Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider | Book Review

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

Reading Group: 17-years-old+

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this darkly funny novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Beginning of Everything.

Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life. But when he finds himself at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, he discovers an insular world with paradoxical rules, med sensors, and an eccentric yet utterly compelling confidante named Sadie—and life as Lane knows it will never be the same.
Robyn Schneider's Extraordinary Means is a heart-wrenching yet ultimately hopeful story about the miracles of first love and second chances.

Cover: The cover of this book shows the night sky and the woods.  The woods are important because the characters spent time in the woods and it's actually connected to two of the character's deaths.  Charlie dies in the woods and Sadie gets hurt in the woods, which eventually leads to her death.  The characters also talk about stars throughout the story so I like to think that the two shooting stars are for Sadie and Charlie.  

My Review: I really enjoyed this book and I can definitely see the relation between it and The Fault in Our Stars.  Stories like this definitely remind me how little time we may have with certain people and that we need to make those moments last.  The quote on the cover of the book "Life goes on until it doesn't" sums that up really well.  We all expect a tomorrow and that any mistakes we make can be fixed tomorrow, but that's not always true.  Sadie was lucky that she was able to go to Lane and tell him that she never wanted to break up because it wasn't long after that that she was attacked in the woods.  I think this book also pointed out the importance of friendship and showing that we all have those people that we're willing to break the rules for.  And it's nice to know that people like that are around you.  Life is so much more than resume building and I know that sometimes we don't think about the future at all and other times we think about it too much, but I don't think you should ever do something you don't want to do because it 'looks good' because there are plenty of things that will give you a great future at the same time as making the present awesome.  This story was a great one and a relatively quick read.  It kind of broke my heart, and you all know I prefer a happy ending, but like All the Bright Places there was something about this one that made me want to force my friends to read it,

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