Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtery, and Tobias Iaconis
If you liked The Fault in our Stars or Everything, Everything, then you are sure to love this book.
Stella basically calls the hospital her second home. She has a disease, Cystic Fibrosis, that causes her lungs to not work, so every time she gets sick or even the hint of being sick, it requires her to spend a few weeks in the hospital. It’s not ideal, but she’s a fighter and she has everything planned out, so it’s not that bad.
But this time, it’s different because there is a new kid, Will, on the Cystic Fibrosis floor. Her first impression of Will is that he is gorgeous until he opens his mouth, and this guy is the definition of a jerk. Stella is not impressed and vows to stay away, which is easy because when you have cystic fibrosis, you can’t be within six feet of anyone else with the disease. It can truly be deadly, so staying away from Will isn’t going to be a problem. But neither one can stop thinking about the other. Will is intrigued by Stella. Stella is beyond annoyed that Will does not take his treatments seriously. So no matter how hard they try to stay apart, they just can’t do it. They both know it is deadly for them to be within six feet of each other, but they continue to flirt around this rule until the unexpected happens and both of their lives are put in danger.
This was a quick, easy read that is hard to put down. You feel a true sadness for the characters and the things they are unable to do, but you see their strength and determination at making the best of their situations. You cheer them on to be strong and fight, then on the next page find yourself yelling at them to stay away from each other.
This is currently a movie on Netflix, and I watched it after reading the book. The movie adaptation was great, but having read the story, I felt that the movie didn’t give you a chance to really get to know the characters like the book does. As always, the book is better. So read the book first and the movie will mean so much more.