By Mónica González
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“My first night at Latham house, I lay awake in my narrow, gabled room in cottage 6 wondering how many people had died in it. And I didn’t just wonder this casually, either. I did the math. I figured the probability. And I came up with a number: eight. But then, I had always been terrible at math.” – Lane (Chapter One)
Lane had his entire life planned out; he was taking every AP class, joined every club remotely significant to his academic record, and he is getting ready for to apply for early admissions to Stanford, but there’s only one thing standing in his way. His recent diagnosis of Tuberculosis has forced him to take residence in a quarantined sanatorium until he gets healthier, they find a cure, or loses his battle against his illness.
Sadie remembers very little from her life before Latham House, not that there’s much she’d like to remember anyway. After a friendless and lonely life, and even worse summer camp memories, Sadie has found her happy place inside the walls of the sanatorium. Unlike before, Sadie has friends now, she’s considered one of the cool kids, the troublemakers and, despite her seventeen months of Tuberculosis and counting, she always makes the most of her life. Only when Lane shows up; Lane, who she believes to have asked her out in summer camp and then stood her up the night of the dance, she fears for the status she’s come to have.
“We mourn the future because it’s easier than admitting we’re miserable in the present.” – Lane (Chapter Eighteen)
Things might not always be what they appear to be, and when the two finally learn this lesson, they begin to fall in love. From that point on, nothing will ever be the same, and the two will have to learn this lesson one more time, from a whole new perspective.
This is a very interesting book that fans of YA contemporary literature will surely enjoy. With all of it’s pop culture references, such as butterbeer latte’s, Midnight in Paris, John Green novels and Professor Slughorn, as well as an Easy A-ish feel to the story, readers will not help but relate and feel like they’re right there in Latham with them. Aside from minor editorial concerns, I have nothing but good things to say about this book. This was my first Robyn Schneider novel, but definitely not my last. If you decide to pick up this book, you will not regret it in the slightest.
Even if you missed last month’s book club event, I still suggest you read this book. I strongly recommend it to everyone who loves this genre.