“That’s all you can do in this world, no matter how strong the current beats against you, or how heavy your burden, or how tragic your love story. You keep going.”
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.
When I started this book, I immediately thought that it would be a combination of Looking For Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. It was like that for the first half of the book, but during the second half, it took a different route.
The star of the show is definitely Lane. He is my favorite character and is the most relatable for me. I admit that I kinda have a crush on him. He is a workaholic who has his future planned out and strives for perfection. His going to Latham House is a set back to his plans, and all he wants to do is get out of that place.Until he meets Sadie.
Sadie is pretty comparable to Alaska Young (Looking For Alaska), although I do like Sadie better. We get to know her history and some of her dilemmas were quite relatable. I did get a little annoyed with her at one point though.
I really really love the interactions between Lane and Sadie and how they both make each other a better person. They have such a fun sense of humor. I also like they’re interactions with the side characters, specifically Nick, Charlie, and Marina. They are all such a fun group.
Another brilliant aspect of this book is the writing. It is beautiful. The author did such a great job and used such beautiful metaphors that allows me to imagine and feel what the characters feel. I also think that Robyn Schneider dealt tuberculosis really well in this book. It gives the reader a taste of how the patients feel.
If you want to know more about the book, you can click here for the book trailer. It accurately depicts the feels of this book.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It got me out of my reading slump (hence the lack of reviews lately). If you want to read an emotional book with some cute, fluffy parts and a great set of characters, then this book is for you.
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