Title: Five Feet Apart
Author: Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis
Date of publication: November 20th, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Print length: Hardcover, 288 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
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Writing Quality 6/5, Character Development 6/5, ‘Couldn’t put it down’ – ness 6/5, Intellectual Depth 6/5, Originality 6/5, Overall 6/5.
I have decided to read the book after seeing the movie and without a doubt, I am not at all disappointed! The entire action floats around a girl named Stella who has cystic fibrosis(which means that your body produces too much mucus) and a boy, Will, who has the same disease, but with the additional Burkholderia cepacia(B. cepacia). This bacterium is resistant to most antibiotics which destroy the chance of the infected to a lung transplant.
If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first.
The main characters of the book are, of course, Stella and Will. Throughout the story, both of them learn what it means to love somebody deeply. The only thing that keeps them apart is the six feet.In order to survive(Will) and to have a chance to a lung transplant(Stella), they always have to keep the distance. To sum up the paragraph, the book shows their daily struggle with life, the disease and also the isolation that comes along(it is risky for the CFers to be near each other, so this makes the disease pretty lonely).
“I think a well-drawn cartoon can say more than words ever could, you know? It could change minds.”
All the characters are complex and wonderfully made. Stella is the perfect way to describe control. She tries with every inch of herself to keep everyone happy and in control even if it means to take her own happiness away. She lives to take her meds, she doesn’t take them to live. Some people may say she has the survivor’s guilt. Will is the complete opposite; he doesn’t take his meds because he believes there is no salvation for him. He would do anything to take his mother off his shoulders and escape her endless tries to cure him. He wants to live every moment he has left and travel around the world. Poe is Stella’s oldest friend. They met on Stella’s first day at the hospital and remained friends ever since.
I think about that very last breath…sucking for air, pulling and pulling and getting nothing. I think about my chest muscles ripping and burning, absolutely useless. No air — no nothing, just black.
This book is also an alarming reminder of the life that the ones with chronic illnesses have to live. Even if the nurses are a bit too lax, and there were some stretches regarding CF, it still highlights and raises awareness among the readers.
“You scare me Stella.” I looked at him, frowning. “What? Why?” He looks into my eyes his voice serious. “You make me want a life I cant have.” I know exactly what he means. He shakes his head his face somber. “That’s the scariest thing I’ve ever felt.”
It was quite easy to read, even for me, and I am not a native speaker. They didn’t use a lot of complicated words and I still improved my vocabulary. They used some words too many times, maybe to emphasize some ideas. I found it kinda annoying.
So is your plan to die really, really smart so you can join the debate team of the dead?
The movie followed the book exactly, except the ending(the one in the book was 10 times better). Even if I watched the movie before reading, I had the same emotional response as if I hadn’t . In addition, in the book you can find some parts that in the movie do not exist(which sounds pretty good to me). It is also full of action and I just couldn’t bring myself to stop reading it. It always keeps you at the edge of your seat!
I lie back, putting my hands behind my head, the room seeming uncomfortably quiet even though it’s still just me in here. But as I roll over and turn out the light, I realize for the first time in a long time, I don’t really feel alone.
The story is uplifting, heartbreaking and funny all in one go. Overall Five Feet Apart is a beautifully written book about love, loss, and fighting for your own life. I strongly recommend it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner.