Five Feet Apart

Five Feet Apart

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"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?"--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781534437333
1534437339
Branch Call Number: LIPPI
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 22 cm

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mitanline
Aug 26, 2020

Five feet apart, quite a fitting title to the story, the protagonists Stella Grant and Will Newman suffer from Cystic Fibrosis which requires them to be wary of others. Stella hopes to get better someday and Will has accepted his condition, they both are different in terms of what they want in life but as they say, opposites attract. They both wish to be together but with their condition, they are advised to stay away, approximately 6 feet apart which eventually turns to five feet apart. As they kept getting closer and to me, their days seemed limited, it was definitely an emotional rollercoaster. The book is very well written, expressing the pain, the amount of information about cystic fibrosis itself, and the way their lives intertwine. The characters are easy to like and it also shows how simplistic life functions such as breathing are too often taken for granted. The book is definitely worth reading, the end left me to ruminate on life and how we take many things for granted.

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chelseawen
Aug 24, 2020

This was amazing!!! The long term illnesses seemed so real, and the author made me care about the characters so much.

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1Love2learn
Aug 03, 2020

Better than the movie, as usual. I thought this was a poignant tale for teens, dealing with so many issues without focusing on the illness itself.

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reshmitham
Jul 15, 2020

Stella Grant likes her life in control. But the only thing she can’t keep in control is her lungs and her CF. Because of that, she takes her meds on time and makes sure that no one comes closer than 6 feet to her. Will Newman is the exact opposite. He couldn’t care less about his life being in order and his meds don’t really matter anymore. He’s lost the will to live.
Seems like Stella and Will should stay away from each other, like 6-feet away. But as time goes on, they both learn things from each other that open their eyes to a bigger world, and 6-feet soon becomes 5-feet.
This is such a well-plotted and well-written book. I love the relationship between Stella and Will and each chapter was another addition to the already interesting emotional roller coaster. It taught me lessons like gratitude and the love within the pages was so admirable.
Going into this book, I expected TFIOS vibes, but comparatively, it’s a little bland. Apart from that, there were no major disappointments within this novel.
Nonetheless, if you're looking to shed a few tears and read a well-plotted book, I would definitely recommend this book.

sarahbru17 Feb 11, 2020

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
Definitely a high amount of tension throughout the novel as I was concerned for both of the protagonists' health, and it really suffused their choices for the romantic plot--which made it all the more frustrating that it couldn't have a perfect, wrapped-up-with-a-bow Hallmark ending. Still an engaging read, though I felt more pensive at the end than satisfied.

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susan_findlay
Feb 09, 2020

A bit of a slow start, but books that make me cry usually get 5 stars.

While it's a romance, what I found most compelling were the side plots about how cystic fibrosis affected Stella's and Will's families and friends (and even the medical staff). I also appreciated the amount of information about the condition itself that wound its way into the story. There was only one minor plot point that felt unrealistic but I understand that it was needed to set up a particular scenario.

Good quick read that tugs at the heartstrings.

JCLShannonG Feb 05, 2020

A wonderful story of two teens battling cystic fibrosis. I cried like a big ol' baby, but I loved every minute of it.

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NoCommonRaven
Jan 22, 2020

*sobbing in the distance*
This is a really good book! Very sad, very well written! I would recommend this to anyone who liked The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green. Excellent, beautiful storyline, lovable, wonderful characters who you can get attached to in a matter of moments.
I loved it, tbh.

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ginachampagne
Aug 29, 2019

Having lost a son 12 years ago to Cystic Fibrosis, at the age of 24, I read the book to see how accurate it is. I'm impressed that they did their research, however, I would have included that this is a genetic disease and a mention about how someone is born with Cystic Fibrosis. I gave the book four stars for how accurately it portrays the struggles those with CF face every day.

My son did undergo a double lung transplant in 2005, but due to problems with organ rejection and recurring infections, he passed away 22 months after. The transplant did give him at least six really good months where he felt like a whole new person, being able to breathe without struggling for the first time in his life.

I hope that someday soon there is a cure for this horrible disease. Thank you to all of you who read the book, and share with others what you have learned. It's through this sort of "promotion" that this world will realize how often we take the simple task of breathing for granted.

On a side note, listen to the song "I lived" by OneRepublic, as it is about a teenager living with Cystic Fibrosis

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green_penguin_484
Aug 14, 2019

*2019*. Amazing. After seeing the movie first, I loved the book. It really pulled things together. Beautiful.

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