Five Feet Apart Book Review

Yes, I finally read this book, and watched the movie. As always, I have some thoughts. Overall I thought it was pretty decent, but it definitely needs some work. The movie was not the best, definitely prefer the book over the movie. Let’s just get right into the review!

Title: Five Feet Apart

Author: Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis

Pages: 288

Format: hardcover

Genre(s): young adult, romance, contemporary

Publication Date: November 20, 2018

Triggers: death due to illness, illness discussion

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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 enjoyed Poe’s character a lot in this book. I thought he was funny, he was really the only character with like a well put together personality. I liked him, he was a good friend to Stella, even though in my opinion Stella really wasn’t to him.

The writing was also done really well. It flowed really easily and it was a nice quick read which is always a plus in my book.

First, Barb. Barb was the nurse for the CF patients and I did not enjoy her character what so ever. She was uptight, not enjoyable to read about, and kind of a jerk in my eyes.

Next, Stella and her sudden stupidity. She was so smart and so set into doing her regimen and doing what she needed to do to take care of herself, I was so happy to read that. Then, just because certain events took place, that made her want to be stupid and almost lose her own life?? When she got the text saying there were new lungs for her and she ignored it, I couldn’t help but scream.

Finally, and I think the biggest one was the lack of credible information and representation of CF. I really didn’t know what it was, so I looked it up. The book in no way even came close in my opinion, to describing what living with CF is really like. Sure there was the “oh I’m struggling for air after climbing flights and flights of stairs”, but CF is just a daily battle to breathe. It’s a daily battle, and at some points in the book, especially when the story line was getting more and more romantic, the CF details were kind of pushed to the side. I definitely thought it could have been described better.

Have you guys read Five Feet Apart? What were your thoughts?

2 thoughts on “Five Feet Apart Book Review

  1. Really good review! I enjoyed this novel a lot and didn’t see it in the way you did but I see where you’re coming from.

    I actually felt that Stella losing control was realistic — I have a few friends with severe health issues and they eventually go through a similar experience. I also remember watching some CF’er videos on YouTube and they felt that this really represented what it’s like when you live such a strict health regiment but can’t contain yourself any longer. The lung thing annoyed me though … like really?!

    I also liked Barb ha-ah! Sure … she was BRUTAL at times. But she reminded me of the nurses my brother would have to work with. Kind one minute … scary the next lol! It shows the mental health side of things with her character, which I thought was fascinating.

    Oh … LOVED Poe! Such a beautiful character!

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