Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

STAR RATING: 4/5

DATE OF PUBLICATION: May 10th, 2016

PUBLISHER: Dial Books

 NUMBER OF PAGES: 256 pages

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Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him. 

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?

Enter Lisa.

Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same.

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Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

STAR RATING: 5/5

DATE OF PUBLICATION: June 9th, 2015

PUBLISHER: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

 NUMBER OF PAGES: 286 pages

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An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

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Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

STAR RATING: 5/5

DATE OF PUBLICATION: February 23rd, 2016 (first published March 5th, 2015)

PUBLISHER: Penguin Books

NUMBER OF PAGES: 272 pages

SYNOPSIS:

I want life. I want to read it and write it and feel it and live it. I want, for as much of the time as possible in this blink-of-an-eye existence we have, to feel all that can be felt. I hate depression. I am scared of it. Terrified, in fact. But at the same time, it has made me who I am. And if – for me – it is the price of feeling life, it’s a price always worth paying.

Reasons to Stay Alive is about making the most of your time on earth. In the western world the suicide rate is highest amongst men under the age of 35. Matt Haig could have added to that statistic when, aged 24, he found himself staring at a cliff-edge about to jump off. This is the story of why he didn’t, how he recovered and learned to live with anxiety and depression. It’s also an upbeat, joyous and very funny exploration of how live better, love better, read better and feel more.

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