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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.

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Critical Praise

“Schneider’s subtlety, combined with themes about learning to live life fully, makes this an easy recommendation for those seeking titles similar in premise to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.” —School Library Journal

“Balancing the hope of new beginnings against the uncertain fates of victims, it’s 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)

“The perfect read-next for fans of the sick-lit trend and readers looking for a tear-stained romance. —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Fans of John Green’s blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars who are eager for more of that kind of story will likely be satisfied.” —Booklist

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 the John 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 narrator’s 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 won’t 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)

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062392558
  • ISBN 10: 0062392557
  • Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
  • On Sale: 05/26/2015
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price: 15.00 CAD
  • BISAC1: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / General
  • BISAC2: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  • BISAC3: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Death & Dying

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