YA Review: Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

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Title: Highly Illogical Behavior

Author: John Corey Whaley

Rating: 4/5

Two-sentence summary: Sixteen-year old Solomon developed agoraphobia after experiencing panic attacks every time he left the house, so eventually he just stopped leaving. His former high school peer Lisa befriends him to cure his anxiety and slowly learns that relationships involve more than just “fixing” people.

What I loved: Most of all, I loved the characters. The more you get into this book, the more these characters’ depths unfold. They’re more than just stock-character high school students, and they can’t really be pinned down to any of their labels. This is especially important in that (without spoiling anything), one of the characters identifies as gay. While their coming out is a strong focus of the story, Whaley doesn’t give the character any of the internalized guilt or non-accepting peers often found in YA novels.

Those stories are important to be told, too, but they are told often. This character’s journey was a lot more nuanced. They feared coming out because they feared changing family dynamics and also hesitated because they never thought their sexual orientation was important to share. But they learn that their identity does matter. Their sexual orientation matters. Their relationships matter. They inherently matter and, though they don’t often believe it, they belong.

There are some dark and painful-to-read parts in this book, I’m not gonna sugar coat it, but the author balances those moments well with plenty of humor and truly happy moments. Overall, a quirky, heartwarming book on how a friendship can change both people for the better.

Quote: “We’re just floating in space trying to figure out what it means to be human.”

Recommended: Especially for Trekkies or sci-fi fans in general. They’ll especially enjoy the references in this one (and there are tons, my friends… it’s glorious). But this is also an honest and beautiful look at anxiety recovery.

Plenty of mental health YA books I’ve read don’t have happy moments. This one really pulls on all emotions: happiness, sorrow, panic, hope, love. The works. Whether you yourself struggle with anxiety or you want to understand what it’s like for those who do, this is a great and lighthearted book with surprising depth.

Next: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

3 thoughts on “YA Review: Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

  1. I have heard that John is quite good adding LGBTQ members in his books more like a support character than the main character. However, those play usually a good and really important role on the stories. I have sometimes loved more the secondary characters than the main ones… his characters are great!

    I have had issues with the John’s endings… They are not like Steven King’s endings which are not… precisely… good… but confusing is like all happens too fast and then you don’t quite followed what happened… At least that is what happens to me… XD haha

    I have wanted to read this book so much! He is one of my favorite authors! I like the new cover better haha but I think this cover is not that bad ❤

    Thank you fro sharing! I hope you could take a look at my blog ❤ and I hope you like it! :3

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    1. I totally understand what you mean by loving the supporting characters more than the protagonists. For this book, every character really was wonderful. Hope you enjoy it. I love your blog’s design and look forward to reading more reviews from you. Do you have any particular favorites that you’ve read recently?

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  2. Aww thank you very much! :3 I will keep and eye on yours 😉

    John has really good support characters indeed and I am so so so excited to read this one 😦 but I have a long list to catch up with 😦

    I hmm current I am reading all the Harry Potter’s saga… So I think I will say those ones are… Haha no no xD hmmm that is a really difficult question… I like a lot The Atlantis Gene :3 it was a while a lot but I really like it 🙂


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