Prelude: about my December goals
My biggest challenge in NaNo last month was not the word count. That was fairly easy for me. Writing something in a style that anyone else would want to read was my biggest challenge. I realized it was because I haven’t been reading enough these days. So this month, I’m taking a break from revising my junk draft. Instead, I’m going to read and review as many books as I can to get back in the habit.
Between 1995 and 2010, I wrote at least one book review a week every week for my various jobs. I was a book seller, college student, school library media specialist, and then an assistant in the YA department of a public library. I thought I would keep it up after my daughter was born. But I slacked off right after I took time off work. This is my first review in over six years. I hope they get better over the month!
I was doing a book review a day, four days a weekin my prime. I don’t know if I’m ready to hit the ground running, but just like the NaNoWriMo challenge, I’ll do my best efforts every day. That got me 66k worth of words in November. It should get me far this month as well.
I’m more than a little bit rusty. And this was a tough book to start with. I loved it so much. But to give any sort of synopsis risks spoilers. A big part of the charm of the story was watching it unfold in a sympathetic and realistic way.
What will I be reading?
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Here is John Corey Whaley’s personal home page. He’s got two free chapters for you to read, to entice you.
Here is the text of the synopsis I found on both Goodreads and Amazon.
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?
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.
Here is the Amazon link so you can buy it yourself. I’m not an Amazon affiliate, so I get nothing for linking this. I got the ebook from my local library website.
This is my “Goodreads Review”
|Rating||really liked it|
|Status||Read on December 01, 2016|
|Review||It’s hard for me to talk about the story much because my favorite bits are spoilers! I wish I could talk to someone else about this book right now. I’d love to discuss it in depth.
I had so much fun reading this book! I thought the character of Solomon was so well thought out. He seemed to be such a real person. I loved his dialogue. I’m a Trek geek, and I loved that he was a ST: TNG fan. He was great. I wish he were real so I could be his friend! He’s that awesome.
His portrayal of agoraphobia and anxiety was realistic. I had severe issues with this in middle and high school myself. I never jumped into a fountain, but I could totally relate. I wish online school was an option when I was a kid.
I found Lisa to be a bit insufferable, however. Maybe she was as realistic as Solomon. I just can’t stand type A personalities like her. If she were a side character, I wouldn’t have minded so much. But it was hard for me to sympathize with her as a POV character. I wanted to get out of her head and stay in Solomon’s world.
The side characters of Clark and his family were sympathetic and believable. Overall, the characters were very well rounded and well thought out. It was a very sweet story, and I’d recommend to all my friends!(less)