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From Printz Award winner and National Book Award finalist John Corey Whaley comes a story of friendship, love … and agoraphobia

Sixteen-year-old Solomon has agoraphobia. He hasn’t left his house in three years, which is fine by him.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to go to a top-tier psychology 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.

At turns hilarious and heartwarming, Highly Illogical Behavior showcases the different ways in which we hide ourselves from the world—and the ways in which love, tragedy, and the need for connection may be the only things to bring us back into the light.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


  • “Funny [and] heartfelt.”


  • “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.”


  • “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.”


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