Title: Extraordinary Means
Author: Robyn Schneider
Synopsis (from bn.com):
Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life. But when he finds himself at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, he discovers an insular world with paradoxical rules, med sensors, and an eccentric yet utterly compelling confidante named Sadie—and life as Lane knows it will never be the same.
Robyn Schneider’s Extraordinary Means is a heart-wrenching yet ultimately hopeful story about the miracles of first love and second chances.
Well my obsession with Young Adult fiction continues with this book by Robyn Schneider. This story follows a group of teens who are living at Latham House, a sanitorium for patients with incurable TB.
I picked up this book of course because of the teens in medical crisis story. SPOILER ALERT – the author makes very clear in her notes that there is no resistant strain of TB of course so it left the whole premise of the book a little unreal and disappointing to me from the very beginning.
The overall plot of course included aspects of boy meets girl and falls for girl, but what I truly enjoyed about this book were the deeper, more meaningful themes of building friendships in unfortunate circumstances, looking at the meaning of your life in a different way, change, taking risk, facing death, and so many many more in this brief book.
I think many teens can identify with the main character, Lane, in this novel in terms of his strong drive to success and get in the best college with the best grades and the best everything, his perfectionism, his single goal in life . . . and hopefully can gain some adult life lessons throughout the book.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book . . . wish the premise of the story had been at least build on a real situation at least but could get passed it. Strong characters, great themes beyond simple teen falling in love story.
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