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Highly Illogical Behaviour

John Corey Whaley

A heartwarming, hilarious and thought-provoking novel about trust, love, friendship and why it’s okay to be different.

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Sixteen year old Solomon has agoraphobia. He hasn’t left his house in three years, which is fine by him. At home, he is the master of his own kingdom–even if his kingdom doesn’t extend outside of the house.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to go to a top tier psychiatry 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.

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Accessible, fast paced, I'll be thinking about this book for months maybe years from now.

Guardian on Where Things Come Back
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At a time when young adult literature is actively picking away at the stigma of mental illness, Whaley carves off a healthy chunk with style, sensitivity and humor.... ELECTRIFYING.

The New York Times Book Review
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People Magazine
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Chapters... brim over with WARM, WITTY, AUTHENTIC dialogue.... Readers will easily come to care about these bright, wonderfully nerdy, flawed characters.

Kirkus Reviews
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Whaley again tackles heavy, heady topics with a light touch, populating his PERCEPTIVE AND QUICK-WITTED story with endearing, believably flawed teens.

Publishers Weekly
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A LOGICAL CHOICE for Whaley's fans, Trekkies, and sensitive readers of all stripes.

School Library Journal
JohnCorey Whaley

John ‘Corey’ Whaley grew up in the small town of Springhill, Louisiana, where he learned to be sarcastic and to tell stories. He started writing stories about aliens and underwater civilizations when he was around ten or eleven, but now writes realistic YA fiction. His debut novel Where Things Come Back won the Printz Medal, and his second book Noggin…

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