She didn’t get it. I don’t know how in the hell, but she didn’t”Will, Five Feet Apart, Chapter 28 Page 255
Author: Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis
This book…..it gives you all the emotions. I knew it would, but it still shook me. I have not watched the movie yet, so though I knew the general idea of the story from seeing the trailers for that I didn’t know what was going to happen. I had to wait and sleep on the book until I could write about it, because I was too emotional about it to write as soon as I finished.
Without much needed introduction, here is the goodreads summary of the book:
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?
Five Feet Apart is written from both Sella and Will’s points of view. I usually am not a big fan of this, because it seems most of the time the chapters are repetitive, however this was done perfectly. While each chapter was their view point, it was their view point from the ending of the last chapter. If you see Stella stomping off to her room, Will will be talking about what happened from the point she started stomping off towards her room. Not what happened in that same encounter from his view point. It was the perfect way to write this kind of book. I wish that all Authors would right their multi person view point books this way. I would probably enjoy them so much more.
This book is also full of emotions. I know many people don’t want to read it because of that. Do it! Find yourself a free couple of hours and just sit down and read it. It is sad, I won’t lie about that. But it is worth it.
I didn’t love the ending. In fact I wrote in huge letters UGH at the end of the book. I won’t spoil it but it just made me sad. If I am being honest the ending is probably how it really would end for two people with CF, but I still wish it would have ended differently.
I really to recommend this book to everyone. The books sprinkles in facts about CF which was really nice. I was able to learn more about a disease I didn’t know much about while not feeling like the story was being interrupted. It is sad though. Not exactly The Fault In Our Stars sad, but almost like that. If you enjoyed The Fault In Our Stars by John Green I do think you would enjoy this book though. I also recommend reading this book before you watch the movie. I personally felt like some of the magic of learning some of what was going to happen early in the book was taken away because I had seen the trailers for the movie. I couldn’t imagine how I would have felt if I had already known how the entire book was going to end. I am not usually a book before movie kind of person, but I think with this one it is needed.
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