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"Five Feet Apart" by Rachael Lippincott et. al. *

Five Feet Apart cover

Now a major motion picture starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson!

In this #1 New York Times bestselling novel, two teens fall in love with one minor complication—they can’t get within a few feet of each other without risking their lives.

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her 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 staying away from anyone 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?

Publication date: #November2018 #2018year


* PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE NOTE: Including Five Feet Apart on this database was a hard decision for me because it has received extremely mixed views from the CF community; however, since there are people with CF that I've found online who have really, really, appreciated the representation (linked below), as a compromise, I've decided for now to just leave some links below discussing both the inspiration for Five Feet Apart as well as the reception (both the good and bad) in the Cystic Fibrosis community.

Please be aware that the majority of the links below are discussing the movie adaptation rather than the book; however, Five Feet Apart is unique in that the book & movie were made in conjunction with each other (rather than one being an adaptation of the other), and as someone who has read/seen both, I can say that they are near-identical when it comes to portraying CF.

Full #OwnVoices review of the Five Feet Apart movie from a Cystic Fibrosis patient:

Links to reviews and articles discussing Five Feet Apart:


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