Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Genre: Romance, Illness, Contemporary
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books, May 2015
Overall Rating: 4/5
Synopsis: From the author of The Beginning of Everything: two teens with a deadly disease fall in love on the brink of a cure.
At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it’s easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.
There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.
But there are consequences to having secrets, particularly at Latham House. And as Lane and Sadie begin to fall in love and their group begins to fall sicker, their insular world threatens to come crashing down.
Told in alternating points of view, Extraordinary Means is a darkly funny story about doomed friendships, first love, and the rare miracle of second chances.
I thought this book was enjoyable. I learned more about the disease Tubercolosis. There are two teenagers that have this disease and fall in love with each other. In a way, it’s like the book The Fault in Our Stars. Hazel Grace and Augustus both have cancer, but fall in love with each other any ways. Even though they’re alike, I thought they’re different. The setting is different. Lane and Sadie meet again at a sanitarium.
Here are my favorite quotes:
“I’d listen to whatever songs were on the radio, not because I liked them, but because they were my tarot cards. If the songs were good, it’d be a good day. If they were bad, I’d probably get a B on a quiz.” (pg 2, Schneider)
My dad turns on the radios very morning when I go to school. This would be a cool experiment. Let’s see if it actually works.
“One thing I’ve realized about new places is that there like jeans. Sure, they might fit, but they’re uncomfortable. They need to be broken in.”
I dislike jeans so much because they’re uncomfortable when I sit and they’re tight near the crotch area, for me. My mom won’t let me wear any pants other than jeans to school. I even have jean shorts!