Book Review: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider


(From Good Reads)
From the author of The Beginning of Everything: two
teens with a deadly disease fall in love on the brink of a
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 like the book, but not so much the same way I liked Robyn Schneider’s debut novel “The Beginning of Everything”.

I can’t help myself not to compare the said novel to this one.

But after all it’s a fun read. It reminds me of “Looking for Alaska” and “The Fault in our Stars”, both written by John Green.

If you want to be reminded how we should all live our life to the fullest, to come out from our shells and comfort zone, because we all have one life to spare–It’s no harm to seize the day as if it is our last–read this one. Okay?

Rate: 4/5 stars ✨

*Have fun reading folks! 🙂


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