What do you get when you combine a discontent perfectionist who’s driven to succeed at all costs with an agoraphobic teenage boy with a serious anxiety disorder? Basically this book. Plus so much more.
Everything about this story was fresh, from the writing, to the characters, to the way complex topics are presented and handled.
Solomon won’t leave his house. He hasn’t for 3 years (since he was in middle school), and he’s sure he can’t. He knows it’s better for everyone if he doesn’t. Because anxiety attacks are as physically crippling for him as they are emotionally.
Lisa is determined to cure him, so she can write an essay about her experience with mental illness, in order to win a scholarship to college and get out of the town she hates.
Clark is Lisa’s boyfriend, Solomon’s crush, and one of the most enjoyable side characters I’ve read in ages. Clark is basically caught in the middle between Lisa’s ambitions and a growing friendship with Solomon.