Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Published May 26th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books.
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Okay, I feel like I should confess that I didn’t know what this book was about when I picked it up, I think it has just been one of those books that had been sitting on my shelf for far too long and it was finally time to pick it up. So, I was shocked to find out it was about terminally ill teens, the last book I read like that which was The Fault in Our Stars and I loved that so I had hopes that this would be a sweet, heart-breaking story.
This book is about teenagers suffering with TB, we see this from two different perspectives from Sadie and Lane who both suffer from TB, we follow their journey in Latham and watch them develop a relationship and sadly, I didn’t feel like I was very devoted to watched their relationship evolve, if anything I found it a little bit boring. I did enjoy the characters on their own (okay, not all of them), I especially loved the idea of Latham and seeing different sides of how teenagers feel, there is even one bit of the book when we get to read about what it was like for one person going back to ” normal society” and how they were treated.
“That’s all you can do in this world, no matter how strong the current beats against you, or how heavy your burden, or how tragic your love story. You keep going.”
I much preferred Lane as our main character to Sadie, I like how he was still trying to keep up with school, trying to keep out of trouble as he really wanted to go home, until Sadie and her friends let him into their clique. Sadie was an okay character, I just didn’t understand why she risked doing something of the things she did when she was very lucky to be having the care and treatment that not everybody can have.
Overall this book was okay, it was a bit predictable at times, I liked Lane and I really enjoyed the whole idea of Latham and seeing how different these people were treated outside of Latham was quite a shock for me and incredibly eye opening. Robyn Schneider has amazing writing and I will be reading some of her other work in the future.