Emma Patton


Dependable, Young Adult, Anxiety; friendship; gay; high school; panic disorder

Document Type

Book Review


Solomon hasn’t been outside in three years, since a panic attack at school ended with him splashing around in the school’s fountain. Solomon is content to live out the rest of his life indoors to minimize panic attacks, no matter how much his parents encourage him to branch out. But then he meets Lisa, a girl who has set her sights on a scholarship to study psychology and needs an essay topic. Lisa is certain that if she could just meet Solomon and establish a bond of trust, she can use what she knows about psychology to get him to venture outside. Accomplishing such a feat would certainly win her the scholarship. So, Lisa uses her resources and finally gets the chance to meet Solomon. What she doesn’t anticipate is that her relationship with Solomon will turn into so much more than a client-patient relationship. The two of them, along with Lisa’s boyfriend Clark, will develop a bond of friendship that goes far beyond Lisa’s essay.