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 breaking too? (Goodreads)
If you are a fan of John Greene’s The Fault in Our Stars or Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, then I highly suggest you add this book to your list. This book focuses on main characters Stella and Will. They have almost an instant attraction and curiosity towards each other. The only problem is they both have Cystic Fibrosis and can’t come within 6 feet of each other. Honestly, I had my concerns about this story. I didn’t know how the author could possibly pull off a love story about two people who could never touch, and yet it worked. I also learned that this story is about so much more than the love story between Stella and Will. It’s about hope. It’s about friendship. It’s about family. It’s about the sacrifices you are willing to make for those you love. It’s a book that will definitely pull at your heart strings.
I did have some issues with the book. Those issues mostly revolve around Stella’s best friend, Poe. I don’t want to go into detail because I don’t want to spoil anything but I didn’t like how his story line was handled. I can’t speak to the accuracy of information about Cystic Fibrosis but I found it very interesting how detailed the author was throughout the story. I really think this book (and movie) will bring more awareness to more people like me who aren’t overly familiar with the genetic disease. I really liked how modern and relevant this story was. I think a lot of teens will be able to really relate to the characters.
I still don’t know how to feel about the end of the book. It left me with questions. I have some issues with how the characters handled certain events. I did really love the moment between our two main characters at the end. When you read it, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. I’m very excited to see this story unfold on film. If you’ve read this book already, let me know your thoughts in the comments!