Title: Five Feet Apart
Author: Rachael Lippincott
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 2018
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Popsugar - Book Becoming a Movie; Women Authors; Romance
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?
I’ll admit that I needed a bit of sweet romance in my life after the super heavy books I’ve read lately. That’s not to say that this is all rainbows and butterflies. The story does revolve around teens with cystic fibrosis, so not a light-hearted story. But it does have a lot of hope and humor throughout. I really enjoyed Stella and Will. I loved reading about their burgeoning friendship and romance. But most of all, I loved the ending. Big things happen, but they are all plausible. Everyone does not get magically better and they live happily ever after. They still have the disease, things just change for the better. Now I really do want to see the movie…
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