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Author: John Corey Whaley Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9780735285804
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Teen and adult fans of All The Bright Places, Me and Earl and the Dying Girland Everything, Everything will adore this quirky story of coming-of-age, coming out, friendship, love...and agoraphobia.

Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t 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 (she’s 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, sitting through Star Trek marathons with him and introducing him to her charming boyfriend Clark. Soon, all three teens are far closer than they thought they’d be, and when their walls fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well. 

A hilarious and heartwarming coming-of-age perfect for readers of Matthew Quick and Rainbow Rowell, Highly Illogical Behavior showcases the different ways we hide ourselves from the world—and how love, tragedy, and the need for connection may be the only things to bring us back into the light. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • At a time when young adult literature is actively picking away at the stigma of mental illness, Whaley carves off a healthy chunk with style, sensitivity and humor. . . . ELECTRIFYING. The New York Times Book Review
  • Tender and funny. People Magazine, Summer's Best Books of 2016
  • Raw, funny, and unforgettable. Buzzfeed
  • A charming, heartwarming, and profound affirmation of the importance of connection. The Huffington Post
  • John Corey Whaley has never disappointed us before, and he carries on that tradition with his funny, heartfelt, and oh-so-JCW-style Highly Illogical Behavior. Bustle
  • The voice of Travis Coates is like the voice of Holden Caulfield—iconic and ageless. Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting By 7s

    *“A tour de force of imagination and empathy.
  • *“Will resonate with teens who feel the same frustration at being treated like kids and told to act like adults. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • * “In this darkly humorous debut, Whaley weaves two stories into a taut and well-constructed thriller. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • Beautifully and carefully wrought, this is a very fine book. Jenny Han, New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before
  • Every now and then a book rises to the top. Where Things Come Back soars. Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of the Crank Trilogy
  • Beautifully written and wholly original. Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Grey
  • *“This insightful story explores the challenges of intimate relationships and managing expectations. Shelf Awareness, starred review
  • It's a good story told remarkably well. Maggie Stiefvater, New York Times bestselling author of the Raven Boys series
  • Now a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year!
  • *"Solomon's descriptions of his anxiety are achingly real..Readers will easily come to care about these bright, wonderfully nerdy, flawed characters. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • Printz Award–winner Whaley (Where Things Come Back) again tackles heavy, heady topics with a light touch, populating his perceptive and quick-witted story with endearing, believably flawed teens. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • The alternating narratives capture the perspective of the bright, witty, and decidedly quirky protagonists...A logical choice for Whaley’s fans, Trekkies, and sensitive readers of all stripes. School Library Journal, starred review
  • Noggin—outlandish as it is—has such wonderful resonance. The New York Times
  • You can practically feel this book’s big, beautiful heart beating in your hands. Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook
  • A winner of a book. A.S. King, author of Ask the Passengers and Reality Boy
  • Noggin is everything a great book should be. Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle
  • “Tender and funny.”

    People magazine

  • “At a time when young adult literature is actively picking away at the stigma of mental illness, Whaley carves off a healthy chunk with style, sensitivity and humor…Electrifying.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A charming, heartwarming, and profound affirmation of the importance of connection.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Raw, funny, and unforgettable.”

    Buzzfeed

  • “Funny [and] heartfelt.”

    Bustle

  • “Printz Award–winner Whaley again tackles heavy, heady topics with a light touch, populating his perceptive and quick-witted story with endearing, believably flawed teens.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “What looks like a typical friendship story is blended with issues of trust, vulnerability, and identity…Each character has an authentic voice and temperament that feel realistic, and the alternating narratives capture the perspective of the bright, witty, and decidedly quirky protagonists. The spare writing makes this a taut, tender, and appealing read.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Chapters alternate between Sol’s and Lisa’s third-person narrations and brim over with warm, witty, authentic dialogue. Solomon’s descriptions of his anxiety are achingly real..Readers will easily come to care about these bright, wonderfully nerdy, flawed characters.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “With plenty of geekery, charming repartee, and fairly realistic teen drama, this will have wide appeal among readers of contemporary fiction.”

    Booklist

  • “Both narrators reflect marked changes as relationships deepen and the characters take risks and become more honest with each other and themselves. Mental illness is merely a backdrop. Well-rendered characters; witty, intriguing conversations; and complex friendships are center stage.”

    AudioFile

  • “You will laugh, you may cry—and you won’t be able to put this book down.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2016
  • A People Pick of the Week for Best Summer Reads

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About the Author

John Corey Whaley grew up in Louisiana. His debut novel, Where Things Come Back, was the 2012 winner of the Michael L. Printz and the William C. Morris Awards. His second novel, Noggin, was a 2014 National Book Award finalist.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and has also been a finalist for an Audie Award in other years. She was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of 2010, and two of her audio narrations were shortlisted for the American Library Association’s notable recordings of 2010. Her narration of Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere earned a place in the first round of 2011 Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer.