A Rambling Review: Extraordinary Means by Robin Schneider



4 Stars

“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.”

-Summary from goodreads.com

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Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge: Season 1

Gilmore Girls has been on Netflix for a couple months now, and I’m hooked. Thanks to creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, I feel like an unofficial member of Stars Hollow and less of a binge-watching couch potato. Sherman-Palladino did not create a show; she created a community with a strong ensemble and a charming small town.

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DC: Darlingly Cozy

Happy March!

Thankfully spring is right around the corner. I love the winter and snow, but this year has been particularly hard. Warm summer breezes, the beach and the hot sun are calling for me…

Last week was spring break for us bees! (Minus Kelly-who is enjoying hers this week. Don’t worry, she will share all about her travels soon!)

I decided to use the time off to visit my best friend, Beth, who goes to school at George Washington University in Washington D.C. I only stayed for about three days, so Beth and I fit all the sightseeing we could into those days. I also took a ton of pictures and only finished going through them today! The dangers of me and a camera are endless…

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A Playlist For Winter Blues


Happy Sunday and Happy (???) Winter.

If you weren’t aware, Chicago is very cold, and I am very sad.

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Like can we maybe not do this Chicago? (also this is actually warm compared to the past couple of days)

Plus, the entire East Coast is pretty much buried in snow.

Basically the winter blues are very very real right now.

When it’s cold like this, there’s a very very specific type of music I like to listen to. It’s a mix of like slow acoustic and deep angry songs. I get very frustrated when I can’t find songs that fit my mood.

So I made a playlist of the kind of music I like to listen to when it’s -12 degrees outside and I want nothing to do with leaving my bed.

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Lovely Magnolia

There are many approaches to Valentine’s Day. There’s the lovey-dovey option or the anti-love option. Me, I love the celebration of love! I don’t think it matters if you have a significant other, because even if you don’t there are so many people who love you either way! Why not use that day for them?!

Based on this opinion, some friends and I went out on Valentine’s Day to the Field Museum, Qdoba, and to the cutest bakery I have ever been to, Magnolia Bakery.

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