Saturday, November 7, 2015

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

Extraordinary Means
Robyn Schneider
Contemporary Young Adult
Paperback, 324 pages
26th May 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books

Goodreads Ratings : 4.03/5
My Rating : 3.5/5

From the author of The Beginning of Everything: two teens with a deadly disease fall in love on the brink of a cure.

At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it's easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.

There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.

But there are consequences to having secrets, particularly at Latham House. And as Lane and Sadie begin to fall in love and their group begins to fall sicker, their insular world threatens to come crashing down. 

Told in alternating points of view, Extraordinary Means is a darkly funny story about doomed friendships, first love, and the rare miracle of second chances.
“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.”

This book is slightly above average for me. I mean, the book is cool, but its not THAT extraordinary, you know ? It doesn't stand out that much from every other books of its kind. Robyn's wit and humour really works though bcs I caught myself laughing a few times. AND THERE ARE A FREAKING LOT OF HARRY POTTER'S REFERENCES!!!!! My Potterhead heart is happy. oh and there are a lot of tv shows/movies/musics and Games of Thrones references too. 

Lane and Sadie's adventures are exciting but somehow..... I couldnt seem to connect with them. Their romance doesnt get my heart goes all fluttering either. It doesn't deliver that much spark in my opinion. But this is probably just me since everyone else seems to be okay with it.

The ending didnt broke me too. I guess depression/illness themed books really arent meant for me. Sigh.

“There's difference between being dead and dying. We're all dying. Some of us die for ninety years, and some of us die for nineteen. But each morning everyone on this planet wakes up one day closer to their death. Everyone. So living and dying are actually different words for the same thing, if you think about it.” 

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