I am really excited for this movie to come out and I knew I needed to read the book before watching the movie! Five Feet Apart is different from most book-to-movie adaptations because the book and movie were being developed at the same time. Rachael Lippincott wrote the novel based on the screenplay. Because of this, I can see the book and the movie having more in common than other adaptations. Plus, Cole Sprouse doesn’t hurt 😉
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?
This was a really sweet read. I reminded me of Everything, Everything, whose characters and love interests risk death if they come in contact with one another like Stella and Will.
Five Feet Apart is a quick read filled with humor, tears (of joy and sadness), romance, and real-world topics. Will and Stella’s chemistry is great, and they have the whole opposites-attract thing going for them. Will is careless about his health and is just biding his time until his 18th birthday releases him from his health-obsessed mom and he can finally travel the world with whatever time he has left. Stella is the complete opposite, working on a medication app that will help her and others manage their illnesses and strive for the longest life possible. Their romance was fantastic, but my favorite part about their dynamic was how they helped each other change and grow throughout the course of the book.
Also, since we’re on characters, shoutout to Poe for being an amazing secondary character with an awesome sense of humor.
This book helped introduce me to the world of cystic fibrosis, something that I have heard of but never really knew anything about. I can’t speak to how accurate the representation was, but other reviewers have said it is a good portrayal of CF. Like Everything, Everything this book represents an illness that isn’t really talked about in YA books. As important and relevant cancer books are, it is still important to have books that discuss other topics so everyone can feel represented in literature. I think this book does a good job of educating those of us know don’t know much about CF and representing the illness accurately and respectfully.
I am beyond excited to see this book play out on the big screen in March, and I might end up doing my first movie review after watching it! I would recommend reading this book even if you don’t want to see the movie. It’s funny, educational, romantic, and heartwarming/wrenching all in one.