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From the author of The Beginning of Everything comes the story of two teens with a deadly disease who fall in love on the brink of a cure.

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 in alternating points of view, Extraordinary Means is a darkly funny story about doomed friendships, first love, and the rare miracle of second chances.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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)

  • “It’s hard to imagine a story about terminally ill teens that isn’t depressing, but Schneider has created just that…Lane and Sadie’s alternating viewpoints sensitively trace how their experiences affect their perspectives of both life and death…Balancing the hope of new beginnings against the uncertain fates of victims, it’s a novel that should prompt thoughtful discussions.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The uncommon setting, Schneider’s keen ear for dialogue, and the distinctive characters ensure that this captivating book about life, death, fear, and second chances will fly off the shelves.”


  • “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

  • “Narrator Khristine Hvam and James Fouhey are well cast in their dual narration of the interwoven story of Lane and Sadie…Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality who misspent her youth in a town coincidentally similar to Eastwood. 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, but also on the Internet.