Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

When I read The Beginning of Everything by Ms. Schneider earlier this year I was hooked. She is witty, hilarious, and relatable. She reminds me of a female John Green and her latest book, Extraordinary Means reminds me of a mix between Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. Unfortunately, I did not take a picture of this book while I was reading it, which is uncharacteristic and sad because the cover is turquoise and pretty.

Extraordinary Means takes place in a time where tuberculosis has resurfaced and no longer responds to modern medicine. Lane is sent to a sanitarium to wait out the illness where he is quarantined with other sick children. He meets an old aquaintance from camp and is immediately in awe. That’s what reminds me of Looking for Alaska, except instead of boarding school, it’s basically a hospital. Like Alaska, Sadie and her clan are always breaking the rules and living their (probably short,sickly) lives on the edge.  When Lane goes to the Lantham house, he starts to feel like he is truly living, it’s touching really. 

It really was an interesting story, personally I liked The Beginning of Everything better but I definitely had fun reading this one. It really shows what it would be like to live like you are dying, because most of them are. 

Three stars


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