I am not a John Green fiend (I swear this is relevant). I've read a couple of his books and I think Paper Towns is on my To-Read list. This is not to say that I don't enjoy John Green's books. Not at all. I just this background might be helpful going forward with this review. Sorry I've been posting so sporadically, guys!
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I read a review on Goodreads which presented an alternate title that I think sums up this book in five words: The Fault in Our Alaskas. As luck would have it, I have read both The Fault in Our Stars, and Looking for Alaska. This is not to say that Extraordinary Means is not enjoyable. Now, it's interesting actually. The idea of a drug resistant TB really presents a sad world at Latham House. These teenagers have to confront their mortality on with shocking regularity, but not in a way like it happens in dystopias. No, death from TB is quiet and personal, and it's a slow descent into death. Sadie and Lane have a lovely relationship, and Lane's obsession with perfection which pushes him to try too hard and not actually focus on things he cares about is one that I think a lot of teenagers can relate to. I was an overachiever in school. I took AP classes and advanced math courses I did not enjoy, all so I could plump up my college resume. I burned myself out on many occasions trying to keep up with it all, sacrificing things I enjoyed in order to finish work for those classes. So this book is certainly relatable. But it also has a perfunctory death and teenagers who talk about how unique their tastes are and how that makes them better than everyone else. Sadie and Lane are kept apart by a never-fully-realized plot device which disappears in one conversation. I didn't feel like any of the revelations in this book were particularly new, and I got bored by the end because I knew what was going to happen. Very Fault in Our Alaskas, essentially. All in all, a pleasant, quick read.
Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars (More like 3.5)
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