By Maggie Turkovich
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Caption: “Highly Illogical Behavior” offers a deeper understanding of mental illness to readers.
John Corey Whaley’s novel “Highly Illogical Behavior” is the story of a teenage boy’s struggles with agoraphobia and panic attacks. Solomon Reed has not left his house in three years and has no real plans to until meeting Lisa Praytor. Lisa wants nothing more than to help Solomon overcome his fears of the outside world and his anxiety.
While this book is yet another coming of age tale, the way in which Whaley delivers the familiar theme is new and interesting. The characters are realistic and for the most part likeable.
Solomon, for example, spends his time on the internet and watching television. As the characters learn to accept themselves, they also gain new perspectives on the world, causing the reader to reconsider their preconceived notions and challenge their views as well.
Whaley carries the story with lots of sarcasm and humor, making the story more approachable and enjoyable. This book will actually make readers laugh out loud at the witty banter and sarcastic descriptions.
“Highly Illogical Behavior” will hopefully start a movement for novelists to write more about issues like anxiety. He sheds a light on how this disorder and others can drain a person and affect their whole lifestyle. This book may help to end some of the stigma that also comes along with mental and emotional disorders.
Whaley’s book is a funny, heartfelt and a story for people of all ages. It has the power to start an internal and external dialogue on the issues that many of today’s youths face.