After noticing the new film appear on Netflix I was super curious to read Five Feet Apart. Then even more so when I realised how much attention it was getting in the Bookstagram community. However, when the book arrived I was a little put off by the multiple authors idea. I was worried it would be bitty and that there would be evidence of a differing opinion. I was wrong.
Stella suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. She is obsessive about her treatment ensuring she does what she can to stay as fit as possible whilst she waits for a lung transplant. Not because she necessarily wants one, but because she is worried what her death will do to her parents.
Will also has Cystic Fibrosis, however, his has progressed and his Mom is forcing him to participant in trials for recovery all around the world. Will is just counting down the days until he turns 18 when he will become in charge of his own medical journey and discharge himself from hospital and see some of the world; outside of hospital walls, before he dies. That is until he meets Stella.
One really cruel feature of cystic fibrosis; you know besides not being able to breathe, is that you are not allowed to be within six feet of another sufferer as they can be deadly to each other; a fact I didn’t know and I’m grateful to this book for educating me on. So when Will and Stella both find themselves admitted onto the same ward they are constantly faced with the dilemma of staying apart.
This is the sort of heart breaking, easy read I needed in my life right now. I smiled and cried. I must say, I was super frustrated by the title and then the constant reference to being six feet apart rather than five but okay yes stick with it, it’s significant. I feel like the authors really did their job. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy the book. I now want to look into the disease more to understand something I haven’t really ever given two thoughts to in the past; that makes me sound terrible. Now I’m excited to watch the Netflix film!
A full whomping 5/5 stars!
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