Synopses & Reviews
At seventeen, 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 from alternating points of view, Extraordinary Means is a darkly funny story about doomed friendships, first love, and the rare miracle of second chances.
Praise for THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING:“Smart writing and a compelling narrator raise this book above ordinary depictions of high school drama. Efficient use of language, evocative descriptions and subtle turns of phrase make reading and rereading this novel a delight.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This thought-provoking novel about smart kids doing interesting things will resonate with theJohn Green contingent, as it is tinged with sadness, high jinks, wry humor, and philosophical pondering in equal measures.” Booklist (starred review)
“Schneider shows remarkable skill at getting inside her narrators head as his life swings between disaster and recovery.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Robyn Schneider can write.” New York Times Book Review
“This is a wonderfully told story. The dialogue moves the plot along at a fast pace, and Ezra, with all his flaws, is a character to whom readers can relate. Teens wont want to put this one down.” School Library Journal
“THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING is a tragic romance of the best kind that leaves the reader feeling as though they are part of the story, and wishing there was more.” Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Schneiders subtlety, combined with themes about learning to live life fully, makes this an easy recommendation for those seeking titles similar in premise to John Greens The Fault in Our Stars.” School Library Journal
“Balancing the hope of new beginnings against the uncertain fates of victims, its a novel that should prompt thoughtful discussions.” Publishers Weekly
“Clever banter, self-deprecating humor and the distinctive characters ensure that this captivating book about life, death, fear, and second chances will fly off the shelves.” Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Fans of John Greens blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars who are eager for more ofthat kind of story will likely be satisfied.” Booklist
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.
About the Author
Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality. She 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 lives in Los Angeles, California, but also on the internet.