Summary (from Goodreads):
“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, introducing him to her charming boyfriend Clark and confiding her fears in him. Soon, all three teens are far closer than they thought they’d be, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well.”
This was my first John Corey Whaley novel, which is embarrassing for someone who loves contemp YA as much as I do. His first two novels have both been very well received (especially the first one) and I definitely want to read both—especially after reading this one.
I loved Solomon immediately. He’s agoraphobic and hasn’t left the house in three years. (I can’t even imagine and I’m someone who’s happiest when at home.) And then he meets Lisa, who enters his life only to be able to write a college admissions essay about him (she wants to be a psychologist). Except they end up becoming really good friends, which leads to guilt.
Obviously, right? Because how do you tell your new friend that you initially started hanging out with him to get into the college of your choice (preferably with a full scholarship)?
I absolutely adore this book and hope to get to his backlist quickly.