Extraordinary Means by Robyn SchneiderExtraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

Extraordinary Means

byRobyn Schneider

Paperback | December 20, 2016

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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.

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

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062217178

ISBN - 13:9780062217172

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Quite As Good As I Was Expecting Life seldom goes the way we planned, and that's something the resident's of Latham house no better than anyone. After being diagnosed with TDR-TB (which is a disease that the author fabricated for the story, and doesn't actually exist), teenagers are sent to this sanitarium type institution in order to rest, and try and get their health back on track by living a less stressful, more simple way of life. Extraordinary Means emphasizes the fact that life is short, and there's no guarantee how it'll turn out, or end up. Sometimes all we're blessed with is a short time period in order to leave our mark, and no one really knows what'll happen tomorrow, or even a few short hours from now. For Lane and Sadie, this is a harsh reality, as they watch other resident's life end way too early, and other resident's leave to enter back into the real world where no one wants to accept them. Sometimes you have to make the most of what you're given, and this is why Sadie and her friend's refuse to conform to Latham's ideals and principles, and instead try their best to live life to the fullest, and soon Lane is also swept up in their circle of friends. However, these attitudes can often have harsh consequences, as these five friends will soon find out, and the result is a breathtakingly beautiful look into the world of disease, isolation, expectations, and the harsh reality that often is life. Sadie and Lane were both characters that took me awhile to warm up to for some reason, and unfortunately I never fully felt a true connection to them. I enjoyed their story, even though the romance slightly felt like insta-love, but they never truly redeemed themselves in my eyes, and I think this slightly hankered my enjoyment of this novel. I loved the writing style, the setting, and the in depth look into a modernized part of history that I think a lot of us today weren't even aware actually existed, but it wasn't quite as good as the expectations I'd built up in my mind for it. First off, like I said, I never cared about the character's enough to feel for them, and so some of the heartbreaking moments of the plot were kind of lost on me, which is odd as I'm usually the type that tears up over all those type of moments in books. Secondly, I found some of the pop culture references to be a little strange, and seemed to be thrown in just to emphasize how "cool" the book was, and a lot of them really didn't seem to fit with where they were placed. Thirdly,, I really found myself not enjoying the romance that much as I felt there wasn't enough build up towards it. It literally felt to me like as soon as Sadie found out what had truly happened at summer camp five years prior, then her and Lane were instantly a couple, and it just didn't seem that believable. And Lastly, I felt this book was slightly less enjoyable for me than it could have been due to the presence of a bunch of more vulgar content that I didn't feel was necessary. I'm still really glad I took the time to read this one, as despite some of the negative feelings I had towards it, I really did enjoy it overall honestly. It's unlike anything I've really read before, and I loved the way the author wrote about the outside world panicking over the disease, as they couldn't understand it, and the way these victims of it would forever be outcasts because of it. I think it so accurately represents the way we as society act every time an outbreak of any disease occurs, and it was really interesting to get an in depth look into how those experiencing and living with the disease have to learn to cope with stereotypes and unfair judgments. I ended up giving this one three out of five stars, and really enjoyed reading a YA contemporary on such an original idea. I only wish the characters had been a little more connectable, and that the love story hadn't felt quite so much like insta love.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising read Picked it off the shelf because the title spoke out to me. Great fast read! Puts a nice perspective of the effect unexpected encounters can have on a life.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divine. I managed to get my hands on this book before it was released and I read it 3 times in one week. This book is absolutely amazing. I just purchased my own copy and I promise you, it's worth every penny. Another 5 stars from me!
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Another wonderful book Robyn Schneider. This book is wonderfully written. The story has so much meaning and takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. If you love The Fault in Our Stars this book is for you.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I really loved this book. The author does a great job of really bringing you into the characters' world. I felt like I knew and understood each character almost as if I was hanging out with them myself. The ending was somewhat unexpected, at least in the way it happened and the author threw more than just one curveball into the plot. Overall, very well written and I loved every aspect of it. Definitely would recommend!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you like the fault in our stars... Usually I am not one to be drawn to books that deal with the love story of teenagers with chronic illnesses. However, having read the beginning of everything (one of Robyn Schneider's other books) I decided to give this one a chance. I actually really enjoyed this book a lot, probably more than the fault in our stars (which I was not a huge fan of). It has a similar plot to the fault in our stars... but better. Definitely worth the read
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing, perceptive and another enlightening coming of age story. Lane was about to begin his senior year with his whole life ahead of him. He had his friends, girlfriend and dream of going to Stanford to look forward too. Until he is diagnosed with TDR-turburculosis. He is sent to a sanatorium that has an 80% rate of survival. His world is tipped upside down as he struggles with his past, present and future. Not knowing how much time he has left live or what his future holds, Lane embarks on a road of self-discovery.This is a heartening story in a extremely interesting setting, a sanatorium. I enjoyed this book but not as much as I liked Schneider's other book; The Beginning of Everything. There were some things that I wish we saw happen in the ending that didn't, that would have definitely made the book better for me. Never the less I give this book 4/5 stars. I would recommend this book for those looking for a quick contemporary read, or if the setting/coming of age aspect interests you. The main message I took from this book was to enjoy the moment, to live life to the fullest and to say how you feel because you never know how much time you have left.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I absolutely loved this book! I was told it was like looking for Alaska and the fault of our stars by John Green but it still is quite original. I also read the authors note which gave me a great appreciation for the story-line! Very powerful message and 100% worth the read!
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I absolutely love this book. I bought it because I enjoyed The Beginning of Everything and I ended up liking this one even more. The characters are amazing and so well developed, and the story itself is wonderful and tragic and I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever! If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, you'll love this book! Funny, Romantic and Dynamic is this book!
Date published: 2015-08-13
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

Editorial Reviews

“THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING is a tragic romance of the best kind that leaves the reader feeling as though they are part of the story, and wishing there was more.”