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I adore John Corey Whaley, so listened to this one right away. His writing is funny, at times, self-deprecating, and non-verbose. He's not a wordy writer, everything is precise.
Solomon is a high functioning boy, suffering from agoraphobia with two loving parents and a grandmother. The panic attack involving a fountain a few years prior pushed him to stay at home and Lisa, the girl who was closest to the scene hasn't forgotten him since. She enters his life with slightly dubious motives; using him as a project for her admission essay while helping him in the process. You can guess what happens next, but Whaley takes the story from predictable plot to a step above infused with his humor. By the end of the book, I loved all the characters and bought into the story.
If you've read his other novel, "Where Things Come Back," this is a true departure as the other was extremely and wonderfully odd with a few twists and parallel stories. This book is more straight-forward and down-to-earth. Both are from the mind of a talented young writer.
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What other book might you compare Highly Illogical Behavior to and why?
I am a fan of All the Bright Places and almost all of Rainbow Rowell's books. With that being said, I liked how Highly Illogical Behavior wasn't too much of a predictable ya novel. As a grad student in psychology, I found it cute and endearing, because Lisa reminds me of my younger, striving self.
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