Printz Award winner and National Book Award Finalist Corey Whaley moves seamlessly from head transplants (Noggin) to agoraphobia in his latest offering, the exceptional Highly Illogical Behavior. Here Whaley brings heart, humor, and humanity to the complex topic of mental health in the unforgettable story of Soloman, who hasn't left his house in three years, and Lisa, who has decided to "fix" him.
Joining Corey in conversation at the event will be the excellent Cristina Arreola, Books Editor at Bustle. Audience Q&A and book signing to follow.
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.
John Corey Whaley’s first novel, Where Things Come Back, was the winner of the 2012 Printz Award and the 2012 Morris Award. His second novel, Noggin, was a 2014 National Book Award finalist. He lives in Newport Beach, California.