on November 20, 2018
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's UK Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Teens
Reading Challenges: Reading Challenge 2019
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?
My Book review though on Five Feet Apart By Rachael Lippincott
I honestly don’t know where to start with this book. I definitely do not want to delve into deep as I don’t want any spoilers at all. It’s a book you need to read with no prior knowledge to really get into and love it.
It made me ugly cry And laugh. This beautiful heartwarming story is full of hope, laughter, inspiration, sadness and truly makes you want to live and be completely grateful for every breath you are lucky to take.
As far as know this book is realistic and relatable to CF. But it is worth mentioning that everybody with CF is different and not one fight is the same. As any illness. And I think it does raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Which in my opinion should get every ounce of awareness and so much more funding with finding a treatment which helps in any way to have a better life expectancy and better life all together. Health care and treatment is different in America than the UK and in other countries.
“If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first.”
Stella is just an instant love-able person, she’s strong and she’s brave. Although she is fighting every day to live she is totally selfless. She cares and does everything and anything for anybody.
Will He is your typical boy. He has accepted that CF is life limiting. He is fed up of going from one hospital to another hospital. Treatment after treatment. Drug trail after drug trial. Until he is doing yet another drug trial in saint graces hospital. And meets Stella. And that’s where your meet the real will. And where this beautiful story starts.
- The story line is well executed and is it very written. It has a good balance of CF awareness and a good story woven in.
- Stella and will are characters to die for.
- Emotional, Inspiring , Happy and Crying
“I’m tired of living without really living.”
I’m going to get a bit personal but the subject in this book is a bit personal to me.
My best friend has CF. We have always been friends since we were little when she was able to come to school and college. The last few years since I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS and other things in my personal life. We have gotten so close. We rarely see each other as we are both Ill. Due to my immune system mostly due to my asthma. I almost always have a virus or infection and I wouldn’t dream of going near her. But we talk every day.
But anyway, she is kind, so unbelievably beautiful,funny and the strongest and bravest person I know. I could not be any prouder of her if I tried. We don’t have the same illness, we quite different by far. But that doesn’t matter, she or we never compare each other nor illnesses ever. Every day she fights her CF with all her strength and bravery. Every day she is living and fighting. Like everyone, she has her bad days but she gets back up with her dark humour and her beautiful smile.
She is my absolute rock, no matter what she is there lifting me up, making me fight, kicking me up the arse in the kindest way possible and making me laugh. Never judging me no matter what and encouraging me in everything.
Life really does chuck some snowballs at us but if she can do it, so can I. She inspires me every single day.
“How long will I live my life afraid of what-ifs?”
In my opinion, this book is great for those fighting CF, For the love ones of people with CF And for many others who don’t know much about CF.
This is the kind of book that stays with you and gives you a great big book hangover.
I highly recommend this book.
To learn more about CF please do research it and learn everything.
Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Reading Challenge 2019