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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for Five Feet Apart

  1. 5 out of 5

    Norma * Traveling Sister

    Heartfelt, touching & absorbing! FIVE FEET APART by RACHAEL LIPPINCOTT was such an endearing, engaging and a sweet Teens & YA novel featuring two teenage main characters, Stella and Will who are both patients in the hospital with Cystic Fibrosis that fall in love. I was totally taken with this story and this tale of these two star-crossed lovers, Stella and Will as they totally consumed my thoughts and my heart. This book immediately grabbed my attention with that gorgeous cover and I kne Heartfelt, touching & absorbing! FIVE FEET APART by RACHAEL LIPPINCOTT was such an endearing, engaging and a sweet Teens & YA novel featuring two teenage main characters, Stella and Will who are both patients in the hospital with Cystic Fibrosis that fall in love. I was totally taken with this story and this tale of these two star-crossed lovers, Stella and Will as they totally consumed my thoughts and my heart. This book immediately grabbed my attention with that gorgeous cover and I knew it was a book that I had to read. Although I was a little bit worried because it is marketed for the Teens & YA genre but I needn’t have worried though as I was immediately drawn into this touching and heartbreaking story and I couldn’t put it down. This story was so sad to read at times but yet at other times it was so hopeful. It had me smiling and feeling such warmth and love for these two characters. RACHAEL LIPPINCOTT delivers an intriguing, emotional, well-plotted and well-written read here with relatable and likeable characters that I couldn’t help but to fall in love with. The story is told in alternating perspectives between Nell and Will and I thoroughly enjoyed both narratives equally. They complimented each other so well and I really felt for them. Both of their situations and feelings towards each other rang true and I loved how I learned so much more about Cystic Fibrosis. The story might be considered to be a little bit corny or cliche for some but for me I totally fell for it and devoured it in two sittings. I am a total sucker for emotional and sweet romance novels. Learning that this book is already being made into a movie I just had to watch the trailer and I know that it is a movie that I am definitely putting on my list of movies to watch. Norma’s Stats: Cover: Eye-catching, gorgeous, intriguing and a beautiful representation to storyline. Title: Such a meaningful, emotive and fitting representation to storyline. Writing/Prose: Well-written, effortless, genuine, light and beautiful. Plot: Engrossing, interesting, heartfelt, steady-paced, and entertaining. Ending: An open-ended ending that left me feeling hopeful and totally satisfied. Overall: The story is a tender, light and easy read that just simply pulls at the heartstrings. Would highly recommend! Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Rachael Lippincott for providing me with an advanced readers copy of this wonderful book. Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog: https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Azrah

    So the movie trailer is out and i'm excited to read this. NOT BECAUSE I'm eager to read yet another book about a teenager(s) with a chronic illness that is also being made into a movie. But because: A. Cole Sprouse B. Cole Sprouse ... and because I prefer reading the book first, so that I can criticise the incompetence of adaptation directors XD Need I say more? (Movie trailer: https://youtu.be/5cJ7MT1RTqs ) _________ 27 July, 2018 Neeeeeeeeed to read this book

  3. 5 out of 5

    L A i N E Y

    This book is literally a ‘honey trap’ as we say in clandestine service. Who the hell is ‘we’?? Anywhooo. The movie is coming out next year and they cast Cole Sprouse?? You mean Cole Sprouse? COLE fucking SPROUSE? YEP ladies and gentlemen, it’s COLE SPROUSE. I wonder why they didn’t name the book Honey Trap Alert and be done with it?? PS. I always have him pegged as Noah fucking Shaw but I guess we’ll have to share now since he’ll be in this...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Brigid

    Here's a link to the trailer! ♡ “Every place is different. Every place is unique. It’s the hospitals I’m seeing them from that are the same.” As a whole, this novel doesn’t suffer from any critical faults. It’s a solid story, with a sweet romance, and brings about great awareness for CF. With that being said, I was unable to connect any strong feelings or emotions with the characters, and felt that they lack depth. Perhaps it’s because I can’t help but compare every contemporary about teens wi Here's a link to the trailer! ♡ “Every place is different. Every place is unique. It’s the hospitals I’m seeing them from that are the same.” As a whole, this novel doesn’t suffer from any critical faults. It’s a solid story, with a sweet romance, and brings about great awareness for CF. With that being said, I was unable to connect any strong feelings or emotions with the characters, and felt that they lack depth. Perhaps it’s because I can’t help but compare every contemporary about teens with terminal illnesses to The Fault in Our Stars. Although that novel stands on a pedestal of its own as far as emotional depth is concerned, I craved more complexity from Five Feet Apart. Nevertheless, it is still an enjoyable read, and I’m sure there are many readers who will adore it! The idea of the romance is breathtaking … pun intended. Two teens who are in love, but are unable to physically touch one another is such a great concept. The longing for something that is so close yet so far, is invigorating, and pulled my heart strings! This idea is so damn beautiful, and wonderfully illustrated between Stella and Will. How they show their affection through non-physical means makes for such a unique relationship, and I devoured it. The banter between them, as well as that which arises among other characters, is quite sweet and never fails to lighten the mood. The only complaint I have regarding the romance is that it’s fast. The whole novel takes place in less than two weeks, and I find it a tad unrealistic that these two fell in love in such a short period of time. I also admired how the author incorporated the two teens’ parents into the story. While their characters might’ve been flawed at the start, watching them leap over hurdles of grief and misunderstandings to form deeper bonds with their children, is absolutely lovely – even if it was vague, and not explored as much as it could’ve been. I believe this story will flow better in movie format. The simplicity of this book truly was unfortunate, since I love the idea of the plot and characters. It’s a short narrative to begin with, and it’s a shame that everything merely happened. There wasn’t sufficient time for grand developments to unfold, and I felt as though each event in the story began and finished only to be checked off like an item from one of Stella’s to-do lists. I’m quite excited to see how this story is adaptated next year, because I think that could solve a few of the issues I had with the pacing and overall flow of the narrative. It’s no Fault in Our Stars, but is still quite adorable. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one, and love all the little aspects that composed it. I wished for a bit more complexity and emotional depth from the main and side characters, but still found that they had nice enough arcs. The trailer for the movie adaptation looks absolutely amazing by the way, and I love the actors – Cole Sprouse is playing Will Newman! If you’re looking for a quick, sweet read, then I would definitely recommend this one! I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review! Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily Cait

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like the idea here: exploring the complications of being a young person living with CF. But a queer person of colour dies quite randomly from CF complications right after deciding to get back together with the love of their life and that death motivates one of the protagonists to start living for themselves. It just doesn't sit right. I'm going to let these thoughts steep and possibly come back and update this, but my gut reaction upon finishing this is an icky feeling.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Faith Simon

    I received an advanced reader edition of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3 1/2 stars. I absolutely love love stories between teens with a terminal illness. It always makes for a heartbreaking story, and room for more education into these illnesses, more novels between teens that aren't of perfect health make for a more diverse romance selection, especially considering these books tend to be super successful with its target teen audience. (And, even before this book is I received an advanced reader edition of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3 1/2 stars. I absolutely love love stories between teens with a terminal illness. It always makes for a heartbreaking story, and room for more education into these illnesses, more novels between teens that aren't of perfect health make for a more diverse romance selection, especially considering these books tend to be super successful with its target teen audience. (And, even before this book is released it's already a movie. Clearly, there's a demand). We know that Stella and WIll are doomed from the start, not even able to touch eachother, and that's what makes this book so bittersweet from start to finish. The question is not if they'll make it, but how will it end? This is what keeps you reading, plus the utter cuteness that is their relationship. This was a romance I actually enjoyed. I think there were a lot of moments where I felt this book could have been ended, but now I'll say that I'm happy with the final words of the book. The last few chapters of the book are heartbreaking, as expected, but also pretty hopeful in nature. I liked this mix, I like not knowing what'll happen next, knowing that in some way this can't end well, but we never see explicitly how terribly this will end, I think that was executed very well and although it doesn't make me cry, this book had just the right amount of heartbreak and yet not too much, I think it benefited the story overall. Will is an interesting character, I really liked the character development in this book. At first he seems like a douchebag, but as we get to know him, he becomes a more complex character with a soft interior. And Stella, who's established from the start as a control freak and a goody-goody, learns what it feels like to truly live and not buy borrowed time before she dies. Both these characters learn from each other and arguably come out better people after their experiences together. One of my biggest critiques of this book is that it's an easy read, it wasn't very intricate and it didn't take very long to read due to it's simplicity. Maybe this is just me speaking from reading The Fault In Our Stars (a book EXTREMELY complex, which, to the fair, is criticized for), but it seems as though the romance between two sick kids should automatically be more complex than this story was. This is just me, however, and I'm open to others critiquing me about this. The moral of the story is that I'll be watching this movie. Duh.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I don’t normally read things like this book because I’m not really into the angst, but I’m so so happy I gave this one a try. I love love loved Stella and Will. They’re so different in their personalities and that comes through in how they manage their CF. I loved her lists and sass and his art and stubbornness. Of course they’re adorable together and I don’t think I’ve ever been so invested so quickly. Plot wise, it was captivating. I was instantly interested in what was happening. The medical I don’t normally read things like this book because I’m not really into the angst, but I’m so so happy I gave this one a try. I love love loved Stella and Will. They’re so different in their personalities and that comes through in how they manage their CF. I loved her lists and sass and his art and stubbornness. Of course they’re adorable together and I don’t think I’ve ever been so invested so quickly. Plot wise, it was captivating. I was instantly interested in what was happening. The medical part wasn’t too medical-y for me to follow and even though I knew it wasn’t going to be all sunshine and rainbows, it felt fairly light. I have two main complaints: I definitely wanted more from the ending {even if it was sort of satisfying} and (view spoiler)[ I’m irritated that the gay, Colombian kid died from complications right after he decides to get back together with his bf and go visit his mom. Sure, reality and all that, but ugh. (hide spoiler)] Overall, it was a quick read with characters I was rooting for right from the beginning. And I’m definitely here for the movie. **Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster BFYR for providing the arc free of charge**

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    4.5 Stars! Taking a chance on an author and a subject that you know little to nothing about, is always a risk and in some cases, its a chance, a risk, worth taking. As is the case with Five Feet Apart. Beautifully written, heartfelt, emotional, and a read that will stick with you until the very end, Five Feet Apart is a novel that grabs you around the heart and refuses to let go. So wonderfully told and executed it's a book that I won't be forgetting for a long time to come. Poignant, emotional, in 4.5 Stars! Taking a chance on an author and a subject that you know little to nothing about, is always a risk and in some cases, its a chance, a risk, worth taking. As is the case with Five Feet Apart. Beautifully written, heartfelt, emotional, and a read that will stick with you until the very end, Five Feet Apart is a novel that grabs you around the heart and refuses to let go. So wonderfully told and executed it's a book that I won't be forgetting for a long time to come. Poignant, emotional, informational, and an all around amazingly done story, Five Feet Apart is one you don't want to miss out on. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aycan

    bitti. şu an fragmanı açıp aa- şurası ilk tanışma, şurası Will'in doğum günü, şurası face-time sahneleri, şurası ilk buluşma falan diye diye manyak gibi izliyorum... fragmanı görüp, bu kesin kitaptır dediğim kitap oluyor kendisi.. ve EVET HERKESİN MERAK ETTİĞİ ŞEY SONUNUN NASIL BİTTİĞİ evet. bu durumda ne söylesem spoiler oluyor ama şunu bi açıklığa kavuşturmak lazım... Aynı Yıldızın Altında'yla zerre alakası yok. Bi' film daha vardı Bella Thorne'un oynadığı... onunla da alakası yoktur -izlemedi bitti. şu an fragmanı açıp aa- şurası ilk tanışma, şurası Will'in doğum günü, şurası face-time sahneleri, şurası ilk buluşma falan diye diye manyak gibi izliyorum... fragmanı görüp, bu kesin kitaptır dediğim kitap oluyor kendisi.. ve EVET HERKESİN MERAK ETTİĞİ ŞEY SONUNUN NASIL BİTTİĞİ evet. bu durumda ne söylesem spoiler oluyor ama şunu bi açıklığa kavuşturmak lazım... Aynı Yıldızın Altında'yla zerre alakası yok. Bi' film daha vardı Bella Thorne'un oynadığı... onunla da alakası yoktur -izlemedim- eminim. Bu hikayeyi ithaf ettikleri Claire ve tüm CF hastaları falan... hikaye de biraz gerçeklik payının da olması... güzeldi ya. ilk defa bir kitabın filmini seveceğimi düşünüyorum. çünkü aynı şekilde işlediklerine, çektiklerine, sahneleri değiştirmediklerine inanıyorum. kitap Türkçe'ye çevrildikten sonra ben eminim ki çoğu kişi sevmeyecek ve filmin fragmanının altına atılan Aynı Yıldızın Altında benzetmelerini onlar da yapacak. ama üzgünüm. benzemiyor. ana konu bir hastalığı işliyor diye ön yargıyla yaklaşılması canımı sıkıyor. ben bu hikayeyi, Stella'yı ve Will'i cidden çok sevdim. birbirlerini sevme aşamasının fazla hızlı olduğu gibi bir düşünce geçti aklımdan kitabı okurken... sonra durup düşündüğümde, kendimi onların yerine koyduğumda falan olabilecek, kaçınılmaz bir olay yani bu. Hızlısı, yavaşı yok. İkisi de hastaneye bağımlı. Stella 6 yaşından beri o hastanede, Will onlarca hastane değiştirmiş... ilk karşılaşmalarında Will, Stella'nın hastanesine bir haftadır gelmiş oluyor. 1 haftadır orada yani, yanlış anlaşılmayla başlayıp, tam sevdiğim şekilde biten bir roman oldu. ben böyle sonlara bayılıyorum ya. (sonunun nasıl olduğunu söylememek için ellerini yumruk yapıyor...) Will ve Stella.. ikisi de aynı hastalığı, CF'i paylaşıyor. ama Will'in B. cepacia adında bir bakteri kapmasından dolayı ikisinin asla yan yana gelmemesi gerek. Yani şöyle... Will, Stella için ölümcül. her şeyi anlatmak isterdim ama içimde yaşicam... biriniz okuyun gelin de five feet apart storming falan yapalım. bu arada hikayeyle isim de cuk diye oturmuş. iyi oturtmuşlar. ehhe. puan kırmaya gerek yok. sevdim. (view spoiler)[ I yank open the door and there she is. Live. Stella. She holds the pool cue out, the tip of it touching my chest, her full eyebrows rising in challenge. “Five feet apart. Deal?” Exhaling, I shake my head, her speech from the video already making me want to close the space between us and kiss her. “That’s going to be hard for me, I’m not gonna lie.” She looks at me, her eyes intent. “Just tell me, Will. Are you in?” I don’t even hesitate. “So in.” I give her a look, watching as the snow falls gently onto her hair and face. “Was this on your to-do list? Break out with Will?” She laughs, the sound happy, real, despite everything. “No. But my to-do list has changed.” She spreads her arms wide and falls back onto the hill, the snow giving way around her, puffing softly as she lands in it. I watch as she makes a snow angel, laughing as her arms and legs move back and forth, back and forth. No to-do list, no suffocating hospital, no obsessive regimen, no one else to worry about. She’s just Stella. I spread my arms and fall down next to her, the snow molding to my body as I land. I laugh, making a snow angel too, my whole body cold from the snow, but warm from the moment. We stop and look up at the sky. The stars seem an arm’s length away. Bright enough and close enough for us to just reach out and grab them. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liv (ReadbyLiv)

    Finished in less than 24 hours. Review to come!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tucker (The Library Reader)

    it's not even out yet and it's already a movie..........

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    This is a novelization of Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis’s script for the 2019 movie and not the other way around. As a contemporary YA story, Five Feet Apart does a couple of my least favourite things when it comes to representing chronic illness and including LGBT characters (view spoiler)[: having a queer POC character die as to motivate the protagonists’ perspective on life and challenge their view on love made no fucking sense. (hide spoiler)] Also, the romance doesn’t set a realisti This is a novelization of Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis’s script for the 2019 movie and not the other way around. As a contemporary YA story, Five Feet Apart does a couple of my least favourite things when it comes to representing chronic illness and including LGBT characters (view spoiler)[: having a queer POC character die as to motivate the protagonists’ perspective on life and challenge their view on love made no fucking sense. (hide spoiler)] Also, the romance doesn’t set a realistic example, it is too rushed and melodramatic. There has to be a better way to raise awareness about CF and other chronic illnesses that affect teens around the world. So, it’s a nope from me!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    If you loved TFioS, this is definitely for you. Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Olivia (The Candid Cover)

    I was very intrigued when I first saw Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott since it sounded so complex and emotional. The story features two characters with cystic fibrosis who fall in love but can’t get close to each other. The main characters complement each other, and the book does a good job informing the reader about the illness. I would recommend this one to fans of Everything, Everything, since it has similar aspects. Full review on The Candid Cover

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andzhelika

    Не е вярно, че тази история няма да ви разплаче!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erik Fazekas

    DNF at 30% Reading this you realise this was written only to get money from moviegoers, or teenagers that like to read the book first and then see the movie. The writing is mediocre at best, and the story itself is just a typical YA tearjerker. We as YA readers are so over these types of books. The book has to have more in it then just a novelization of the movie. Sorry, we are not stupid.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    ***Actual Rating: 4/5 Carpe-Diem Stars*** ”She’s fighting for her life,” she finally says, meeting my eyes in the glass. “She doesn’t know what’s ahead of her or why she’s fighting. It’s just…instinct, Will. Her instinct is to fight. To live.” I’ve got to say that Five Feet Apart is definitely a book worthy of pondering on over and over again even after re-reading it several times. Honestly, I didn’t resonate with the protagonists very much when I first read the book because of all the resem ***Actual Rating: 4/5 Carpe-Diem Stars*** ”She’s fighting for her life,” she finally says, meeting my eyes in the glass. “She doesn’t know what’s ahead of her or why she’s fighting. It’s just…instinct, Will. Her instinct is to fight. To live.” I’ve got to say that Five Feet Apart is definitely a book worthy of pondering on over and over again even after re-reading it several times. Honestly, I didn’t resonate with the protagonists very much when I first read the book because of all the resemblances with John Green’s irreplaceable [The Fault in Our Stars] and Jojo Moyes’ [Me Before You]. Fortunately, the overall concept of the story started to grow on me the more I recalled the details of the characters’ experiences and those lessons of life they learnt from the hard way. I think I get it now. Why Will would go onto the roof. I’d do anything to get up from the gurney and run far, far away. To Cabo. To Vatican City to see the Sistine Chapel. To all the things I have avoided out of fear of getting sicker, only to find myself lying here anyway, about to go into another surgery I might not come out of. When life brought Stella, a CFer (a.k.a. someone who had cystic fibrosis and whose lungs couldn’t function normally), and Will, another CFer with a more unpredictable/rare disease called B. cepacia (short for Burkholderia cepacia), which might easily infect the other CFers with a simple touch. Thus, Stella and Will’s Golden Rule of all time: Stay Six Feet Apart From Each Other. Well, that was before their little encounter in the hospital Stella stayed when her lungs failed her…once again. The biggest difference between Stella and Will was that the former always stuck to her “Master To-Do List” whereas the latter believed in living in the moment and never regretted anything he’d done. As cliché as this might sound, I personally loved how their stories intertwined and the way the author plotted out everything they went through together. I loved how Will not only persuaded Stella to step out of her comfort zone but also motivated her to take the dare in her seemingly short life filled with uncertainty. Tapping my foot impatiently, I check the status of my car, squinting when I see movement on the other side of the doors. The glass fogs up and I watch as a hand reaches up to draw a heart. My favorite scene was definitely the last part where Stella and Will finally went exploring the beautiful-yet-always-far-away lights in the distance—yep, even though they were supposed to be confined in the hospital—once they realized they literally had nothing to lose. Not that I was encouraging you to live out loud like no tomorrow; it just hit me that perhaps “carpe diem” served as the right mindset all this time when we had doubts in life and everything made much more sense with this thought in mind. Aside from the incredibly heartwarming storyline, I also appreciated the character development throughout the book. Both Stella and Will had their own distinctive personality but somehow, they managed to better each other with what they experienced together. As a huge romance fan, I was pretty satisfied with the subtle romantic element in this book. To put it differently, I was glad the author didn’t sugarcoat the slightly forbidden chemistry between Stella and Will or put too much emphasis on the immense power of LOVE. Granted, love might cure a lot of things but when it comes to congenital diseases, you truly never knew. Before wrapping up my review, I’d like to share something about the open ending, meaning there wasn’t a direct, certain conclusion to the story. There were lots of possibilities and what-ifs that I couldn’t seem to stop dreaming about because Stella and Will changed so much by the end of the story. To be honest, the ending torn me apart since I wasn’t sure what to expect or what’d turn out for them. Hence, the only reason I didn’t give this book a 5/5 star was because I’d rather get an obvious outcome than being left cliff-hung. All in all, Five Feet Apart was surely a book not to miss! Will and Stella’s story would make you cry and laugh and left an unforgettable impression on you once you were finished. Besides, the movie trailer looked soooo good that I couldn’t wait until next March!! Last but not least, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Five Feet Apart and hope you’ll enjoy the book and the movie as much as I do. ***Massive thanks to the wonderful publisher for including me in the Five Feet Apart blog tour.*** BONUS: ***Playlist for Five Feet Apart*** ★Ed Sheeran—All of The Stars ★The Chainsmokers—This Feeling ft. Kelsea Ballerini ★Martin Garrix—High On Life ft. Bonn ★Martin Garrix—Burn Out ft. Justin Mylo ★Sia–I’m Still Here ★Sasha Sloan—Older ★Birdy & Rhodes—Let it All Go **Side note: These songs were inspired by the lovely story from Five Feet Apart and I hope you enjoy them!** P.S. Feel free to check out my full blog tour on Life of a Simple Reader.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Tome

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Two things before I start my review: 1. I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this book. I believe it’s urgent to raise awareness about CF and many other chronic illnesses (many of them invisible) countless people live with. 2. I don’t have CF and I don’t have family members with CF (although I do have friends with CF). I won’t speak over CFers because this is not my narrative; this is theirs. I know Claire Wineland was a great help in the making of this story and I know many CFers are grateful Two things before I start my review: 1. I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this book. I believe it’s urgent to raise awareness about CF and many other chronic illnesses (many of them invisible) countless people live with. 2. I don’t have CF and I don’t have family members with CF (although I do have friends with CF). I won’t speak over CFers because this is not my narrative; this is theirs. I know Claire Wineland was a great help in the making of this story and I know many CFers are grateful for the representation in media. However, I’m also aware that an equally large number of CFers have raised concerns over the romantization of CF and the novel’s central topic. When talking about things that irked me the wrong way, I am in debt with Gunnar Esiason and Elsie Tellier for their analyses on the premise of Five Feet Apart, which have educated me a lot on the matter. Phew! Let’s begin: • The romantization of CF. Look, this was my biggest concern but I’m afraid Five feet apart falls into the same category as The Fault in Our Stars and other sick-lit books. Although they do get things right about CF (the treatments, especially), the ugly symptoms are conveniently brushed away. We don’t see any of the various digestive side affects of CF (apart from issues with a G tube) and we don’t see instances in which CF makes our characters look “ugly” or, well, sick. They don’t vomit, they don’t throw up mucus, their coughing always stops when it’s convenient, they’re not underweight... it’s like the author carefully picked which symptoms are more conventionally beautiful and forgot to write in the rest (and I’m aware every person with CF is different, but it’s just so convenient that a girl with a lung capacity in the thirties and a boy with B. Cepacia barely show any complications?). The illness is completely sanitized, and the hospital is portrayed as a playground where you can roam around freely and not, uh, a place to get better. Because these characters are sick to begin with yet they have enormous energy at all times. • The insta-love. Let’s get past the fact that Stella and Will fulfill Hollywood tropes (her being the type A personality control freak and him being the CF ~rebel~ who doesn’t take his illness seriously). They know each other for a full... what? Couple of weeks? A month tops? And they fall in love. They actually say to each other that they are in love so much so that Stella is willing to give up her lung transplant for a brooding hero she’s known for some weeks. Okay, sure. This is a rare example in which both partners are manic pixie dream girls/boys to each other, changing their partner’s outlook and making them better people/enjoy life more EVEN THOUGH THEY’VE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR SOME WEEKS! • The Bury Your Gays trope. Oh, boy, isn’t it a coincidence that the only openly gay character of color dies? And his death is used as a prop to make the main character have a sudden, deep realization about her life. (Also, you don’t defibrillate an asystole!!) • Will and Stella are their CF. Will has one (1) hobby non-CF related, which is drawing (and he ends up using it to ponder on his illness), but his whole character arc and his whole personality all refer back to his illness. Stella is so much her CF even her whole YT channel revolves around it (which is a shame because I thought the YT element was such a good idea since there’s a strong CF awareness community on YT and elsewhere on social media, but the fact that EVERYTHING about Stella is defined by her CF kinda ruins it). Just because you’re terminally ill doesn’t mean you’re gonna learn a bunch of valuable lessons about life or that you’re going to be deeper and more intelligent. It also doesn’t mean you’re gonna be thinking about your condition and death 24/7, which is something our characters do ALL. THE. TIME. You’d think living with a chronic terminal illness would make you fed up with your chronic terminal illness, but turns out these characters always have the time and energy to ponder on the afterlife and the progression of their condition. • The characterization is very bad. All the characters except for Poe (and they kill him off) are: a) very archetypical, and b) completely bidimensional. • The unnecessary melodrama. Surely Stella’s sister had to die in a freaky accident while she was out living her life to the fullest unlike her terminally ill sister. Surely Poe had to die on Will’s birthday and just after getting together with his boyfriend. Surely Stella had to fall on a frozen lake so that Will had to perform CPR on her while she was hallucinating with her dead sister’s ghost (who told her to live her life to the fullest). CF is bad enough on its own; you don’t need to try and manipulate readers into feeling bad for these characters. • The prose is extremely flat. The characters also read like teens who have been written by an adult rather than actual teens. • The capitalization of suffering. Look, this is what pisses me off the most. This novel romanticizes and sanitizes CF, turning people’s suffering into inspiration porn and a star-crossed lovers tale of sorts. And it’s so dangerous as well! CFers can pass their bacteria to each other and it is immensely risky for CFers to spend as much time together as Stella and Will do, even if they abide by the 6 foot away rule (the fact that Stella tries to make it 5 foot is even more stupid). These teens are essentially putting their lives at risk because... they’re horny? (And how attracted they’re to each other physically is like 70-80% of their whole relationship, so don’t @ me). The authors of this book could’ve written a love story between a CFer and a healthy person (a relationship that would have conflicts of its own), or simply a story that doesn’t revolve around CF but starring a character with CF! Because your life is so much more than treatments and hospitals and life expectancies no matter your chronic health condition. So, yeah, it seems CF is finally getting the treatment as an illness to be exploited for feel-good media that cancer has been enduring since the 70s and Segal’s Love Story. When we were finally growing out TFiOS, here it comes Five feet apart to profit off the glorification of terminal illnesses 🙃 (If you’re still here and you wanna read a book that portrays illness and dying honestly and accurately: grab Me, and Earl, and the dying girl by Jesse Andrews).

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shiloah

    By chapter two, this book featured a young man who allowed his friends to have sex in his hospital room. Use of language was also gratuitously used, including the F-bomb. My dear 17-year-old daughter, whom I purchased this for, was beyond disappointed because she refused to finish it after chapter two. She brought it to me this morning. Just thought my friends might want to be aware.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Meredith (booksbythewater)

    Well, this was a disappointment. The writing felt immature and everything I expected just fell so flat. I have great hopes for the movie to be so much better (because Cole Sprouse, duh.). But this just wasn't it. Review to come!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Neko

    BANG.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    No, I'm pretty sure it was YOU that got a little emotional while reading this story. FRTC. HUGE thanks to the publisher for sending an ARC! My review will be posted as part of the blog tour ------- Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com... How can I begin to write the review this book deserves? I had no idea I was going to fall so hard for Stella and Will and end up fighting for them. They really do rank up there with Hazel and Gus. I hope you trust me enough to know tha No, I'm pretty sure it was YOU that got a little emotional while reading this story. FRTC. HUGE thanks to the publisher for sending an ARC! My review will be posted as part of the blog tour ------- Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com... How can I begin to write the review this book deserves? I had no idea I was going to fall so hard for Stella and Will and end up fighting for them. They really do rank up there with Hazel and Gus. I hope you trust me enough to know that I would not ever say that unless it was warranted. Stella has CF and has been fighting every day for her lungs to work. She follows her regime and knows she cannot give up hope that she will get a new pair of lungs. When she goes back into the hospital for a fever that won’t go away, she finds a new resident on the floor – Will. The chances of a teenage boy with CF being on the floor are slim to none but there he is even though he doesn’t want to be. He has a very horrific and aggressive form of CF that will be deadly if he comes into contact with other people with CF. That means he has to be kept a steady and consistent six feet away from other patients. Something stirs within Stella and she wants to help him get better. She wants to help him beat his diagnosis. Can she and still keep her health? This was a very quick read but it was one that I won’t soon forget. Sure, I had moments when I did not like Stella’s reactions to situations but I gave her a lot of leeway since I cannot begin to imagine what she was going through. Her parents divorced and her sister is not in the picture. Stella put so much pressure on herself to keep what was left of her family together. She knew she had to fight to save her parents. Talk about too much pressure!! I did admire how mature she was about her disease. I know that may sound crazy but hear me out. She knew what she had, she knew how to protect herself from catching bacteria that may harm her, she knew that a fever could mean more than just a fever. The girl was smart and did whatever she could within her power to try to get better. Will, on the other hand, was a defiant hard-headed teenage boy that came from a wealthy family. He never wanted for anything and resented his mother for throwing money around. I cannot blame him for that either. He only wanted to be loved by his parents, not thrown in hospital after hospital. His battle was endearing to read. I found myself quickly cheering for him. I won’t tell you everything that happens but HOLY COW. That ending tore part of my soul out. I really expected it to take a different turn but I am still in awe of what I read. This was one story that I am forever glad I read and was given the opportunity to read. I strongly recommend it to everyone and hope they give it a chance.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kales

    This book is simply a THE FAULT IN OUR STARS wannabe. I had hopes that it would be something more than that but I couldn't buy it. At first -- I was intrigued. I liked the trailer for the moment and I was open and willing to see what this love story had to offer. But what it had to offer was trope after trope after trope. I flipped a page and there was another trope. Let me list them, shall I? -Stuck-up, rule-follower goody-too-shoes girl learns to be rebellious -Rebel "bad boy" learns to follow t This book is simply a THE FAULT IN OUR STARS wannabe. I had hopes that it would be something more than that but I couldn't buy it. At first -- I was intrigued. I liked the trailer for the moment and I was open and willing to see what this love story had to offer. But what it had to offer was trope after trope after trope. I flipped a page and there was another trope. Let me list them, shall I? -Stuck-up, rule-follower goody-too-shoes girl learns to be rebellious -Rebel "bad boy" learns to follow the rules -They aren't allowed to be together -They fall in love -Enemies to lovers -Short time line for love (2 weeks...keep that in mind) -Gay best friend -Only diversity is in the side characters -Gay best friend dies -Dead family member Oye vey. I'm not giving this a one star because I didn't hate the book. I kept wanting to read it until we got to the ending once the gay character died (which was incredibly frustrating) and STELLA LITERALLY WAS GOING TO THROW HER ENTIRE LIFE AWAY FOR A BOY THAT SHE MEANT TWO WEEKS AGO!!! Literally, going to throw it away. I gave up on the book from that moment on. But luckily, Will had enough freakin sense. I was so done by that point. Anyway, it tried too hard to be sappy. It was too short. And too tropey. I don't hate it because really, I was enjoying the journey of the characters until they just became too stupid to handle. Conclusion: Giving my arc away

  24. 5 out of 5

    maria ✧

    it was like a crossover between tfios and red band society but I actually liked it???

  25. 5 out of 5

    Talia

    I want more?!!!!!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Nae

    (You can also find this review on my blog!) I got approved of a DRC (Digital Review Copy) of this book from Edelweiss! With a gorgeous cover and an intriguing concept and theme, this book immediately caught my attention the first time I saw it.  The writing I really like the writing style of this book. Though the story mainly revolves around the fragility of life and the difficult situation of having a terminal illness, the writing style was light, easy, moderately-paced, and so, so relatable! It w (You can also find this review on my blog!) I got approved of a DRC (Digital Review Copy) of this book from Edelweiss! With a gorgeous cover and an intriguing concept and theme, this book immediately caught my attention the first time I saw it.  The writing I really like the writing style of this book. Though the story mainly revolves around the fragility of life and the difficult situation of having a terminal illness, the writing style was light, easy, moderately-paced, and so, so relatable! It was relatable in a way that it shows several aspects of how a modern teenager lives—the use of smartphones, making apps, the use of social media, and the likes. I also liked the tones of the different narrations. The point of views in this story alternate between the two main characters, Stella and Will. I loved that within these two perspectives, I was able to get a view of their situations and their emotions. With Stella, it was hopeful, and hurting, and guilty. And with Will, it was cynical and reckless. But as the story progresses, the tone turns hopeful and trusting. I loved that. I also love that this book is very educational. I am familiar with Stella and Will's illness (cystic fibrosis), though I cannot say that I am fully equipped with knowledge about it. As I read the book, I realized that the authors did not neglect to inform readers about this kind of illness. It made me feel like the authors did a lot of research about this illness, and I am really thankful for it. The characters I really liked the characters in this story as well, despite the fact that it was a little cliche for me. The main characters' personalities are a trope I always see among girl-and-boy pairings—a reckless boy who does not do what he's been told to do, and a good girl who does everything right. However as I read on, I realized that these characters go beyond these cliche characteristics (and I am really thankful for that!). Will is an artist who craves to see and experience the world, and Stella is a programmer/developer who just misses her family and how they were. These little things made me like them and their chemistry in the story. I also liked the minor characters. I felt Julie and Barb's love for Stella, Stella's parents and their struggles. Stella's friends, Will's friends, and Poe, although they only had little parts in the book, they completed Stella and Will's worlds. The plot The plot was also good, but it was a struggle. I struggled because I did not know what will happen to these two main characters, and what will be the end game for them. I did not know if it will be a melancholic ending, or a hopeful one, and that really frustrated me (in a good way haha!). The plot also showed me that there is a fine line between want and need, and the main characters realized that, too. There were some subplots that have been opened near the ending of the book, and I wished the authors took the time to delve into that much further. These subplots were interesting and I really wanted to know more about them. Also, there is one plot twist that did not sit well with me, and it's both frustrating and saddening at the same time. All in all, the plot was good and I can't wait to buy a physical copy of this! I loved this one, and I really can't wait for its release on November 20th this year! Also, this book is soon to be a major motion picture starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson in March 2019 and WOW WOW WOW. I am beyond excited!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    *Thanks so much to the publisher for the review copy.* Ok I am a complete mess. This book is so beautiful and hopeful and heart-breaking. One of my fave YA contemps of the year. I need this to be a movie.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dania

    It was everything I ever wanted and more!!! 😭 This book gave me ALL THE FEELS. Every single one of them! I can’t wait until the movie comes out! March 2019 can’t come soon enough.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laurie • The Baking Bookworm

    3.5 STARS - I was initially drawn to this book simply due to its stunningly beautiful cover. I mean, c'mon! It's gorgeous and I totally judge a book by its cover. This is a story about Stella and Will, two terminally ill teens who live with Cystic Fibrosis. It's a bittersweet love story because Stella and Will have a big obstacle between them - they can never touch or they risk becoming even sicker and possibly dying. This book has some great plot points and while I love how it brings CF into the 3.5 STARS - I was initially drawn to this book simply due to its stunningly beautiful cover. I mean, c'mon! It's gorgeous and I totally judge a book by its cover. This is a story about Stella and Will, two terminally ill teens who live with Cystic Fibrosis. It's a bittersweet love story because Stella and Will have a big obstacle between them - they can never touch or they risk becoming even sicker and possibly dying. This book has some great plot points and while I love how it brings CF into the spotlight, I didn't quite connect emotionally with the two main characters. Almost but not quite. Going into this book I figured I'd be a hot, blubbering mess and while there were a couple of points that I got a little veklempt, this wasn't the tear gusher I had expected it to be. It had an insta-romance feel (so not a fan) because it all happens in only TWO weeks! And while I did enjoy the sprinkling of banter between the two sick teens, I needed more time to buy into their bond. But I do give high grades for incorporating the parents' POVs and taking a look at the hard working hospital staff who almost become like family to these sick teens. I'm happy to report that Five Feet Apart is being made into a movie (starring cutie Cole Sprouse from Riverdale fame!) and from the trailer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtgCq...) I think that it might fare better in cinematic form. I can't believe I just said that, but it's true. Five Feet Part is a simple story that happens over a very short period of time and I think seeing Will and Stella's connection on screen may help get me on board. This is a cute romance that brings a focus on the struggles and fears of people living with CF and their loved ones. It's a simple and predictable story and while some of Stella and Will's choices made me go 'say wha?!', overall this was a good read and perfect for fans who want a tragic teen love story. Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steysha Kravits

    Just a money-making machine. There`s no real ending, since, I guess, the authors were too afraid to make it tragic. And as a whole, this book is just a bunch of clichés and sweet, tumblr level moments to make teens happy and teary. Nothing even close to TFIOS. (view spoiler)[Oh, and the only one who dies here is a gay character aka best friend of white heroine. Smells like trouble. (hide spoiler)] And am I the only one who thought that the movie was based on the book, not vice versa? Just a money-making machine. There`s no real ending, since, I guess, the authors were too afraid to make it tragic. And as a whole, this book is just a bunch of clichés and sweet, tumblr level moments to make teens happy and teary. Nothing even close to TFIOS. (view spoiler)[Oh, and the only one who dies here is a gay character aka best friend of white heroine. Smells like trouble. (hide spoiler)] And am I the only one who thought that the movie was based on the book, not vice versa?

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