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QBD Reviewsday: Highly Illogical Behaviour

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Solomon Reed is a sixteen year-old boy who suffers from agoraphobia and anxiety. He hasn't stepped outside of his house - not even into his own back yard - for three years. Prior to Solomon not leaving his house, he had a panic attack at school which resulted in him ending up in the school water fountain, and nobody has seen him or heard from him ever since.

Lisa Praytor is an over-achiever. She excels at everything academically and socially, and she wants to gain a scholarship in university to one of the best psychology courses there is. In order to do that, she needs to write an entry essay on her own personal experience with mental illness. Lisa remembers Solomon, and finds a way to get in touch with him to ask if he'd like to hang out some time. Not knowing Lisa's plan, Solomon accepts, and so begins their friendship. Lisa's boyfriend, Clark, isn't happy with the entire situation because of the wrongness of it all, but he will let her do just about anything if it makes her happy.

How long can Lisa and Clark keep the plot under wraps until Solomon discovers the real reason that Lisa contacted him in the first place?

 

Highly Illogical Behaviour discusses mental illness and what the support of good friends can do to help you cross bridges you never thought you'd step foot on. The trust that Solomon puts in Lisa, and then Clark, is incredible, and the love they all form for one another is so heartwarming!

The main thing I loved about this book is that the author confronts the reality of agoraphobia and steals the stigma behind it. They talk about the fear and complexities of the illness, and they also talk about the difficulty of attempting to overcome it - they show that although someone may be trying their absolute hardest to conquer their disorder and come out the other end, it isn't going to happen in one step and it definitely doesn't happen if strength and courage aren't involved in the process.

Book-A-Like: Me, Earl & The Dying Girl and All The Bright Places

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Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and they spend their time making their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.
Until Greg's mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel. Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia - cue extreme adolescent awkwardness - but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed.
When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives. And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.
- Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the 'natural wonders' of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself - a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink.
- All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven