Can you love someone who you cannot touch? Can you love someone when their touch can be death to you? Five feet apart explores the teenage romance when the odds are deadly.
“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.” [Goodreads blurb]
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Year Of Publication: 20.11.2018
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
My rating: 4 stars
Five feet apart was a sweet contemporary romance between two teens with terminal Cystic Fibrosis and their struggles, both physical and psychological, in dealing with their illness, but also the disease that literally keeps them 5 feet apart. Stella loves being in control, whilst Will is the typical bad boy and I could not stop loving him. Both their characters have a lot to learn and understand about themselves, but Will is my favourite. Will is sassy and challenging, and I really liked the influence he had on Stella.
I listened to this as an audiobook and I really enjoyed it, however it could not stop comparing it in my head with The fault in our stars by John Green and Everything, everything by Nicola Yoon even if this one stands on its own two feet (or five), but something in me did not connect the full way. I struggled to feel the emotions that I knew that I should feel, but I didn’t; perhaps it’s because the plot was quite predictable and the ending we got was the only one that made sense and I knew it.
I would definitely recommend you to read this novel; I have learned so much about CF and I am interested to read some more about it now that I’ve read this.
Have you read it? What did you think?