Highly Illogical Behavior (John Corey Whaley)

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Sixteen year old Solomon has agoraphobia. He hasn’t left his house in three years, which is fine by him. At home, he is the master of his own kingdom — even if his kingdom doesn’t extend outside of the house.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to go to a top tier psychiatry program. She’ll do anything to get in.

When Lisa finds out about Solomon’s solitary existence, she comes up with a plan sure to net her a scholarship: befriend Solomon. Treat his condition. And write a paper on her findings. To earn Solomon’s trust, Lisa begins letting him into her life, introducing him to her boyfriend Clark, and telling him her secrets. Soon, Solomon begins to open up and expand his universe. But all three teens have grown uncomfortably close, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse as well.


So, this was yet another book that I’d been promising to read for months, that has traveled a lot, but always end up being put on hold. Not anymore! I am SO glad I finally picked it up.

I have to admit that I was a bit scared when I picked it up, because I was afraid that the story would either fall into some trope, or I wouldn’t like the writing or something – because I had never read anything by this author. But to be honest, nothing like that happened. The writing was magnificently fun and witty and humorous and so darn fast. The pacing was crazy fast and the way it incorporated pop culture, geekiness and fun into it was amazing. I am a fan!

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The book is told through the point of view of 2 characters, Solomon, who suffers from agoraphobia, and Lisa, who decides that she’s gonna cure him.

I loved Solomon right from the start, even though I don’t suffer from social anxiety and panic attacks like he does, the writing made it relatable. I understood him! His voice is strong, his reasoning strong, and me (as a reader) understood his decisions and his life. I absolutely adored him. I loved his relationships with his parents and grandmother, and later on with Lisa and Clark.

Lisa was a tough pill to swallow… I had a few troubles connecting to her and liking her. From the start, it’s impossible not to think that her reasons for befriending Solomon are all wrong. ALL WRONG! And the way she keeps sticking to them? WRONG! I kind of got why she thought she needed to do it, but her behaviour? HIGHLY ILLOGICAL! BUT… she turns out to be a great friend for Solomon and it’s clear that she really likes him, even if her reasons were not correct.

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Another character that I absolutely loved was Clark… he might be my favorite. Clark is a mystery, because he’s the only one we don’t get a POV from, so one never really knows what’s going on in his head. He starts by being Lisa’s boyfriend, but quickly becomes Solomon’s best friend and the 2 are like two peas in a pod… so darn cute! I loved how he was just an amazing person, who sought to help and be the best he could be, and wanted to do right by the people he loved.

I am so glad the book didn’t go where I thought it was headed… on multiple paths. The book is not about curing someone, it’s about accepting that what is true for you and what works for you, might not work for someone else, and that’s ok. It’s about learning to accept what you do have. It’s about realizing that you are more than just a label!

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The friendship and connections in this story are amazing, and they all give great banter. Oh… I loved the banter!

I have to say, I’m a bit in love with this story. I wish everyone would read it.

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Favorite Book of 2016

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “It’s almost the end of the year… Choose one of your favorite books of 2016“. I’m gonna use one of my most recents favorite reads, instead of doing the whole year worth, because I would then have chosen A Court of Mist and Fury, and I know Cátia used that already. So, I’m going with Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley, which I recently finished and loved.


Original COver:

This is the original US cover, and while it’s not my favorite cover, I do think it represents the book well.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

                                              

WOW, this book is already out in Portugal and in Spain! WOW!!! I don’t like the Portuguese cover at all, while the Spanish were smarter and adopted the original one.

Favorite COVER(s):

This is the UK cover and the one I own and I LOVE IT!!!

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

Yeah, the Portuguese edition is definitly my least favorite cover for this book…

December TBR

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Again, I managed to read 20 books last month, and from my original 14 books on my TBR, I read 11 and started the 12th, so… not bad! I’m gonna aim for 14 books again, and see how that goes.

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  1. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover (I’m halfway through already)
  2. Aimee and the Heartthrob (Backstage Pass #1) by Ophelia London
  3. Wrong (Wrong #1) by Jana Aston (I’m almost done)
  4. The Matchmaker’s Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
  5. Being Brooke by Emma Hart
  6. Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton (Re-read!)
  7. Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen
  8. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  9. Stripped (Travesty #2) by Piper Lawson
  10. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
  11. How Not to Let Go (The Belhaven Series) by Emily Foster
  12. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  13. Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
  14. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

August TBR

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This month I’ll point to reading 14 books at least, some that I had on my list before, other are ARCs, and I might be reading the Off-Campus series again, in preparation to The Goal‘s release. I’ll be reading a few of these with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much.

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  1. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  2. Heartfall by J.B. McGee
  3. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  4. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  5. Tyson Caine (Brothers in Arms #1) by Aleya Michelle
  6. The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2) by Sarina Bowen
  7. Blind Spot by Katana Collins
  8. Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry
  9. Wrong Question, Right Answer by Elle Casey
  10. The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges
  11. The Proverbial Mr. Universe by Maria La Serra
  12. The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy – Re-read
  13. The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy – Re-read
  14. The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy – Re-read

July TBR

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Last month was a weird reading month, and I ended up not making the progress I wanted in the ARC department. So for this month I want to read 14 books, 12 of which are eARCs from Netgalley, and 8 of those I’ll be reading with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much (we need to be better in July!).

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  1. Crystallum (The Primordial Principles #1) by Laney McMann
  2. Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander
  3. No Breaking My Heart by Kate Angell
  4. Wrong Place, Right Time by Elle Casey
  5. Edge of Glory by Magan Vernon
  6. Six Month Rule by A.J. Pine
  7. No Falling Allowed by Melissa West
  8. In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers
  9. You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini
  10. A Mess of a Man by A.M. Hargrove & Terri E. Laine
  11. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  12. Heartfall by J.B. McGee
  13. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  14. Daemoneum (The Primordial Principles #2) by Laney McMann

Guys, have you read any of these books? What do you think of my TBR?