Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider


Two teens with a deadly disease fall in love on the brink of a cure

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.

Here's what #HCCFirstLook readers thought!

"Fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars will definitely fall for Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider. Schneider’s refreshing Extraordinary Means is a book that will encourage thought, evoke laughter and tears, and provide just the right amount of teenage nostalgia (for me anyway) that it will not be easy to forget! " - Erin C

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