Five Feet Apart
Author: Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
Rated P for powerful storytelling that’s more than just romance, even though it’s sweetly predictable.
Can you love someone you can never touch?
Stella Grant has been in and out of the hospital all her life. She has cystic fibrosis and follows a specific regimen to keep her oxygen levels up as she waits for new lungs. That also means staying away from anything and anyone. She keeps up a YouTube channel keeping people informed about CF and also keeping herself connected to the world.
Then in comes Will Newman, also living with CF but a more serious strain that could jeopardize everything Stella has worked for, but she’s never wanted to break the rules more than right now. Will is sarcastic and reckless, but he makes her want to live. In an effort to find some sort of middle ground she decides to claim one foot back in her life. Instead of staying six feet apart from everything she’ll take it to five feet. Is it enough though? With Will, it is.
I’m so excited to see the movie! While I know this book pairs with the script rather than coming first, I wanted to read it first. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to prepare myself before going to see the movie either. It was because I wanted to see if the book was as beautiful as the trailer, and what I assume the movie will be. And it was.
The book was moving. I’ve maybe cried four times in all from books I’ve read. I didn’t cry during this book, but my heart did fall out of my body with a splat. Emotions pounded me like tidal waves. Poe, the bestest best friend with phenomenal cooking skills. Will, the sarcastic one with the charming smile that could care less. Stella, the determined and in control one determined to learn everything she can. And Nurse Barb, the warrior who protects them and their lungs. While cystic fibrosis rules their lungs, it doesn’t rule their hearts.
Will and Stella became Sour Patch Kids: sour but sweet. Really really REALLY sweet and they didn’t bust my tastebuds or turn them raw after too many. I couldn’t get enough of them and their ridiculous romantic antics.
This book was truly a beautiful and endearing story of overcoming odds and circumstances while also learning to deal and make the best of a real tough situation that’s basically impossible. They didn’t stop living their lives even though they’re all missing out on so much. Because of each other, all of them lived their best lives and my heart was overflowed with the feels!
And this is one of those books. You get so much beauty and love and blooming goodness that when you get slammed with the sadness…YOU…GET…SLAMMED. It brings out the realness of how life can take things away from with the snap of your fingers and it’s painful and it’s very real. It was very real in this book.
The education of cystic fibrosis is so well done. Getting educated has never been more heartbreaking and informational than the two POVS of Will and Stella. I wasn’t turned off by it or annoyed. It wasn’t shoved down my throat. It came from people, albeit fictional, but still. It wasn’t textbook. It was moving and real. I got to discover more than I ever knew about CF and see its effects from more than just the medical standpoint.
Cute, humorous, and heart-jerking. I really enjoyed this book. I really value learning more about CF and the tolls it takes on lives. I can’t wait to see the movie. I’m hoping it’ll move my heart as much as the book has.
“It’s just life. It’ll be over before we know it.” (Will to Stella, p. 30)
“If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first.” (Will to Stella, p. 33)
“So is your plan to die really, really smart so you can join the debate team of the dead.” (Will to Stella, p. 105)
“When you have CF, you don’t know how much time you have left. But, honestly, you don’t know how much time the ones you love have left either.” (Stella, p. 155)
“Cystic fibrosis will steal no more from me. From now one, I am the thief.” (Stella, 172)
More to come soon…
P.S. Song today? Miss Movin’ On by Fifth Harmony.
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