Book Review: Extraordinary Means


Title: Extraordinary Means

Author: Robyn Schneider

Published: May 26th, 2015

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

My Rating: ☆  ☆  ☆  ☆   /5

“Being temporary doesn’t make something matter any less, because the point isn’t for how long, the point is that it happened.”


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.


This is the second book that I’ve read from this author and I wasn’t let down. I have been meaning to read this book and now I have and I liked it. 

The reason I fell for this book because of the connections I felt with the characters, especially Lane. I think I’ll add Lane to my list of favorite characters. Lane is the kind of person where his studies actually took control over him that he’s a different person when that happened. When he finally tried to let go of it, he changes into someone he never thought he would become, a relax and easy-going person. That’s why I felt some connection with him because I too am just like that.

The book was actually a fast and fun read, like riding a roller coaster of emotions, except I am afraid of heights…. so you know, it was fun but I may be left traumatized. The topic being tackled in this book is hard to write but the writer made it seem easy because of her profession. The story was growing along with the development of the characters.

This is a very underrated book because most reviews will say this is like the book The Fault in Our Stars. And yes, it’s like that, but for my opinion, more relatable. It’s more relatable for teens because it doesn’t just tackle romance, but also friendship and the feeling of being isolated from the world.

A big and loud round of applause for this book. Love it. Hoping to read more books from this author. 

Share your thoughts about this book in the comment section. 

About The Author 


Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality who misspent her youth in a town coincidentally similar to Eastwood. Robyn is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she studied medical ethics. She is also the author of the middle grade Knightley Academy books, written as Violet Haberdasher. She lives in Los Angeles, California, but also on the internet.


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