Extraordinary Means

Paperback | December 20, 2016

byRobyn Schneider

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John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this darkly funny novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Beginning of Everything.

Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life. But when he finds himself at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, he discovers an insular world with paradoxical rules, med sensors, and an eccentric yet utterly compelling confidante named Sadie—and life as Lane knows it will never be the same.

Robyn Schneider's Extraordinary Means is a heart-wrenching yet ultimately hopeful story about the miracles of first love and second chances.

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John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this darkly funny novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Beginning of Everything.Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life. But when he finds himself at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, he discovers an insular world ...

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Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life—but when he finds himself at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, he discovers an insular world with paradoxical rules, med sensors, and an eccentric yet utterly compelling confidant named Sadie—and life as Lane knows it will never be the same.

Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:December 20, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062217178

ISBN - 13:9780062217172

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from So great and touching Lane is new to Latham House, a sanatorium for teens with tuberculosis. He had his whole life planned out and now it’s at risk for falling apart as he learns that pushing himself as hard as he used to puts his health at risk. Sadie, a girl from his past, draws his attention. She and her group of friends seem different from all the other kids there. They’re rule-breakers and Lane finds himself slowly becoming one of them and falling for Sadie. Sometimes it’s even easy to forget why they’re all at Latham house, that they’re all sick, that their strain of TB is incurable. Then they’re forced to remember. This book ended up being a surprisingly enjoyable read even with the main subject matter being sick teens. There were many light-hearted moments and a lot of humour sprinkled in with the more serious moments so I found myself laughing just as often as tearing up. Some characters used a lot of dark humour to cope with what was happening to them, some stopped caring about the little things like getting out of PJs, some broke rules. It was interesting to see the different ways the characters used to get through their days. The characters were all great. Lane and Sadie were the main two with their alternating POVs. Lane was an overachiever struggling to adapt to the fact that his body couldn’t handle his workload along with his illness. Sadie was sarcastic and bold and seemed untouchable but she was also really sweet and loved her friends. Nick was the comic of the group, Marina was the artist, and Charlie was the quiet musician. In the world outside Latham house they probably would have never been friends but inside, they were inseparable. There was a lot more to this book than a tragic love story. Lane and Sadie’s love story was a part of the book, a major part, but it was also about their group refusing to give up like so many of the other occupants of Latham house who shuffle around in their PJs. Their group wanted to keep living even as they were getting worse. It was about love and friendship and living and dying all at once. I wouldn’t say it was an easy read, nor did I expect it to be. It still ended up being a fast read because I couldn’t put it down and the author did a great job of making it so I always wanted to know what would happen next. There was a lot of ‘just one more chapter’ before there were suddenly no more chapters left. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! MUST BUY THIS BOOK! I enjoyed this book so much! I saw the book trailer on YouTube and thought it looked ok. A 'The Fault in Our Stars' kind of read. It was so much more! It was it's own story, with a beautiful message and story line. Fans of John Green must read this, in addition to anyone who is interested in reading a YA touching, moving story.I cannot say enough good things about this book. What are you waiting for! BUY IT!!!
Date published: 2015-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Robyn Schneider has created a beautiful story! I loved this book so much. Reading about Lane and his friends in the sanatorium was a surprisingly nice change of plot. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2015-05-30

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