Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, #19 review

Publication date: 20 November 2018

In this moving story two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives.

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital 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?

Honestly, when I saw the cover, I thought it was an upsidedown tree. Hahaha, I thought that the roots grew flowers in a form of metaphor in which translates to: Beautiful Flowers grows from the Unseen, Underground. I told my friend this and his reaction was, “You are weird and HoW oN EaRtH? You think too much”.

Moving onto the actual review itself! This was a quick read, not exactly light because of the number of emotions in this little book. The storyline is outlined pretty well. From the start, you know what the author is trying to portray in the story & you know how it goes. It is a girl who falls in love with the boy, vice versa. Then, something dangerous happens and they have a near death experience OR one of them dies OR if the author is cruel enough, they both die. Opps.

BUT, that didn’t happen! I thought I knew how the story will end, I didn’t. It was very different from what I had in mind. Thus, it surprised me. There were many cute scenes in the book, I squeal a couple of times when reading it. Since this is a spoiler free review, I’ll tell you that I teared up. I didn’t cry.

“If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first.”

My poor heart 😭

However, I cried twice during the movie. Thank you to my friend who generously let me eat his giant bag of candy and gave me tissues. TBH, all the girls in the cinema were bawling their eyes out, some were extremely enthusiastic, they squealed, they fangirled, the sobbed, they mourned, they AWWWWWWWWWWWed a thousand times. The best part of watching a book to movie is that you already know what’s gonna happen so you watch for other people’s reaction since they most probably didn’t read the book and only watched the movie because Cole Sprouse is in it. Can’t blame them. *shrugs*

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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