Somewhere in the fall of last year, I came across Five Feet Apart. The plot interested me, so I saved it on Storytel. However, I never came around reading it until I saw it coming up again everywhere. The movie won’t be out in the Netherlands till June, so will the translation of the book.
Representation: Cistic Fibrosis, gay rep, POC rep. Trigger warnings: (mentioning of) death, grief, loss, heartbreak.Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
on November 20, 2018
Soon to be a major motion picture in March 2019!
In this moving story that’s perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives.
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?
Well, I finished this book in a bit over 24 hours. The story of Five Feet Apart sucked me deep into it from start to finish and I haven’t had that feeling for a good while. I will keep this review short because it’s hard to not give too much away about this book. I cannot judge the CF representation, but for me it sounded like a good one. I am not familiar with this illness, but the impact of CF became really clear to me when reading Five Feet Apart.
At first, I found Will a total j*rk to literally everyone and I really didn’t understand his mom. Well, Will didn’t either until a lot later in the book. That was an eye opener for both him and the reader. However, that’s not the only shocking revelation this book has in store for us. Right from Stella’s first chapter you know something is up, but you have no clue who or what until like halfway into the story. This keeps you curious.
The growth both Stella and Will show throughout this book is amazing. You see them growing closer and wow. And then something happens and holy moly. I’m not a book cryer, but even I had to stop reading as I was on my way to one of our regional offices of the organization I work for and I was on the edge of bawling my eyes out. It was my first time there, so that would not have made a great first impression. Pro tip: have your tissues ready. Second pro tip: avoid reading this book in public transport while you can because it also made me swear out loud. Somewhere close to the end……
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was much better than I’d expected. Will I go see the movie? I don’t know yet, because I don’t want the story to be ruined.
Have you read the book or seen the movie of Five Feet Apart? What did you think of it (or both)?