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Extraordinary Means by [Schneider, Robyn]
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Length: 341 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—After being diagnosed with a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis, the cute but nerdy Lane is sent to Latham House, an isolated boarding school where there is plenty of fresh air, no homework or tests, and long rest periods between classes. Lane, who has been more focused on getting into his dream college than making meaningful friendships and high school memories, connects once again with the eccentric Sadie, a former summer camp intrigue who has already been quarantined at the school for over a year. With only a narrow chance at recovery, as romance unfurls, neither teen has fully come to terms with what it means to be terminally ill. Sadie, who has had a chance to reinvent herself with her close friends of TB misfits, isn't sure what life outside of Latham would mean for her, whereas Lane, who always felt fun could wait until college, is forced to slow down and now sees how little he has lived. Even with the grim setting, funny dialogue, especially among Sadie's close knit group of friends, carries this story through its predictable paths. The novel is told in alternating voices, and Sadie's characterization often feels a little weak in comparison to Lane's. Still, their struggles will have teens wanting to read to the finish. VERDICT 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 (Dutton, 2012).—Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Library, OR

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“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

  • File Size: 1001 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 26, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 26, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N7Y36KC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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