Title: Extraordinary Means
Author: Robyn Schneider
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
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 just finished Extraordinary Means and I’m feeling so much right now. (I may or may not have shed a few tears recently.) This book was simply beautiful in all ways. The writing was phenomenal and had me hooked from the first page. Robyn Schneider somehow managed to show the reader the severity of Lane and Sadie’s illness and situation, while giving it a touch of humor. She was also able to take a really crappy situation for Lane, Sadie and their friends and make it fun…until it wasn’t. But even then, it was brilliantly beautiful.
Extraordinary Means was inspirational, heartbreaking and joyous all wrapped up in one incredible package. I would recommend it to YA readers who enjoy novels such as The Fault in Our Stars by John Green or If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I loved it so much I didn’t want it to end. I think I found another new favorite author.