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.

Your Voice Is All I Hear (Leah Scheier)

I was the one he trusted. I was the one he loved, the only one who believed him, even when his own mother had locked him up and thrown away the key. 

And now, I was going to pass down the white tiled hallway, knock on his doctor’s office door, slam his secret notebook on her desk and make her read it, make her understand what he was hiding, make her see what only I had seen. 

April won’t let Jonah go without a fight. 

He’s her boyfriend—her best friend. She’ll do anything to keep him safe. But as Jonah slips into a dark depression, trying to escape the traumatic past that haunts him, April is torn. To protect Jonah, she risks losing everything: family, friends, an opportunity to attend a prestigious music school. How much must she sacrifice? And will her voice be loud enough to drown out the dissenters—and the ones in his head?

Pub Date: September 1, 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire

I received an eArc from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


This book destroyed me! I really don’t know how to start this review any other way…

To be clear, this book is about how April deals with Jonah’s disease, and how his schizophrenia progresses and the effects it has on both of them and their families.

The beginning of the book is so cute, April and Jonah meet, and they’re both so starved for a friend and human connection that they cling to each other. Yes, it’s a bit of a case of insta-love, but I get it here, because they both feel like they don’t have anyone else. So things progress slowly but surely, and they develop a romantic relationship that is so cute and involves a lot of time spent with their moms.

But then the first signs of trouble stat showing, and because April is the one narrating from the future, you know before hand that things are about to turn really bad. I loved the narration, by the way… April sounded exactly like a loyal 15/16 yo girl in love. Her frustrations, her sense of loyalty and her feeling that nobody can understand her are typical of a teenager, with a not so typical problem.

The book goes from cutesy with come clichés, to downright gut wrenching, as we see Jonah going deeper and deeper into his paranoia, and April trying to remain loyal to her boyfriend, even when she doesn’t quite know if it’s the right thing to do.

The signs are all there though, and when the inevitable happens, and even though I knew it was coming, I still gasped and cried ugly. And then that ending… all things considered, it ended well, but my heart was just so broken by then.

Kudos to Leah Scheier, for creating this amazing book with such a difficult subject without sugar coating or romanticizing it. I feel like I have a deeper understanding of the disease now.

I cried a lot during this book, it played with my emotions pretty early on, and it kept pulling my heart strings until the very end. It was impossible for me to feel nothing, so, even though the story is not perfect, I can’t help but put this one as one of the best reads I had this year, because it messed with me.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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