Monday, July 8, 2019

Five Feet Apart Review

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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?

Five Feet Apart was good. It was unique. It evoked lots of emotion. (ie, leaving me in tears at 11 o'clock at night)

But, I think that, with the movie coming out and everything, this book got too hyped up for me. I mean, come on: it was Cole freaking Sprouse.

I hadn't watched the movie before, because I wanted to fall in love and imagine the characters on the page before I saw them on a screen. I think this was a wise decision, because this book was just jam-packed with internal conflict.

This allowed for more character development, and grounds for a relationship when the characters opened up to each other.

Which brings me to one of the only problems that I had with Five Feet Apart--how quickly the characters opened up with each other. If I'm grasping the timeline correctly, the characters only knew each other for a few weeks maybe three? CHECK THIS. And after a week or two, they just started telling each other things like: "Yeah, so-and-so was really close to me but then they died and now I have all of this emotional baggage."

This made for fast pacing, which I DID appreciate, don't get me wrong, I just felt like it was a little unrealistic.

But that's enough negativity.

One of my favorite parts of the book was the characters--especially Poe. Poe is a side-character, and doesn't have nearly enough page-time as Will or Stella do. But I absolutely loved his personality and his snark.

There were a good amount of subplots in the book--which I most definitely can appreciate. I liked how each of the subplots affected the characters, and propelled the plot along--just as a good subplot should do.

I think that, above all, the book and the movie were fantastic ways to bring awareness to cystic fibrosis.

You can read a free excerpt of Five Feet Apart here.

And if you want to watch the trailer, I have that right here:

So, have you seen the movie (or read the book) yet?


  1. Oh sounds interesting! I haven't seen the book or movie.

    1. If you ever decide to read/watch, I hope you enjoy. :)

  2. Great review, Kara! I’ll have to check this book out - I was worried, like you said, that it would be too overhyped and would actually be horrible. But I’ll probably read it!

  3. I need to read this one, and of course watch the movie.

  4. I haven't read the book or seen the movie yet- but I have heard of both. Sounds sad and I can see myself crying at both. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

    1. Yes, I was totally bawling, lol.

    2. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I followed you back- but my picture shows up differently than the picture when I comment. It says Jess and has a a picture of me and my co-author. :)

  5. Good review! I haven't read the book and watched the film either, but I really want to! I've seen the trailer and it looks great. Firstly I want to find the book in the local library and then watch the movie - I prefer reading books at first ;)
    Have a nice day!

    1. Thanks! I prefer reading books first as well.


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