Five Feet Apart

Five Feet Apart

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"Seventeen-year-olds Stella and Will, both suffering from cystic fibrosis, realize the only way to stay alive is to stay apart, but their love for each other is slowly pushing the boundaries of physical and emotional safety." -- (Source of summary not specified)
Can you love someone you can never touch? Stella and Will both suffer from cystic fibrosis. Being together means they could pass an infection. Stella is waiting for a lung transplant; Will is on a clinical drug trial. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. Staying six feet apart doesn't feel like safety, it feels like punishment. Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too? -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781534437333
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 5 feet apart


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Jun 12, 2019

I loved this book so much it was sad but had amazing detail in it I would give this book an infinity out of infinity. I definitely enjoyed the book reading Stella's and Will's love story was very emotional yet happy. Those who have CF or B. Cepacia I feel terrible for you but fight to live as long as you possibly can.

Jun 06, 2019

Very very very good! I read this book in less than a day, and the movie was also very good. Make sure you have tissues! This story makes you feel many emotions. Absolutely loved it!

Jun 01, 2019

Based on the screenplay of the somewhat popular movie, this book gives us a glimpse into the world of teens dealing with cystic fibrosis. Reminds us of the limitations of dealing with a debilitating illness. The repeat hospital visits. The need for a transplant. Therapy and med schedules. Stella has it all together. Will has given up. Told in alternating perspectives, the narrative has a "Fault In Our Stars" vibe. This collaboration, however, does not measure up to the level of John Green's work.

May 07, 2019

I love this book. It was very sweet and had some very interesting twists. I was very intrigued on how the Romeo & Juliet-type relationship would end up. The only thing that I though could have been better was the character development and relationship building. I didn't know a lot about this book going into it but that part of this book seemed very juvenile. Ew boys are gross but wait he is pretty and notices me was the vibe I got.

Apr 24, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy YA, and "sick lit".

Stella has had Cystic Fibrosis (CF) since she was six. Her local hospital is her second home, and while she's not psyched about missing her senior trip to Cabo, she isn't too upset having to go in for treatments. Her friend she's known forever, Poe will be there, and she loves all of her nurses. Will is in his 50th hospital, undergoing yet another experimental drug trial for b. cepacia which not only makes his CF worse, but took him right off of the list for new lungs. b. cepacia is incredibly contagious, and a death sentence for other CFers. When Will meets Stella he has trouble staying away, and Stella, for once, has trouble following the rules.

So, I feel that I should preface by saying I haven't read a lot of "sick lit" the closest I can count is A Walk to Remember which I read about 17 years ago... so I don't have a lot to compare this to. I saw the trailer for the movie, and was sucked right in.. so naturally I added this to my TBR. I expected it to be dramatic, sad, and predictable... and it certainly delivered on those things. I found it refreshing to read a bit of YA after a long break, and liked this a bit more than I expected to. I liked that Stella and Will were very different, I liked that there was a wee twist in the middle of the book, I liked that the characters had to examine their lives (and deaths) and figure out what they wanted to do. I thought it was very interesting that they were both 18 or turning 18 so they really did have a "choice" as to what they did with their treatment and lives. In the end I'm not sure what I expected, there are only so many possible outcomes, right? I think I liked it, it's certainly not easy to put yourselves in their shoes and imagine what you might do.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Apr 02, 2019

How do you fall in love when most of your life has been spent in a hospital, ill? This book was very touching, and had quite the surprise ending. I'm looking forward to the movie!

Mar 27, 2019

I loved this book! I thought all the characters were all so well done. I thought it was trying to be the fault in our stars a bit with the whole going to die soon. I did really enjoy the story tho, I did not predict the ending however. So, the ending really did surprise me. It was fun to read the book and then watch the movie. I thought the main character, Will, was so sweet and some of the things he said melted my heart. Overall, I would recommend watching it, as it is a cute teenage heartwarming movie. 5/5 Stars @Effystonem at the Hamilton Public Library of the Teen Review Board.

“Five Apart Apart” is a wonderful love story about two characters with cystic fibrosis, Stella Grant and Will Newman, who fall in love despite not being able to go more than 6 feet apart from each other. Though they push that limit and make it five feet apart because of their love for one another; risking their lives being that close. Their story is incredibly heartbreaking and moving as they are in love and are not allowed to hug, kiss and hold hands etc., which is what humans crave. This may be a really emotional novel to some, so I suggest making sure you have tissues with you just in case. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read romance novels. I rate ‘Five Feet Apart” 5/5 stars. @Kyky18 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Five Feet Apart is a touching story of two teenagers, Stella and Will, living with cystic fibrosis. The two hit it off in no time and soon enough they are falling for each other. The biggest downside? They must stay no less than six feet apart at all times. This means no holding hands, no hugging, and definitely no kissing. Perhaps the best aspect of this novel is the bittersweet heartbreak that comes from the storyline. Never have I cried so much over a book yet I couldn't put it down. I recommend this book to anyone who has read and enjoyed The Fault in our Stars by John Green. Overall, I would rate this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ @TheBookNerd of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Mar 24, 2019

This book is very awesome, and to some critics, even though Stella is on the top of the list for a lung transplant, she still can run around and work out at the gym. Maybe you should research more about Cystic Fibrosis before you argue :)

Mar 18, 2019

This book has a fantastic plot but horrible writing for an example the author starts 5 sentences in a row with I.

Also it is copied by Fault in our stars

Mar 01, 2019

I saw this book and thought it must be the book the movie is based on. It was only afterwards that I found out that it's the opposite. It's the novelization of a screenplay. This is not a good book. It's the worst of sick lit. It presents cystic fibrosis as a means to romance and wacky shenanigans. Someone at the very top of the lung transplant list is very, very sick. That person would not be well enough to work out in a gym or run around a hospital evading nurses.

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Apr 21, 2019

If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first. And then I’ll die.


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