Five Feet Apart

Five Feet Apart

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Seventeen-year-olds Stella and Will, both suffering from cystic fibrosis, realize the only way to stay alive is to stay apart, but their love for each other is slowly pushing the boundaries of physical and emotional safety.
Publisher: New York, New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, ♭2018.
ISBN: 9781534451568
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Characteristics: 281 pages ;,22 cm.

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Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

4/5

Five feet apart is a story about life with cystic fibrosis, falling in love, friendships, and family. The story focuses on two people, both in the same hospital living with cystic fibrosis; a life threatening lung disease, often referred to throughout the book as “CF.” One of the main characters is a young girl named Stella Grant. She is constantly spending her time in the hospital due to her cystic fibrosis. When Stella’s sister dies and her parents decide to divorce, she does everything she can to fight cystic fibrosis and support her parents. She has an obsession with all of her medication being organized and taken on time. Meanwhile, Will Newman is the complete opposite. He wants to get out of the hospital as soon as possible to travel, and see new things; something that CF prohibits him from. He is very disorganized when it comes to his medication and treatments, which drives Stella and Will’s mom crazy. Stella and Will end up meeting in the hospital, and decide to do their treatments together. They quickly begin to fall in love, despite the rule of not being able to come within 5 feet of each other. The book switches between both Stella and Will’s perspectives, as they fall in love while managing their cystic fibrosis.

I loved this book! Seeing Will and Stella fall in love and tackle the problems they came across together throughout the book was amazing. It was great to read about the incredible people who help to support the two as well. For instance, both Will and Stella were friends with Poe, another patient with cystic fibrosis. I like how the book showed both Will and Stella’s perspectives. It was cool to see the story play out through two perspectives rather than one. The only downside to the book were some of the terms they used. I would assume most people don't know too much about cystic fibrosis, and it was hard to follow what the author was trying to say sometimes. For example, when they used terms such as nebulizer, portable oxygen, afflo vest or g-tube. I hoped that the book would’ve explained in depth about the treatments, medications, and surgeries that Stella and Will had, so I could better understand what was going on.

Overall, this book was great and I would recommend reading to anyone 12 or older. Someone younger might have trouble following. This book does involve death and grieving (Mostly about Stella and the death of her sister), so if you have trouble with that topic, this book might not be for you. The book brought tears of joy and sadness, which to me, makes it amazing.

SAPL_Teens Feb 19, 2021

This was a really eye-opening and heart-breaking story. Stella and Will are both in the hospital. They should stay far apart from each other so that Stella can keep her place on the lunch transplant list, but sparks fly and these two start to feel like 6 feet apart is torture. I loved the slow build of romance in this book and it really felt like it was fate in the end. Read this book if you feel like comparing it to the movie that came out before. I personally think the book is better, but that's up to you!! I felt like I learned a lot about this condition and about love. 5/5 stars - SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

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indigo_wolf_391
Jan 22, 2021

When Stella checks in to the hospital to continue her treatments for her cystic fibrosis she expects the trip to be more irritating than normal. This time her lung disease has caused her to have to miss her senior trip to Cabo. Lucky for her a boy named Will has just checked in to the hospital too. He also has CF, and they should be staying six feet apart, but how much of a risk is five feet really?
This book is full of twists and turns constantly keeping you on your toes. If you liked the movie then the book will be fun and easy to read. It’s full of happy parts and sad parts, definitely eye opening to how different diseases can sometimes not be super visual. I would definitely recommend this to someone who needs a quick and easy read to get back into the swing of things.

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Somanybooks11
Nov 23, 2020

A love story that makes you want to know how their story will end.

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tinybookworm
Nov 04, 2020

It was such a good book!! I loved the characters and the storyline. Kept me interested from beginning to end. I can't wait to watch the movie.

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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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Juli_246
Mar 14, 2021

“I don't want to leave you, but I love you too much to stay.”
― Rachael Lippincott, Five Feet Apart

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Juli_246
Mar 14, 2021

“How long will I live my life afraid of what-ifs?”
― Rachael Lippincott, Five Feet Apart

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indigo_wolf_391
Jan 22, 2021

“everyone in this world is breathing borrowed air”-Rachael Lippincott

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Somanybooks11
Nov 23, 2020

“We smile at each other,and even though there are a million reasons why I shouldn’t,looking at her now, I can’t help feeling like I’m falling in love with her.”
― Rachael Lippincott, Five Feet Apart

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Somanybooks11
Nov 23, 2020

“She’s bossy.” “Nah, she’s a boss,”
― Rachael Lippincott, Five Feet Apart

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Somanybooks11
Nov 23, 2020

If this is all we get, then let's take it. I want to be fearless and free," she says, giving me a look, daring me. "It's just life, Will. It'll be over before we know it.”
― Rachael Lippincott, Five Feet Apart

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Somanybooks11
Nov 23, 2020

“I’m tired of living without really living. I’m tired of wanting things. We can’t have a lot of things. But we could have this.”
― Rachael Lippincott, Five Feet Apart

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Somanybooks11
Nov 23, 2020

“If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first.”
― Rachael Lippincott, Five Feet Apart

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Claudia2004
Apr 21, 2019

If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first. And then I’ll die.

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Jan 22, 2021

When Stella checks in to the hospital to continue her treatments for her cystic fibrosis she expects the trip to be more irritating than normal. This time her lung disease has caused her to have to miss her senior trip to Cabo. Lucky for her a boy named Will has just checked in to the hospital too. He also has CF, and they should be staying six feet apart, but how much of a risk is five feet really?

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