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Book Review of Five Feet Apart


Five Feet Apart

Alysson Pahl, Staff Writer

Five Feet Apart is a teenage romance novel written by Racheal Lippincott with help from Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Ianconis. It is currently being filmed as a movie that will be out in theatre’s March 13.

Stella Grant is your basic hardworking teenager, all but for the lungs. Stella has Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a genetic mutation that causes lung function to lower due to outstanding mucus blockage, and lowers a persons life expectancy to only live to around 30.

In this story, a week before she was supposed to go on her senior trip to Cabo, a high fever gets her in the hospital she’s been going to all her life. This is where she meets Will Newman, a fellow CF’er who had contracted B. cepacia, a form of CF that gets into systems other than the lungs, making it impossible to get a lung transplant because it would come back much faster than that of normal CF, and lessening the already low life expectancy. Because of this, he’s been dragged around by his mom on a worldwide tour of hospitals that have possible cures for the so far incurable disease.

He is against all of the treatment regimens and pills, though, thinking that if he’s going to die young, might have lived a little first. This way of thinking angers Stella, who thinks that if there is any chance to elongate the time you have on earth, you should take it. She decides that to make sure that Will does his treatment, they will do their treatments together, over facetime. As they go through their daily treatments together, they get to know each other and eventually fall in love. But what happens when you fall in love with someone that you can never touch?

I loved this book. It was so hard to put down. I found myself emersed in all the characters. My favorite by far had to be Poe, one of Stella’s friends and a fellow CF’er. Even if he wasn’t one of the two main leads in the story, he was beautifully characterized and had some pretty amazing quirks. I mean, can you think of anyone that would bring a spice rack, that includes black truffles, just so that they can enjoy hospital food? I would say that anyone who loves romance novels would love this book, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone into that genre. And then maybe you can decide whether or not you can truly love someone you can never touch.