Hello, friends! I am very happy to share this book with you today! I read Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider at the beginning of March and I finished it incredibly fast! There might be some spoilers in this post, so please make sure you’ve read the book before you read this (however, I will warn you when I write some spoilers, so for now, just keep reading)!
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.
This is the summary you can find on Goodreads. This is very ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ with its sick people and incurable diseases. It’s about a new form of Tuberculosis and affected teenagers who go to this country house in the middle of nowhere so they can rest a lot and breathe fresh air. By the way, this new form of TB is completely made up and the author explains that it really was just her creativity that made this story happen. If you’re anything like me and a bit of an hypochondriac, I thought this little heads up would be good for you. I only found out after finishing the book, so you can imagine all the symptoms I had throughout the book… 🙄
We get to know Lane and Sadie and some other teenagers living at this boarding school and we find out the connection between Lane and Sadie. When I read that the book was about teenagers, I immediately thought I wouldn’t like it. I’m more into 20s, 30s kind of plot because obviously I identify a lot more with this age group. I was pleasantly surprised when reading it though. The writing is very simple, stripped from snobbish words or syntax so it’s suitable for a younger audience too.
I liked how Lane and Sadie develop their relationship and how easily dependent on each other they become. Just like teenagers, I guess. I loved imagining the boarding school and its surroundings and even the little town just nearby. It made me feel that was a magical place where everyone would love to visit, but obviously no one would actually want to end up there. The plot is also simple and easy to predict but I still enjoyed reading it.
I feel like after Sadie’s death, the characters were quickly wrapped up and I didn’t feel like they got the closure they could’ve gotten. I wanted more for Lane. And all her friends too. I also wanted more about the revolutionary cure and what happened to all others who did not attend the school but also had TB. Of course, some might love the unknown and imagine the rest and that’s the beauty of reading. Everyone can idealize different scenarios and endings, but I guess that I just needed a little more from this one!
Overall, I read fast, so I have to admit I did enjoy it and it was one of those that you can’t put down until you’ve finished it. The language was a little too flat for me and I wanted more at the end, so I’ll give it:
I can leave you with one of my favourite excerpts from the book as I normally do: