Title: Five Feet Apart
Author: Rachael Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Release Date: November 20, 2018
Can you love someone you can never touch?
Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.
The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.
Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.
What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?
I was so surprised when I found out that this book was being published and made into a movie at the same time. I figured it must be great, if it was made into a movie before it was even published! It didn’t disappoint.
I didn’t know anything about Cystic Fibrosis before reading this book. I learned a lot! I didn’t know that people who have CF can’t come into contact with each other, because they could contract each other’s germs which could be deadly. It is even worse if the person has another illness on top of CF, such as B. Cepacia. That is what Will has in this story, and it is more crucial that he stay away from Stella. However, that becomes a problem once they meet and fall in love.
This story was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. There was a lot of tragedy, including some things that happened before the beginning of the book. Some parts were difficult to read because they were so heartbreaking, but those parts are also important to the story. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say that I was satisfied with it.
I loved this story and now I can’t wait to watch the movie!
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Have you read Five Feet Apart? What did you think of it?