Book Review, Books

Extraordinary Means – Robyn Schneider

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 is falling I love is its own cure.

I did not know what I was expecting when I went into this book I didn’t really know what it was about other than a boarding school for sick teens I didn’t know if that meant physical sick or mental illness sick, turns out it was physical. I wanted a cute contemporary and I got that just sad ending. I had never heard of this author or book I just picked it up by chance and it did not disappoint, at the moment I really love stories with boarding schools or like facilities where they have to stay and aren’t allowed it kind of makes me happy reading stories like that or they can totally be sad. Like this one. This will have no spoilers in. (Hopefully not anyway if there is you will get a warning.)

This will have no spoilers in. (Hopefully not anyway if there is you will get a warning.)

This book is duo point of view sharing between Lane who we are following as he is sent to Latham house and Sadie who he meets at Latham House. I liked reading at both of these points of views it was so interesting to see Sadie who had been at Latham house for a while and her thoughts on the place whereas he is newly there so he is experiencing things for the first time.

The main plot where about the characters who had TB and they are all put there to keep from infecting other people I found this very interesting the fact that they had to be put out the way so nobody could get infected and how much of an outsider they felt although it is fiction it still makes you think about it. Along with the plot, we get a little look at how their lives were outside of Latham House including how Sadie and Lane had already known each other before.

Lane, he was an interesting character and we see multiple changes through the book of his personality and how he learns to cope things, when he is entered into Latham house it’s all about keeping up with all of his AP classes so he could go to a fantastic college but as he is brought into Sadie’s group of friends we see him change a lot and begin to loosen up and it was so great to see a different person that went in there to leaving like the fact even in bad times that they all managed to make memories with each other and they would be the best memories for anyone.

Sadie, I feel like she would be the type of character almost everyone can relate to, I know I could just from the awkwardness of being 13 and having shit happen and not feeling like you belong to having your own tight group of friends who you can share almost everything with. I loved Sadie’s character she was my favourite character I think.

All the friendships in the book are so lovely and I loved how they all acted with each other and especially introducing Lane into their friendship group they were all different kind of people and Sadie even said that in one of her chapters about if that was a school they wouldn’t be together like they were.

Charlie, I loved him and there is a scene in this which literally made me laugh out loud and I won’t tell you what that is because it will spoil but it was so funny his character I feel like was so different yet still relatable. Nick he was basically friend zoned by Sadie and although he liked her it wasn’t totally obvious and it added to their friendship he was a really funny guy. Marina, she was the only other girl friend that Sadie had and it was strange how different they were and yet similar. One thing all the characters have in common is that they are so funny and I loved that about them.

I did cry at the end of this book but I don’t want to go into the end because it will ruin it!

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