Are you ready to read a book that hits you in the feels?
Five Feet Apart is a young adult novel that tackles the heartbreaking reality of living with Cystic Fibrosis. Stella is a chronically ill teenager who treats her treatment as a life or death mission: because it is. In her world full of chaos and family pain, she strives to hold on to any control given to her. She does everything in her power to stay healthy and shares her vulnerable journey with many followers online.
Imagine her frustration when she meets Will Newman, a teenager who is refusing his treatments and longs for the day he turns 18. Once he has control of his medical care, he plans to live the rest of his days traveling. He refuses to waste any of his remaining life on treatments he believes to be hopeless.
Despite their different outlooks on life, they find that they are drawn to each other and begin their friendship. One of the many problems they face? They must always stay 6 feet apart from each other. Getting any closer could cause Stella a possible infection which would jeopardize her place on the transplant list.
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would!
Five Feet Apart was recently adapted on the big screen and that was my cue to give this YA novel a try. For the past 4 years I have battled Fibromyalgia and Chronic fatigue Syndrome. While it is no where near as debilitating as Cystic Fibrosis, I can still related to the feeling of being out of control of your health.
Stella and Will are lovable characters and I found myself drawn to their risky friendship and love. At the end of the day, The Fault In Our Stars remains my favorite YA novel, but Five Feet Apart is worth a read if this is your genre of choice.
Have you read Five Feet Apart or seen the movie? What are some other YA novels I should read?