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Unpopular Opinion: I thought this story was going to be like Fault In Our Stars; it started to be, but then it jumped off a cliff and ended.
Title: 5 Feet Apart
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
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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.
Honestly, this book started off great. I was invested in the characters and was really looking forward to what happened next. It seemed very Fault In Our Stars-esque, which I am all about because I am a huge fan. However, for some strange reason, the last few chapters of the book seemed rushed. There were a lot of things that happened all of a sudden, such as Poe randomly dying in the span of 20 minutes; then the next day Stella is getting new lungs, and the next moment Will leaves both the hospital and Stella, a double whammy. Everything happens so quickly and without much explanation that I was honestly frustrated with it! I have never really read a novel where I was upset with how it ended. Usually, they are sad or heartbroken, but this one was just… bad. I was looking forward to watching the movie adaptation, but now I’m worried… I hope they do a better ending!
Was It Too Hyped?
There was A LOT of hype over this book when the movie adaptation was announced, as per usual. All of a sudden, everyone was going nuts all over again about this book. Usually, when things like this are hyped up, I tend to run in the opposite direction (that’s why I have yet to watch GOT). This explains why I am only reviewing the book now and why I finally got the nerve to read it. I think I was expecting so much from this book and it just didn’t press my buttons in the way I wanted it to. Again, I have a deep love for FIOS, and I was really hoping this story would be a similar favourite but the ending… ugh, I can’t get over it.
The Characters Relationship
I love the characters in the story; Rachael did such a great job of showing their own personalities and what they bring to their hospital friend group. I can relate deeply to Stella’s need for control over her life, Will’s carefree spirit, and Poe’s love for food. The relationship between Stella and Will is adorable, I will give the author that. She brought a fun, sassy, and flirty relationship to the book that I really enjoyed. They really complimented each other and found a way to make it work the best they could. There is so much that I love about these characters and I wish there were more scenes where we could go deeper with them and explore what could happen. I wish Poe and Michael could finally get together again and work things out. I hoped that they would touch more on why Abby was in Arizona. Was there any particular reason for the trip? Did Will ever get his trial drug to work after all? How is he now able to travel if he wasn’t able to before?
As you can tell I have a ton of questions about what happens! At one point in the book, Will says he can help Poe visit his family because he has the money for it. Then a day or two later, Poe told Stella he is going to visit his family, did he accept Will’s offer? Who was paying for this? Was he well enough to visit? Clearly not if he died. Also, how did he die?! One minute he was baking for the surprise party, everyone having an awesome time, and then 20 minutes later he just dies. Does no one say why his lung just collapsed without warning? I don’t know why there was so little commotion around this scene, I know Poe was not a main character but he was a secondary for sure. Being Stella’s best friend since she was young, I assumed there would be more happening over the sudden death, there wasn’t even a funeral for the sake of Christmas crackers! Back to the surprise party, what did the other kids do when Barb took the CFers back to their rooms? Did they finish the pie and head home?
So many questions seem to be unanswered.
Of course, I can’t complain about something without having a suggestion of how things could be done differently. Now I can’t change the book but here are some things that could have made the ending better.
Poe- I need MORE! His lung collapsed, I get that, but what else? There were never any signs of him struggling before, did he call a nurse earlier, or complain of being short of breath? I need to know more behind Poe’s sudden death, maybe even Barb coming to talk to Stella after would have been a great way to explain it all.
Stella- I am so thrilled that she finally found a match for new lungs and that the surgery went well, but how was the recovery? Will suddenly abandoned her after surgery, how was she coping? Only a few days before her lung surgery, she had minor surgery for her feeding tube infection, did that ever heal? Were there any issues still regarding that? After 8 months she was travelling with her best friends, did she no longer have any breathing problems? I assume she was going to visit the Sistine chapel, like she wanted to with Abby, but there was no explanation of that, did she ever go? Maybe a chapter about her and her friends planning the trip, talking her parents into letting her go?
Will- He turns 18, leaves the hospital and goes where? Does he just start travelling with Jason, I didn’t think he would be well enough for that? Why did he decide to leave Stella right after her surgery? I know he couldn’t physically be around her, but why did he just leave right away? I think a chapter about him deciding to travel, working things out with his mom, and even finding out what is going on with his trial drug would be great. Does he continue to take the trial drug or just accept that there is no cure and live his best life now? Is he still doing his treatments even though he is travelling?
As you can see, there is so much that I want to know. I really hope that if I get the balls to watch the movie, it will summarize things better for me. I almost never say this, but I hope the movie is better than the book, because the ending of this book sucked.
I only give this book ★★★☆☆, it was cute and had a great build-up, but the ending needed some work. I would love to hear if you have any answers to my million questions or if you have a completely different opinion! I am always open for a discussion and would love some feedback.
Moral Of The Story: Being organized is a great trait to have, you can still love someone from 5 feet away, and never leave questions unanswered.