Review: Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

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Grab your tissues. 


ABOUT THE BOOK

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?


REVIEW
Rating: ★★★★★
 Even though this was my first experience with this story, Five Feet Apart reminded me of this feeling I used to get as a preteen/teen who devoured every single book put out by Lurlene McDaniel. If you loved her books like I did, or have a certain fondness for "newer" books like Invincible by Amy Reed or The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, you're going to appreciate this one.

Centered around a cast of characters with Cystic Fibrosis, Five Feet Apart is entirely about life and the love we find along the way. If you're looking for a book that will make you feel in such a brief amount of time, this is it. There's something so gentle about Five Feet Apart, but not in the sugar-coated way that is often YA contemporaries--make no mistake, this book is gentle but it is real.

And sometimes reality is ugly. Sometimes reality hurts. Boy, did this book make me feel a lot. I was unable to put it down and became so invested in the well-being of Stella, Will and Poe. I found that there were so many qualities to this coming of age story--I loved every moment of it and truly embraced these characters instantly.

Here are the things that Five Feet Apart will make you feel:

⇢❤ Hope
⇢❤ Love
⇢❤ Loss
⇢❤ Joy
⇢❤ Everything under the sun

Which is remarkable, given the fact that the novel itself is under 300 pages.

Now, I cannot attest to the way the illness is portrayed. My medical knowledge is limited. What I can say is that these characters feel like very real young adults and each plotline is handled with care. This is a coming of age story that will tug on your heartstrings, fill you with ALL THE FEELS, break your heart and then piece it back together.

While this book won't be for everyone, and others made find it too short, or too prone to teariness, I felt so much for it and cannot recommend it enough to those of you who can tolerate books that are bound to make you cry. I really loved this book. 

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