Whaley, John Corey. Highly Illogical Behavior.
5Q * 3P * J * S (a)
Whaley, John Corey. Highly Illogical Behavior. Dial/Penguin Random House, 2016. 256p. $17.99. 978-0-525-42818-3.
After a panic attack and an incident involving an outdoor fountain at his junior high three years ago, sixteen-year-old Solomon has not stepped foot outside of his house. Then Lisa enters his life, an ambitious budding psychiatrist who witnessed Sol's fountain dive and is determined to help him beat his agoraphobia. Her intentions are not completely selfless; she hopes that after spending the spring and summer with Sol, "treating" his condition and writing up her results, she will be guaranteed the scholarship to her top-pick college. But their friendship genuinely develops and deepens, especially when Lisa invites her boyfriend, Clark, to meet Sol. Eventually, Sol emerges outside to his backyard, and the three spend the summer in his swimming pool, cracking jokes and sharing stories until jealousies and motives are revealed.
The most refreshing part of this novel is that the characters are all honest with themselves, even when they know their intentions are not pure. They are also intelligent, well rounded, and have quick senses of humor. Star Trek fans will appreciate the references and inside jokes between Sol and Clark, and nonfans will appreciate Lisa's confusion about their obsession. Readers may be left questioning what caused Sol's panic disorder, but this is a small quibble in an otherwise overwhelmingly great story about anxiety, friendship, and love.--Deena Viviani.