Five Feet Apart

by Rachael Lippincott

Other authorsTobias Iaconis (Primary Contributor), Mikki Daughtry (Primary Contributor)
Paperback, 2022





Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2022), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages


Romance. Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML:Also a major motion picture starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson! Goodreads Choice Winner, Best Young Adult Fiction of 2019 In this #1 New York Times bestselling novel that's perfect for fans of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication??they can't get within a few 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 breakin… (more)


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304 p.; 8.25 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member HeatherLINC
Although "Five Feet Apart" was, at times, cheesy and stereotypical with shallow dialogue, I thought the author did a good job showing how cripping cystic fibrosis can be without too much medical jargon

While I liked both Will and Stella, my favourite character was Poe, Stella's best friend. I adored
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him, especially the way he cared for, and supported, Stella.

"Five Feet Apart" was a quick, easy read, and with the movie having been recently released, I can see that we will need a number of copies of this book in our library. This book is going to be a very popular addition and the girls will love it.
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LibraryThing member Susan.Macura
I prefer to read a book before I see a movie. In this book we meet Stella Grant, a teenage control-freak who has cystic fibrosis, who is now in the hospital waiting for a lung transplant. Her friends are supportive, especially Poe, a gay teen who suffers from the same disease. He is also being
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hospitalized at the same time, reuniting these friends in their "second home." Predictably, Stella meets Will, a teen who not only has this disease, but suffers from a bacterial strain that has eliminated him from the possibility of a lung transplant, thus guaranteeing him an earlier death. Of course they fall in love and try to make it work, even if only for a short time. There are predictable deaths and much sadness. However, this book does bring to the forefront the horrors of this disease and people's reactions to it, so reading it is worthwhile.
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LibraryThing member Twink
Okay, so lets start off with the cover of Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis. It's beautiful and really captures the premise of the book.

The star-crossed background. Uh huh, love is in the air. The vines or roots - think of them as lungs. And the title as the
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distance that has to be kept between the two main characters - Will and Stella.

Will and Stella both have cystic fibrosis. They're in hospital for treatment - Stella is on the transplant list and Will is on a trial drug battling a severe infection. They meet and it's most definitely not love at first sight, not even like really. Which is okay, as they need to maintain a six foot distance from each other, so as not to further compromise their health. But, this is a love story......and five feet is closer than six...

I adored Stella! She's smart, funny, kind, determined and more. Will is a bit of a 'bad boy'. He's angry at his disease and regularly refuses to do the treatments that will help him. He would much rather visit the places he's read about while he still can. Stella's best friend Poe will break your heart. Nurse Barb is the strict one that enforces that six foot barrier.

I thought the cystic fibrosis premise was done well and I'm sure readers and listeners will learn more about this disease through this novel.

The attraction between the two is inevitable. And the path is rocky of course. Exactly what I had expected going in - a love story. Do things happen quickly? Yes. Are there plot points that are a bit of stretch? Yes. Did I enjoy the story? Absolutely yes! (And if you're a John Green fan, you're going to love Five Feet Apart.)

I chose to listen to Five Feet Apart. The readers were Joy Osmanski (a perennial favorite of mine) and Corey Brill. Osmanski's voice matches the mental image I had created of Stella. Her voice sounds like a teenager. The tone and diction is crisp and clean. She captures the story well and matches the emotion and tenor of the story. Brill's voice has a nice, gravelly undertone to it. The pace of his reading is measured. He too enunciates well and his voice is pleasant to listen to. His voice also matched the character.

I really enjoy audiobooks - the stories seem to come to life for me when I listen. And Five Feet Apart was no exception. Excellent!

Five Feet Apart releases as a film in March 2019, starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson.
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LibraryThing member atreic
I wanted a book about people In Love, who can't Touch, and this book filled the spot exactly - sweet and romantic and funny and page turning, and there were some laughs, and some tears, and I couldn't put it down.

But it does explore the theme in a very rollercoaster way. There is a big dollop of
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'we are going to die anyway, so we should live while we can, even though that involves risk', but also 'loving me would kill you, and it is more important you Live, Without Me, than die with me.' I think I prefer stories where people get to make their own choices rather than other people making them for them 'because they really really love them'. And it is all a bit cheesy and unrealistic.

But oh, it has lots of magical bits! Will's birthday treasure hunt. Will and Stella in the swimming pool. Escaping the hospital and skating on the ice. Watching the lights of the city from the roof. If you want a tear jerker and are happy to turn the cynical bits of your brain off for a bit this book might be for you.
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LibraryThing member SBoren
I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Cystic Fibrosis is a very serious medical condition that has been romanticized in this book. The nursing staff in this book is too
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lax with rules etc. However that aside I found the book moving. Two teenagers that struggle to fight for air everyday, keeping up with medical treatments, and hide personal feelings from everyone begin to have feelings for one another. Will is fighting his mother who keeps looking for a treatment instead of spending her time looking at her son. Stella is fighting to hold together her family after her parents divorce. The two end up on the same floor of a hospital for different forms of treatment for the same disease. Cystic Fibrosis. Life is fragile and everyone's outlook is different both Will and Stella begin to understand fighting can mean two very different things for them both. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at
***please if you are going to use this book as reference for the disease Cystic Fibrosis do your research. Don't just assume everything in here is fact or that this is how hospitals are run or nurses are "not following rules" every person, Every treatment, Every disease effects everyone differently. Do not just assume everything here is fact.***
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LibraryThing member t1bnotown
I really liked this and I want to see the movie. I really wish that there could have been a perfect fairy tale ending, but I think it made sense. I learned things about CF, too.
LibraryThing member caslater83
This is a great YA book. It took me a while to get into the storyline. I already had a feeling that I was going to get teary-eyed at some point in this book and I was right. If you like beautiful stories with a bittersweet ending, you won't be disappointed with this one.
LibraryThing member Letora
Stella was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was six years old. Saint Grace's hospital has become a second home for her through the years as she continues to battle the terminal disease. In order to feel in control of her life she makes to do lists to follow and has a meticulously organized
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med cart. She's also developed an app to alert people with strict medication regiments when to take their medication. Her carefully ordered world is about to turn inside out as a new CFer arrives at Saint Grace's.

Will is cynical, sarcastic and tired of battling CF. He's contracted B. cepacia, an antibiotic resistant bacteria that has taken him off the lung transplant list. He's toured the world from the seat of a hospital bed as his mother has dragged him from place to place to undergo new treatments. Nothing has been able to rid his body of the B. cepacia and he wants to just live his life to the fullest before he dies. The strict regimen of medication he must take to breath is annoying and he can't be bothered to finish his treatments. Until he meets Stella, and learns what it means to want to live.

I will admit I had never heard of this book before the movie announcement. Do not approach this book thinking it is going to be another Fault in our Stars. Stella and Will are vastly different characters than what you experience in Fault. While they are teenagers, Rachel Lippincott was able to show how coming to terms with a disease like CF makes them mature in ways other teenagers have not. Grappling with how their family will handle death and the amount of responsibility an individual can feel when they can't control the disease was heartbreaking. It brings to light the amount of weight someone can feel when they are simply trying to stay alive.

People with Cystic Fibrosis cannot touch one another. The safe distance to stay apart is six feet as long as no one coughs or sneezes. The germs one person with CF carries can kill the other. Someone with B. cepacia is especially dangerous because there is no treatment for it. Once you contract B. cepacia you are off the transplant list and your already short life expectancy is reduced. The relationship between Stella and Will is without touch, it has to be for their own safety. I enjoyed the ways the two characters developed a relationships without relying on touch to facilitate it.

While this can certainly be a hard book to read due to the emotional weight, it is beautifully written and I highly recommended it. I hope to see more novels by Rachel Lippincott in the future.
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LibraryThing member karenvg3
I knew going into this one that it would most likely make me cry. Yep it did. It’s a quick read but it gives you an insight into CF and the struggles of those who have it. A cute love story that has enough drama to pull at your heart strings just a bit. 4🌟
LibraryThing member lflareads
A beautiful story of two teens struggling with life threatening illnesses, but trying to live and love with no barriers. They will do anything to find a way to be happy together-even if it means staying five feet apart. The strength of Stella, Will, and Poe is amazingly touching! I cried, I
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laughed, and I loved right along with the characters! A Beautiful Book-highly recommend!!
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LibraryThing member MissReader-CY
I loved this book as well as the movie. I cried so much that I needed to buy an entire package of tissue boxes!
I didn't give 5 stars only because I thought that the book could be a bit longer and expand a bit more but it was great in terms of character development despite that in the movie we are
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not given as much information.
Overall, I fully recommend you give it a read, it's the perfect book when you're in the mood for crying!
Check out the full review on my website, it has more details, I promise!
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LibraryThing member Triza.A-c
This book was phenomenal, I read it after watching the movie but it still had the same power to it. It gave me a different view on love, when you hear of love stories in which the two characters can't be physically close it's usually that they're different places or due to some conflict but never
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something quite like with Stella and Will. It made me realize how much I take for granted and what it truly means to love someone. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone looking to see love from a different perspective and willing to see how much they truly have. I wish I could forget the story just to read it again
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LibraryThing member thereserose5
Decided to read a YA romance for Valentine's Day this year and this was a cute read!
LibraryThing member AnaCarter
I’m so sad after reading this.
LibraryThing member Joanna331
The book is amazing. I think Will and stella should be together. I cried when I was reading the book
LibraryThing member theWallflower
So here’s a thing I didn’t know: this was a screenplay before it was a novel. Usually it’s the other around (and nine times out of ten, the book is better). But this here is a novelization of a movie. And you know how those are.

It’s a basic love story about two kids who have cystic
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fibrosis. This means they have low lung capacity and getting a cold can be life-threatening. They both essentially live in a hospital, but the boy has a bacteria that takes him off the lung transplant list. The girl doesn’t, but if she gets that bacteria, she’s off the list. Hence the five feet apart.

It’s like The Fault in Our Stars, but watered down. There are no grand thoughts here–no weighty contemplations about metaphors or suffering or oblivion or existentialism. It feels like this book is riding TFIOS’s coattails, capitalizing on a similar story with more focus on romance than the dissertation. Fortunately, that also means it’s shorter. But I guess it’s hard to communicate the gradualness of love in a short book.

And it has the trappings of a romance, like the gay best friend, the disapproving parents, the one “date”, the third act break-up, designed to make you cry. It’s going through the motions and cystic fibrosis is the way we’re going to tell the story this time. TFIOS is still probably the best teen romance I’ve read, one where it felt like the characters earned their togetherness and they weren’t smashed together because the book demanded it.
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LibraryThing member acargile
Students love books about kids who are sick and fall in love, so I ordered this novel. As an adult, I did a lot of eye rolling, but so many students are going to really love this novel.

Stella is dying. She's been dying her entire life, for she has CF (cystic fibrosis) and is now down to 35% lung
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capacity and in hopes of a lung transplant. A type A personality, Stella developed an app to help people with health conditions to know when and what medications to take. She has lists everywhere for tasks she wants and needs to accomplish. She even planned the senior trip to Cabo for her classmates. Unfortunately, Stella develops a sore throat and must check into her home away from home, the hospital, instead of travel with her friends. She does everything she is supposed to do for her CF. She knows that her parents will not survive her death, so she is determined to live for as long as possible. Her best CF friend, Poe, ends up in the hospital with her, so she has someone to talk to. She knows every inch of the hospital, for she really grew up there. She's well known and well liked.

One rule that cannot be broken concerns staying six feet away from other CF patients. Stella and Poe abide by this rule religiously. A new CF patient, Will, comes onto the ward, but he has B. cepacia in addition to CF. This condition is serious and has no treatment. Will's mom has taken him all over the world for new treatments. He was supposed to get a lung transplant, but the B. cepacia ended any hope of lungs. Will is two weeks away from his 18th birthday and plans on living life until he dies. No more traveling the world via windows in hospitals. This is the last trial drug he is trying and then he's finished.

Stella finds Will annoying. He doesn't do anything he's supposed to do. She eventually gets him to do all of his protocols by explaining that she stresses out. He doesn't want her upset, so he follows his regimen and actually feels better. Problem is he and Stella start liking each others. In no world can they ever get closer than six feet apart. Stella decides that she is claiming twelve inches and they'll stay five feet apart. The novel is more than a romance; you also learn about their families and how CF affects everyone, all relationships. It's all very dramatic.

There are mature scenes and topics discussed, so I would recommend this novel to our more mature middle school readers.
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