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Today I’m beyond thrilled to share this post with all of you because there’ll be some awesome stuff such as a highly-anticipated movie trailer for the upcoming novel, Five Feet Apart, written by Rachael Lippincott and published by the incredible Simon & Schuster BFYR, a playlist going along with my book review, and a giveaway for a hardcover copy of the book as a cherry on top!
Now you tell me, isn’t all of this EXCITING?
All right, without further ado, let’s get started!
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson in March 2019!
In this moving story 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 breaking too?
My Thought on the Book
***Actual Rating: 4/5 Carpe-Diem Stars***
”She’s fighting for her life,” she finally says, meeting my eyes in the glass. “She doesn’t know what’s ahead of her or why she’s fighting. It’s just…instinct, Will. Her instinct is to fight. To live.”
I’ve got to say that Five Feet Apart is definitely a book worthy of pondering on over and over again even after re-reading it several times. Honestly, I didn’t resonate with the protagonists very much when I first read the book because of all the resemblances with John Green’s irreplaceable The Fault in Our Stars and Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You. Fortunately, the overall concept of the story started to grow on me the more I recalled the details of the characters’ experiences and those lessons of life they learnt from the hard way.
I think I get it now. Why Will would go onto the roof. I’d do anything to get up from the gurney and run far, far away. To Cabo. To Vatican City to see the Sistine Chapel. To all the things I have avoided out of fear of getting sicker, only to find myself lying here anyway, about to go into another surgery I might not come out of.
When life brought Stella, a CFer (a.k.a. someone who had cystic fibrosis and whose lungs couldn’t function normally), and Will, another CFer with a more unpredictable/rare disease called B. cepacia (short for Burkholderia cepacia), which might easily infect the other CFers with a simple touch. Thus, Stella and Will’s Golden Rule of all time: Stay Six Feet Apart From Each Other. Well, that was before their little encounter in the hospital Stella stayed when her lungs failed her…once again.
The biggest difference between Stella and Will was that the former always stuck to her “Master To-Do List” whereas the latter believed in living in the moment and never regretted anything he’d done. As cliché as this might sound, I personally loved how their stories intertwined and the way the author plotted out everything they went through together. I loved how Will not only persuaded Stella to step out of her comfort zone but also motivated her to take the dare in her seemingly short life filled with uncertainty.
Tapping my foot impatiently, I check the status of my car, squinting when I see movement on the other side of the doors. The glass fogs up and I watch as a hand reaches up to draw a heart.
My favorite scene was definitely the last part where Stella and Will finally went exploring the beautiful-yet-always-far-away lights in the distance—yep, even though they were supposed to be confined in the hospital—once they realized they literally had nothing to lose. Not that I was encouraging you to live out loud like no tomorrow; it just hit me that perhaps “carpe diem” served as the right mindset all this time when we had doubts in life and everything made much more sense with this thought in mind.
Aside from the incredibly heartwarming storyline, I also appreciated the character development throughout the book. Both Stella and Will had their own distinctive personality but somehow, they managed to better each other with what they experienced together. As a huge romance fan, I was pretty satisfied with the subtle romantic element in this book. To put it differently, I was glad the author didn’t sugarcoat the
slightly forbidden chemistry between Stella and Will or put too much emphasis on the immense power of LOVE. Granted, love might cure a lot of things but when it comes to congenital diseases, you truly never knew.
Before wrapping up my review, I’d like to share something about the open ending, meaning there wasn’t a direct, certain conclusion to the story. There were lots of possibilities and what-ifs that I couldn’t seem to stop dreaming about because Stella and Will changed so much by the end of the story. To be honest, the ending torn me apart since I wasn’t sure what to expect or what’d turn out for them. Hence, the only reason I didn’t give this book a 5/5 star was because I’d rather get an obvious outcome than being left cliff-hung.
All in all, Five Feet Apart was surely a book not to miss! Will and Stella’s story would make you cry and laugh and left an unforgettable impression on you once you were finished. Besides, the movie trailer looked soooo good that I couldn’t wait until next March!! Last but not least, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Five Feet Apart and hope you’ll enjoy the book and the movie as much as I do.
***Massive thanks to the wonderful publisher for including me in the Five Feet Apart blog tour.***
Check out the awesome Movie Trailer!
Awww, isn’t the casting for this movie perfect? I love Will and Stella so much both in the book and the movie; seriously, I can’t wait for the official release in March, 2019! ❤ Besides, this trailer reminds me of a younger version of Me Before You, featuring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, which makes me all the more excited.
My Playlist for the book
★Ed Sheeran—All of The Stars
★The Chainsmokers—This Feeling ft. Kelsea Ballerini
★Martin Garrix—High On Life ft. Bonn
★Martin Garrix—Burn Out ft. Justin Mylo
★Sia–I’m Still Here
★Birdy & Rhodes—Let it All Go
**Side note: These songs were inspired by the lovely story from Five Feet Apart and I hope you enjoy them!**
About the Author
Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner.
For a chance to win a hardcover copy of Five Feet Apart, Simon & Schuster is generous enough to let me host this giveaway and you can enter it NOW.
Ends on November 30th, 00:00, GMT time.
Blog Tour Schedule
I have so much fun participating in this blog tour and it’s also my very first collaboration with a publisher so everything’s new and fresh to me. Don’t forget to stop by the following fellow bloggers and learn more about the author, the book, the movie, or more chances to win a free book! 😀
November 12 – That Artsy Reader Girl
November 13 – Vivacious Bibliophile
November 14 – A Gingerly Review
November 15 – Life of a Simple Reader
November 16 – A Glass of Wine
November 17 – Book is Glee
November 19 – Bumbles and Fairytales
November 20 – Adventures of a Book Junkie
November 21 – Jen Ryland Reviews
November 22 – Joyous Reads
November 23 – Chasing Faerytales
November 24 – Folded Pages Distillery
November 26 – Oh, Hey! Books
November 27 – Book Briefs
November 28 – Novel Knight Book Reviews
November 29 – A Dream within a Dream
November 30 – My Guilty Obsession
That’s all for today’s blog tour and I hope you have a great time here. Feel free to let me know what you think about this book/synopsis/movie trailer in the comments below! I’d love to chat more with you. 🙂
Until next time,