Five Feet Apart

Hey everyone! Hope you are all safe and well. I’ve had an emotional few days this week with Five Feet Apart. I read the book in two days and then watched the film adaptation on the third. I feel as if I’ve not stopped crying for the entire time! I have been meaning to read this YA book for a while and it was definitely worth it – I was completely blown away.

I normally write my own blurbs but this time I just couldn’t seem to say the right thing so I’ve included the original.

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. What Stella needs to control most is her distance 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. In one week he’ll turn eighteen, and then he’ll be able to unplug himself from all these machines and actually go see the world.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. But now six feet apart 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?

Now seemed a particularly appropriate time to read this book as we live with the social distancing measures of Covid-19. Details like wearing face masks and other PPE, communicating with friends and family through video calls, the rules of no hugging and the ever present fear that contamination could risk your life and the lives of others, rang with more meaning having experienced these things for myself.

Five Feet Apart was a beautiful and heart-breaking story full of brave and inspiring characters, written with such understanding and sensitivity. Despite the effects of Cystic Fibrosis, the story was one of hope, courage and most of all, the power of love.

One of those books in life that must be read, raising awareness for the disease and what it’s like to live with or love somebody with a terminal illness – enabling you to walk in someone else’s shoes.

If you havn’t already read it, I recommened getting a copy (and a box of tissues) and reading it right now!

I also thoroughly enjoyed the film. As usual I was a bit sceptical of the movie adaptation but it was really well done – very close to the original story and respectful of the book – the main things for me! I definitely recommend watching this too.

Hope you have a good weekend 🙂

Meg Readz xx

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