best YA authors out there. His books elevate the conversation a bit. 9mo
Cinfhen Ha!! Love that analogy!!! Roasted turnips sounds good actually!!!!! 9mo
rohit-sawant Loving this cover! 9mo
gradcat Another good one! Wow—you people are sooo imaginative today!! 9mo
98 likes5 stack adds5 comments
blurb
Johanna414
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

Mental health display I did yesterday... already having a hard time keeping it full as kids have been checking books out like crazy! I am a happy librarian today 😁 #schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

Libby1 Brilliant. ❤️ 11mo
Siri_reads Great idea 💡 11mo
JenaJenkins Wonderful! Do you have any middle grade titles to recommend for this theme? 11mo
40 likes3 comments
review
Avis
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
Pickpick

Loved this one too! The character development for Solo is well done, although I wished the others had more development. A good meaning and message, and a nice ending.
(Symptoms of being human, OCDaniel, and this book all had something to do with Star Wars or Star Trek, and the word “Solo”?????)

blurb
tonyahoswalt
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

Any Whaley fans? Corey's from a town near me, I've met him in passing 2 times at cons, and I'm friends with him on Facebook. But Friday at a small YA Lit con, I got to chat with him. As in sitting beside him at a session, & we just chatted & caught up on life. Pretty cool. I remember not being interested in his first book when it came out, but I had to read it in grad school, & I really enjoyed it, & I've loved his two other books!

review
Markie
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Mehso-so

Sol is someone with Agoraphobia and hasn't left his house in 3 years. Lisa is college bound to get a psych major wanting to fix Sol for her essay to her 2nd choice college. Interesting premise but some aspects fell short. One being that just having friends can't really fix a deep seated mental illness and 2 gay is suppose to be some heat aspect in this book but it's just barely there.

blurb
blondie
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

Part of my Thriftbooks order came in. Along with my koala necklace.
Living up to my nickname (koala). 💜💙

hermyknee I loved Highly Illogical Behavior! 2y
readordierachel Cute necklace! 2y
44 likes2 comments
review
WanderingBookaneer
Highly Illogical Behaviour | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

This book is about Solomon, an agoraphobic teenager, and Lisa, a former classmates who hopes that her rudimentary psychological skills will cure him so that she can write about it and win a scholarship for a prestigious psychology program in college. It is about how their lives intertwine and change in unexpected ways. It is about growing up, about maturing, and about these characters figuring out who they really are. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

WanderingBookaneer I had to stop almost at the end of this one to ask my friend @gibblr if the book was going to break my heart. It did, but not in the way I thought 2y
TracyReadsBooks Love this book! 2y
94 likes7 stack adds2 comments
blurb
so1quilt
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

Only a few chapters in but im really enjoying it so far! Its rare for me to find novels about agoraphobia.

corycatelyn I loved this book! 2y
75 likes3 stack adds1 comment
blurb
MaggieCarr
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

Eh.

blurb
blondie
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

So many library books, yet I'm suddenly in the mood for my own books again. I swear this always happens.

Zelma 😂 I always want to read the opposite of any TBR pile I make. I‘m lucky if I read more than 1 book in any library stack I check out. 2y
blondie @Zelma Saaame! I bailed on one and read a graphic novel before I called it good. Also, when I don't have library books, I'm not interested in my own books. I don't get it! 😂 2y
Zelma @blondie I honestly don‘t know if it‘s a case of “grass is always greener” or choice overload. Then again, I always have something to read or choose from so it really isn‘t a tragedy. 😆 2y
TricksyTails This always happens to me! 2y
40 likes4 comments
review
BookishGirl06
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Mehso-so

Just finished this. While the premise was pretty interesting, the story itself just fell a little flat for me. I just found Lisa to be a little annoying at times but other than that it was ok.

quote
rebeccavoy
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

review
janehreads
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Mehso-so

3/5. i hated the beginning, i really did. but as the character development became stronger, so did my liking of the book.

blurb
janehreads
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

up next :)

i‘m going to the bookstore today to spend my gift card, then i‘ll take a picture of my books (there will be 7-8!!)

review
rebeccavoy
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

Lisa, confident and ambitious, has her sights set on a great psychology school - and she unwisely thinks that agoraphobic Solomon is her ticket to getting there. Surely she can draw him out and cure his ills. A book of friendship, growth, and I really enjoyed this book and it‘s honest insights into mental health.

review
Brie
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

Solomon hasn‘t left his house in 3 yrs. Agoraphobia causes him extreme anxiety & panic attacks. Lisa can‘t wait to get out of town & thinks that by writing an essay about “fixing” Sol she can get into a college psychology program. Along with her boyfriend Clark they visit him & form an unexpected bond. A sweet & funny story, while still delving into a serious topic with respect. The ending was rushed but otherwise a good read.

73 likes5 stack adds
review
Mccartershanon
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
Pickpick

So much like #perksofbeingawalflower this book really hit me. I found myself in these pages and wasn't ready to say goodbye to this wonderful cast of witty characters. Amazing from start to finish, unexpectedly funny, and unbelievably real 💕

quote
MSzyd
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

Day 2: "There are no boring places. Only boring people."

LauraBeth ❤️ this dress! 2y
MSzyd @LauraBeth Thank you!!! It's from a website called Lindy Bop. (edited) 2y
9 likes4 comments
blurb
MrBook
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

How do you imagine more than you can imagine? 🤔😆 #LitsyHumor

mabell Imagine more than I can imagine? I'm sure I can if I give it 110%. 3y
Mamashep 😀😀😀 3y
Andrew65 😂 3y
Caroline2 😂 3y
91 likes4 comments
review
mdhughes72
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

Fun, clever little story about three teens and the ties that bind them. I was piqued because I have a teen who manifests some of the same tendencies as the main character. Although they're more different than they are alike, it was fun to draw the comparisons as I read. I recommend this to both young male and female readers, especially bookish types who enjoy or at least appreciate sci fi. My own teen would hate the 'Truman Show Ending,' though.

blurb
Robothugs
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

Taking the wheel, as much as he can. 🙌🏻 #Drive #90sInJuly

Cinfhen Sounds sweet but maybe too YA for me ?!? 3y
Robothugs Hmmm... have you ever read All The Bright Places? @Cinfhen 3y
Cinfhen No....hesitating for same reason? 3y
Robothugs I'm not sure where you line is for too much - but I think both of them are good and really on the typical YA side. My blurb title also deals with LGBTQ a bit. Also, a very good one that wouldn't be too YA at all is the tagged book if you haven't read that yet. If I know where your line is I can judge better! @Cinfhen 3y
Cinfhen They all sound good! Thanks for the suggestions- we can discuss my YA aversion next week 3y
57 likes1 stack add5 comments
review
moarbookspleaze
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

This book was so great!!!!

hermyknee I'm so so happy you liked it! I loved that one!! 3y
42 likes1 comment
blurb
moarbookspleaze
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

I just want to keep reading every time I pick this up. Last night I could have stayed up all night finishing it. And today my lunch break ended and I had to stop. I bet I'll finish it tonight. So good!

LiteraryinLititz Wow, that's awesome! I'll have to add it to my list! 3y
librarypoweruser Ahhh I loved this book so much! 3y
hermyknee 😻 3y
34 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
moarbookspleaze
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

Currently. This was one of my summer santa goes postal books!

ErinC I loved this one! 3y
hermyknee 😁😁😁 3y
39 likes2 stack adds2 comments
review
fanbookart
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

I truly fell in love with this book! In fact, this is a competitor of being one of the best books I read this year! Perfect summer read and perfect for Pride Month too!
I have a long story about this book, head on here if you want to know: https://www.instagram.com/p/BV2siw2gYbf/

shout out to @gibblr did you like the book too? 😁

gibblr I did like it! It was super quick yet packed with lots of serious issues...but it didn't feel too heavy. Glad you bumped it up on your TBR list and enjoyed it 😁 3y
fanbookart @gibblr i know right! I like the part that even though Sol had mental illness, it made me realize that there is nothing wrong with him. He was pretty much normal. And it's just a new perspective for me you know! Good to know you liked it too! 3y
4 likes2 comments
blurb
fanbookart
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

After more than a year of owning this book, I'm finally reading it! #happypridemonth

blurb
Peddler410
Highly Illogical Behaviour | John Corey Whaley
post image

I already own this in the original hard cover, but this paperback edition cover is so appealing. Now to figure out what to do with the hard cover copy .... 🤔 And, now that I have two copies, I should probably bump this up a bit on my TBR 😂

blurb
BookishMarginalia
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

From the new paperback edition, this lovely inside cover. #diversebooks #YA #JohnCoreyWhaley #PenguinSpeak

Peddler410 Love the new paperback cover! 3y
143 likes4 stack adds1 comment
review
chiquireads
Highly Illogical Behaviour | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

LOVED THIS BOOK! ?? Especially since the ending wasn't a "friendship will cure EVERYTHING!!" Because we all know that's not how anxiety works, and this exemplifies how to write a happy ending that's not "everyone gets cured yay"

I even liked Lisa a lot! She grew so much in the book so although some reviewers don't like her (understandable tbh) she became my favorite character ?

Definitely recommend this book!

15 likes2 stack adds
review
gibblr
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

4.5 ⭐️ Entertaining enough, but some misinformation regarding mental illness. I guess it's probably supposed to be that way in the end, but still. Overall good read.

fanbookart I need to read this!!!! Especially since it's pride month! You're making me look forward to it! 3y
gibblr @fanbookart Awesome! I'll be interested to hear what you think of it... 3y
89 likes1 stack add2 comments
quote
gibblr
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
MaleficentBookDragon 🖤 the evil mermaids! 3y
LectricSheep Copics are the best markers. ❤️ even if it feels like you have to spend $500 to have a set that blends. 🙄 3y
gibblr @MaleficentBookDragon Thanks! Now I just have to figure out what to do with them. @LectricSheep Tell me about it...still building the collection! 3y
95 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
MoniMaccheronis
post image

Hochgradig entspannt lese ich mich durch das Teenieleben von Sol und Lisa - beide sind herrlich kantig und genau wie Sol finde ich Wasser /Meer sehr beruhigend. Hier würde er es vermutlich auch ganz gut aushalten.

1 like1 stack add
review
Mjk20a
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
Pickpick

While nothing will probably approach the teen fiction greatness that is Where Things Come Back this came much closer than Noggin. #FLTeenReads

blurb
Kat.Kao
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
This post contains spoilers
show me
post image

Letter to the author one of my students wrote. I'm sending it in and hope he responds.

Mjk20a He probably will/has. He will skype schools, too. Pretty easy to access JCW on twitter. 3y
Kat.Kao @Mjk20a He emailed back almost immediately! Really sweet response, too. 3y
Mjk20a He used to teach before publishing his first novel 3y
Kat.Kao That explains it! 3y
4 likes4 comments
review
Ellsbeth
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

A quick read, this is a good story that touches on important issues related to mental illness. This is the current selection for my YA Lit Book Club. I'm excited to discuss it this week.

22 likes1 stack add
blurb
Kat.Kao
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

Sadly only 4, but 3 were AMAZING. Running Dream & Highly Illogical Behavior are great representations of students with disabilities. One of my kids who is going through a lot LOVES Highly Illogical Behavior.

review
hermyknee
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

I started Highly Illogical Behavior last night and haven't put it down since I woke up this morning. John Corey Whaley's writing style in this #YA novel is killer. It's definitely in the same vein as Chobsky's Perks of Being a Wallflower, and has indie movie written all over it. It's a fun, fast, and heartwarming read and definitely worth your time! #read #pick #libraryhaul

ErinC Awesome! Glad you liked it! 3y
Megabooks Definitely check out 3y
hermyknee @Ebooksandcooks thanks for the recommendation! I just added it to my stack! 3y
13 likes2 stack adds3 comments
quote
hermyknee
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

"There was no denying it. Now he knew it to be absolutely true: He had a friend. And he was terrified of her." p. 65 ? / Sometimes I think this is how all of my new friends feel. #ya #humor #funnybooks #highlyillogicalbehavior #johncoreywhaley

AndreaReads 😂 Can't wait to read this one! 3y
12 likes3 stack adds1 comment
quote
Kat.Kao
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

Same.

review
LittleMissReadsAlot
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
×
This book gave me an Eleanor and Park feeling at the end. You know, when a book ends leaving it up to the reader to decipher the characters emotions and what happens after the book ends. I'm trying to get adjusted to those types of books, not too fond of them at the moment. However, that doesn't change the fact that I'm in love with Solomon Reed.
⭐⭐⭐. 5

blurb
Apinlibraryland
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

I read a laughably small amount of books this year! And I call myself a librarian! Rallying in the next week, though!

blurb
MrBook
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

Teacher, Jessica S.: "'Highly Illogical Behavior,' by John Corey Whaley is my favorite read of 2016. Agoraphobic Solomon is confined to his house after suffering a mental breakdown at school. Lisa, a classmate, wants to help Solomon for all the wrong reasons. The characters are ultimately the highlight of this book: quirky, likable, and flawed in a way that reminds the reader that nobody is perfect." #BestBookRead

Robothugs I really loved this book. I'm happy to see more books highlighting mental illnesses. 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😎👍🏻 3y
MrBook @robothugs 😁👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻! 3y
MrBook @Robothugs I feel the same exact way. More material on the subject matter, the more awareness created, the more likely things can be done 😊👍🏻! 3y
Robothugs Yes, exactly. 😊 Removing the stigma, one book at a time! 3y
105 likes16 stack adds5 comments
review
Nitpickyabouttrains
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

I really like this one. The way it talked about anxiety and mental health was great. But even better was how it talked about friendship.

jmtrivera Your review sounds like a Reading Rainbow review. I love it. 💜 3y
Nitpickyabouttrains @jmtrivera I will take that as a compliment. 3y
7 likes3 comments
review
Megan_Roberts
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
Pickpick

How can you not fall in love with Sol? And Clark? Even Lisa. The anxiety attacks Sol endures is an issue with many of my high school students, so I was happy to discover more about anxiety attacks.

review
caseydillabooks
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

Highly Illogical Behavior is a fine book in its own right. It's about friendship and loneliness and growing up and wasting time and living life and that feeling when you're underwater and you can't hear anything except your own aliveness and presence. It's about a boy who just can't... learning that he already is.

#yalit #ireadya #johncoreywhaley #mentalillness

review
youngreadrshelf
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

Solomon is comfortable in his world. What does it matter that he hasn't left his house in 3 years after that breakdown at school? He's tried counseling. His parents are supportive, but then his mom brings someone into his world. Lisa Praytor is convinced that helping him is her way out of her life. Even if her boyfriend is against the idea. The book is in 3rd person and alternates chapters between Solomon and Lisa. Well told.

Megabooks Whaley is one of my favorite writers! 3y
TheLondonBookworm Sounds interesting :) 3y
See All 7 Comments
youngreadrshelf @Ebooksandcooks I've read 3 and enjoyed all. 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Hey J! I was wondering if you could email me your address so I can send a little Christmas package??? You and @LukkiAnn are my last two addresses 😉 3y
LukkiAnn Thanks for thoughts @BooksTeasAndBookishThings. Just posted it on Slack 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings @LukkiAnn you are the best!! Thank you!! 😊 3y
27 likes3 stack adds7 comments
review
JacintaMCarter
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image
Pickpick

If you've ever wondered what it's like to live with an extreme anxiety disorder, this book describes it perfectly. I also ugly-cried for probably the last 20 pages, which is always a bonus.

Robothugs This was a beautiful book. 3y
Mccall0113 I'm going to order this for my husband 3y
27 likes6 stack adds2 comments
quote
JacintaMCarter
Highly Illogical Behavior | John Corey Whaley
post image

Aren't they, though?

Robothugs Hehe 🙈 I loved this book. 3y
28 likes1 stack add1 comment