Five Feet Apart Will Leave You In Tears

Bailey Gasparovic, Staff Writer

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Five Feet Apart is an amazing story about love and friendship in the lives of teenagers Will and Stella. Both of these characters have Cystic Fibrosis and find themselves stuck in the same hospital for several weeks. They become friends and eventually fall in love, even though all people with CF must stay six feet away from each other at all times to avoid deadly germs from spreading. The six foot rule is especially important for Will as he has B. Cepacia. B. Cepacia is a bacteria that is deadly to those with CF and it is spread through direct contact with other people and objects. Even though Will and Stella have potential to kill each other through their disease, they still found a way to fall in love without ever having touched.

This book has been turned into a movie, and even though I have yet to see this movie, the book was absolutely phenomenal and told a heart wrenching story of love and loss. However there were some not so great things too.

One of the many things I loved about this book is how relatable the characters  are. Not only are they easy to relate to from the standpoint of someone without CF, but for teenagers with CF these characters and the lives they lead become even more relatable. I also loved how the chapters bounced back and forth between Stella’s point of view and Will’s point of view. It gave the thought process behind their different actions and reasoning and helped move the story along.

What I didn’t really like about the story is that you kind of have to be in the know about CF and the things that come with it before reading. For me, I understood what CF was because I have a friend with it, but I didn’t know about all of the rules and regulations or B. Cepacia, or the reasons behind some of the things that were happening in the story. While it became a learning experience for me, I didn’t enjoy having to stop reading to look up medical terminology. I feel like having it explained to a better extent in the text would have been helpful.

Overall I give this book an 9/10. If you would like to learn more about CF visit https://www.cff.org/.