Book Review #31: Extraordinary Means- Robyn Schneider


Title: Extraordinary Means
Author: Robyn Schneider
Publication: May 26th 2015, Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 324
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0062392557 / 9780062392558

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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.

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“Being temporary doesn’t make something matter any less, because the point isn’t for how long, the point is that it happened.”

A story of breaking the rules that ended up on both living the life one should be, and dying. This piece is a reminder that nobody knows when it would be their last day, and it’s nice to know that you did everything that you could have done before the time ticks out.

“It’s strange how can lose things that are still right there. How a barrier can go up at any moment, trapping you on the other side, keeping you from what you want. How the things that hurt the most are things we once had.”

This story is about Lane, a guy who apparently got a diseased and was forced to leave his school and home, and enter Latham House where he met Sadie (again). His life was already planned, but in a snap, everything changes. This is a story of not only fighting to be alive, but also making sure that you live your life to the fullest.

“That’s all you can do in this world, no matter how strong the current beats against you, or how heavy your burden, or how tragic your love story. You keep going.”

Actually, the story didn’t mark on me so much, expect the fact that it blatantly shows on how little understanding and knowledge that people have towards those sick or disabled persons. And this problem is still present nowadays, mind you. Then, the characters are a little rebellious and it spiced up the story since Latham House is all about routine and medication. Another thing that interests me is the back story for Sadie and Lane when they were very young in the camp. On top of this, since it’s my first time to read a Schneider’s book, I am pleased that her writing style can be easily understand and get used to. Finally, the ending got me. And it was totally unexpected. WOAH.

“..pain can’t be taken away. It has to leave on its own. And I wasn’t sure mine was the type of pain that wanted to go away.”

Overall, it was a nice read. It didn’t quite remind me of TFIOS, except for the disease part. This one has its own flavor and strength and story. (Anyway, who could resist the book cover of this one? It’s so gorg, right?) 🙂 🙂


robynschneidersq1-300x300ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she studied medical ethics. She is the author of the best selling young-adult novel “The Beginning of Everything” and to watch her vlogs, head on  at Also, to know more about her, click this.


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