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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review: Extraordinary Means

Extraordinary Means Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was pretty good.
Goodreads Blurb: ( )
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 really enjoyed this book. The part about TB was very unique and interesting. I also liked the alternating perspectives. They added a creative touch, and the characters were like completely opposite. Lane was a kind of shy and nerdy, and Sadie was popular and wild. This book was supposed to remind you of The Fault in Our Stars, which it kind of does with the two sick and dying kids in love with each other. But it also reminded me of Looking for Alaska. The Latham house reminded me of the boarding school, Lane of Miles, and Alaska of Sadie. It also kind of had the same vibe. A lot of kids died in this book as well. That was kind of creepy. The characters all had nice personalities. This book had a tragic ending and left me thinking. I could barely stop reading it!

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