Author: Rachael Lippincott // Published: 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?
Thank you Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest review
“How long will I live my life afraid of what-ifs?”
Five Feet Apart was a really sweet story with a great educational background on what it’s like to have and live with CF (Cystic Fibrosis). The story was really cute and all but I truthfully didnt form any attachment to the characters. I enjoyed it mostly because it shed some light on an illness that many might not know about. The relationship between Stella and Will was so wonderful and affectionate. This book is quite different from other books that deal with terminal illness, and the fact that the two main characters can’t physically touch is interesting because you get to see a different side of showing affection.
The movie will be releasing in March and I’m honestly really excited to see how they’ll bring the story to life. The book is definitely worth the read. It might not be a favorite but there’s no doubt that it was unique and educational.
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