“I’m not going far. I’ll always be here. Just an inch away. I promise.”
Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital for 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?
Today I'm talking about my favorite book of may, Five Feet Apart.
This book left me in tears, it was so beautiful, so real, unique, I don't really have enough words to describe it.
Will loved Stella more than he loved himself, Stella loved Will more than she could imagine...
Not forgetting Poe, Jason, Hope, Camila, Mya, their parents, the hospital staff damn it. Everyone was amazing in this book.
There weren't any bad guys, or jealous friends, not the typical drama we normally find, this book was full of friendship, willpower, love, and family.
This book is not only about first love and rainbows. This book is about two teens with cystic fibrosis (CF) dealing with the uncertainty of their futures, with goodbyes, with heartbreaks.
Stella is an organizing freak who has her life in order and manages her medications and treatments efficiently. Stella deals with CF since she was six and her only goal is to stay alive, not for her but for her family.
She feels like she has to live in order to keep her family together after the tragedy they lived in the past year.
Will's the total opposite of Stella, he's a rule breaker tired of medications, hospitalizations, and drug trials for B. cepacia, the bacteria he's contracted it's like a death sentence for those who are waiting for new lungs.
When Stella and Will first meet in the CF ward, they infuriate each other, but romance eventually blooms.
The bacteria infecting Will (B. Cepacia) is extremely dangerous and easily transmitted, worse, it is drug-resistant, and it drastically shortens the already short life span of CF patients.
And because of these awful factors, he has to stay six feet away from the other patients in the ward. This is especially important for Stella, as she is waiting for a lung transplant, she cannot be near him but let's face it, can she stay away from him? I don't think so.
CF patients can't hug, kiss, touch or any skinship activity towards other CF patients (at least in the book).
And as they both work through the physical barriers to a relationship, they're also working through emotional ones. They can't have a normal teen life and activities, they have to learn to take care of themselves. A danger can be as near as six feet away.
But this book is not only about Stella and Will, we get to know Poe, he's Stella's best friend and he is also a CF patient.
Poe, unlike Stella, had many relationships but they never last because Poe sees life more deeply than we think.
They hope to fight together, but sometimes, six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.
After the book, I watched the movie and I loved it so freaking much, I only disliked the end because I wanted it the same way the book ends up, but I think you should read this amazing book!