In this week’s blog post I’m going to be reviewing Robyn Schneider’s book, Extraordinary Means. If you’ve read it, let me know in the comments what your thoughts are and if you agree with my review.
When he’s sent to Latham House, a boarding school for sick teens, Lane thinks his life may as well be over.
But when he meets Sadie and her friends – a group of eccentric troublemakers – he realises that maybe getting sick is just the beginning. That illness doesn’t have to define you, and that falling in love is its own cure.
Extraordinary Means is a darkly funny story about true friendships, ill-fated love and the rare miracle of second chances.
I wasn’t sure how I would feel when reading this book as I’ve never read anything about sickness. I was intrigued by the story line and after a while, I started to get into it.
Lane is a sweetheart really and needs to learn to live in the present and not the future. He’s consumed with applying for college and his homework but doesn’t have time to spend with any friends or family. So when he’s forced to abandon his schoolwork due to him having TB, he learns how to interact with his new friends and how to enjoy living in the now.
Sadie is who every girl wants to be – or who they think they are. She’s sassy, cheeky and full of confidence, but behind the lipstick and pretty dresses, she’s scared of her future outside of Latham since she has been there so long. Will she make friends? What if she’s really behind? She acts the menace, smuggling in contraband, swigging vodka out of juice boxes and running away into town for carnivals – she’s everything that Lane isn’t. Which is why they work. She taught Lane to live in the moment and to face your fears, while Lane taught Sadie that she needs to trust in the future and not to worry about it.
I’m not going to lie, this book made me cry. I wasn’t expecting the ending and I was so sad. But it really is a beautiful book all about friendship and learning from your experiences. Some things are just meant to be, we don’t know why or how, but they just are.
I can’t wait to read more of Robyn’s work if it’s as good as this. It really does remind me of John Green, so if you’re a fan of his, then this is another author to keep an eye on. You’t won’t be disappointed with the story line of this book, although you may shed a bucket load of tears over it.
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