Book Review: Five Feet Apart

Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: 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?

Review: So this is one of the times I actually read a popular book that inevitably became a film and although it was a good read, I just didn’t don’t find it all that exciting.

So the story is about two teens who both have life-threatening illnesses that prevent them from being close to each other, hence the name 5 feet apart (although they are meant to be 6 feet apart I believe but they are rebels). Anyway so although I think that this trope is cute and such, I think that it’s too similar to The fault in our stars. Although it does have quite a few differences for example in the scenes don’t feel similar and such, the structure was roughly the same.

I would have loved a complete ending but alas we were given an open ending instead. I do really have a love-hate relationship with open endings, especially from the delirium series by Lauren Oliver. Although it does allow us to dream that they stay together or the realistic side of them dying. I find that the ‘popular’ books are often heartbreakers and honestly I prefer a good happy ending (apart from in Noughts and Crosses, that’s the only exception I have made so far, although I do want a happy ending for Callie and Toby if you have read Crossfire: my review here).

I do enjoy the writing style of this book however, it’s very different from other books I have read and I really enjoyed it. Mostly the thing that let me down was the plotline.

Overall it was a good book I just don’t find it overly exciting or unique. I feel like it has a certain person that this is targeted to and I don’t think I am that person.

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