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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

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?

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I wanted to read this book before watching the movie that was based on the book, which I do in fact, still have to watch!

Five Feet Apart is an emotional and a heart-wrenching story, it is told from two POVs Stella and Will, who both suffer with cystic fibrosis. They’re both in hospital getting treatment for complications from the CF.

I thought that the author really went above and beyond in explaining what CF is and also about what life with the disease is like, although it’s not something I’m personally familiar with I have read other reviews from people with such good things to say about the portrayal of the characters with CF. It isn’t just added in to the story for the sake of it or to make another sad book, you can really tell the author had a story to tell right from the beginning.

That being said the focus isn’t solely on the cystic fibrosis, it more so focuses on the characters who happen to have it and their journeys through their treatments.

Stella was quite a serious person, age strictly follows a rigid medical schedule, never straying from her plan or skipping a treatment, which is understandable given the seriousness of CF.

And then there’s Will – another teen with CF who is in the hospital for an experimental drug trial to treat his deadly bacterial infection, because of this bacterial infection he isn’t eligible for a lung transplant, which means his life expectancy isn’t very high, which has made him almost give up, her barely does his treatments, just waiting until he turns eighteen and can leave the hospital and live the rest of his life, however long that may be…

Will and Stella are polar opposites, however from the beginning their chemistry is something else. They immediately start to influence one another, Stella convincesWill to start taking his treatments more seriously and Will in turn convinces Stella to loosen up and live a little.

I really loved watching these two develop throughout the book, I love an emotional read from time to time, and sometimes emotion is hard to do without going over the top, but I really enjoyed this one. It was very well written, easy to read and quite a quick read to.

If you’re a fav of sad books, similar to A Fault in the Stars then I highly recommend this one. I’m excited to watch the movie and see what they do with it.

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