TITLE: Extraordinary Means
AUTHOR: Robyn Schneider
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children’s
AGE GROUP: 13+
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.
‘Extraordinary Means,’ is really a dazzling book- that made me feel privileged to pick it up and read it. Being a fan of Robyn Schneider’s previous book, ‘Severed Heads, Broken Hearts,’ and with a lot to live up to- the novel didn’t not disappoint in the least.
Seventeen year old Lane is sent to Latham House, a boarding school for very ill teenagers, specifically with a form of drug resistant tuberculosis: as you could understand, he feels very alone. His friends and family now live hours away: and he never feels like his life will get back on track, or even him fit in with the routine. But when he stumbled across Sadie, (a blast from the past), and her group of friends- Lane feels like he might just to be able to make his time at Latham House more tolerable.
This novel would give anyone, ‘the feels-’ as it’s so pleasant, uplifting: but heartbreaking all rolled into one. Schneider grasped both the voices of Lane and Sadie perfectly, as the story is told in a two person perspective. I could feel an instant attachment to all of the characters, all due to the writing style and build up of characters- making the book come to life right in my hands.
Once I had finished the book, I did sit and contemplate why exactly this book hadn’t come into my life sooner, in some way. A beautiful, powerful book that makes your heart glow in the right places- ‘Extraordinary Means,’ is so easily in my list of favourite books. It is a perfect novel for John Green fans, as they will devour this in a matter of hours, just like I did.