Highly Illogical Behavior

Highly Illogical Behavior
Written by John Corey Whaley

Publisher’s Summary:
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 how can she prove she deserves a spot there?

Solomon is the answer.

Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa thrusts herself into his life, sitting through Star Trek marathons with him and introducing him to her charming boyfriend Clark. Soon, all three teens are far closer than they thought they’d be, and when their walls fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well.

Primary Source Pairing:
“Solomon never needed to leave the house anyway” (first line of the book). Solomon is lured by the water though, and after his Grandma pays for a pool to be built in his backyard, he ventures out to swim in the pool. In this story of friendship, self-discovery, and finding the courage to break through barriers (physical or otherwise), readers will root for each character and wish them the best. For this primary source pairing, invite students to analyze a blueprint for an inground pool. During the analysis, encourage students to consider how the pool in Sol’s backyard impacted the character development of Sol, Lisa, Clark, and the friendship they share.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What graphical elements do you see?
  • What on the blueprint looks strange or unfamiliar?
  • What words or measurements do you see?
  • If you were to change this blueprint, what you add or edit?
  • What questions do you have after analyzing this blueprint?

Credits:
Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Pool Blueprints: PoolProducts.com