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Five Feet Apart

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She is also a good friend, and desperate to make her parents happy, and she is all-round a lovable character. I don't know as well as I do know why I kept comparing this one with The Fault in Our Stars movie (sorry to say that I haven't read the book by John Green yet, forgive me) and yes, somehow it reminded me of Turtles All The Way Down by John Green here and there. It’s important to remember who this book is written for; it was not intended for me, and because of that there were aspects of it that didn’t resonate. Instead Lord addresses the intricacies and messiness of mortality in a genuine and heartwarming way. Now this isn't just because I'm not a big crier; it's also because I just don't understand the point of a story when the primary reason is to make you cry.

Yes, it will definitely remind you of Fault in Our Stars by John Green but again don't compare it, both of them are unique in their own way. I’m aware that opinions tend to differ when it comes to books like this one and there will always be as many pros as cons. Will, the boy who has no desire to please his mom or anyone; the boy who is just so ready to break all the rules just to 'live more'. I mean not very mature as they are only seventeen but much better than the characters you read in a typical YA book.Stella is so much her CF even her whole YT channel revolves around it (which is a shame because I thought the YT element was such a good idea since there’s a strong CF awareness community on YT and elsewhere on social media, but the fact that EVERYTHING about Stella is defined by her CF kinda ruins it). As I'm sure we can all imagine not being able to breath is horrifying and induces an instant panic attack. I thought long and hard about how to review “Five Feet Apart” and to be entirely honest I still haven’t found an answer. It is easy to read, laid out in alternating chapters – changing between Stella’s point of view and Will’s. Stella finds out that Will is NOT doing his treatments, she decides to download the app that she created on Will's phone, Stella and Will facetime everyday to take their medicine together.

But a queer person of colour dies quite randomly from CF complications right after deciding to get back together with the love of their life and that death motivates one of the protagonists to start living for themselves.

However, I’m also aware that an equally large number of CFers have raised concerns over the romantization of CF and the novel’s central topic. They go through highs of deciding to screw the rules and be together (though maintaining the five feet thing using a pool cue), and experiencing what they can within the boundaries of a hospital.

They don’t vomit, they don’t throw up mucus, their coughing always stops when it’s convenient, they’re not underweight.We don’t see any of the various digestive side affects of CF (apart from issues with a G tube) and we don’t see instances in which CF makes our characters look “ugly” or, well, sick.

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