Five feet apart – A book review

I jumped at the chance to buddy read Five feet apart, because it is not something that has ended up quite well for me historically and I would not pick it up on my own even though it was on my TBR. Go figure!

It has been a while since I read a young adult based in a hospital romance (or sick-lit, if I may). Yes it is supposedly a trope by itself, if you had not known earlier.

Five feet apart plays exactly into the trope of sick lit and does a good job with it. Read on more to know about my thoughts here. Click To Tweet

About the book

Five Feet Apart

Book Name: Five feet apart

Author: Rachael Lippincott

Genre: Fiction – Romance, Young Adult

Characters: Stella and Abby Grant, Will Newman, Poe, Camila, Mya

Setting: The United States of America

The plot

Stella Grant is a high schooler who is at the final stages of Cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disorder that mainly affects the lung. She has been a regular at the hospital for most of her life. She loves lists and being in control is the only way she knows to cope up with her health.

While she has a great support system and friends circle in and around the hospital, she has to avoid putting herself at the risk of infections she would be eligible for lung transplant.

Will Newman is a new CF patient to the hospital and all he wants is to get away from it. He has spent most of his life between clinical trials and staying at various hospitals and is now waiting to turn eighteen so that he can get away from all these restrictions and enjoy life as it should be. 

When they both stumble upon each other, they know they should stay away from each other. But what if they maintained a five feet distance between each other? Would that be so bad forms the rest of Five feet apart.

My initial thoughts

Due to my earlier disappointments with the romances with sick teens, I was skeptical when I started reading Five feet apart and I was mildly surprised that I enjoyed it as much. Though I have a few misgivings about the plot, the easy writing and witty dialogues kept me going. 

I wish books would stop portraying that kids who are suffering some physical ailments do not get to enjoy anything in life and they need to break free of their treatments / medical restrictions to get to be “normal”.

I liked reading about the CF which is a new thing for me, and the story was cutesy as YAs tend to be and am totally looking forward to watching the movie Five feet apart starring Cole Sprouse now.

Things that worked for me

  • Five feet apart plays exactly into the trope of sick lit and does a good job with it.
  • I enjoyed the easy writing style and the witty banter between the characters.

Things that didn’t work for me

  • I didn’t feel related to the characters but it is just me. It did not hinder my reading.
  • As I mentioned earlier, I personally had issues with the trope that encourages patients to break free of the treatment.


Five feet apart is a typical sick lit that does its job in opening up talks about the CF with a positive ending. I would recommend it for all John Green (of course) and Nicoola Yoon fans.

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Let us chat

Have you read this one? Do you enjoy reading books set in hospital and people with physical ailments? Let us talk. 


  1. Books that follow the trope and still make a good read are excellent… I read the The Death and life of Charlie Cloud, and it was really good

  2. Great review!! Like you I have a bit of an issue with stories where the idea of interrupting treatment is encouraged, but that’s just me. I have heard of this book, but I haven’t read it yet. I’m so glad you enjoyed it though. Happy reading!

  3. I read this one last month and it surprised me with how much I liked it as well! I didn’t know anything about CF before reading so I learned a lot and I liked Stella as a character as well. So it was a good read for me!

  4. I lost a friend to CF and for a long time I couldn’t read books about sick kids. I probably won’t read this but I would watch the movie. Thanks for sharing:)

  5. I had no idea sick-lit existed so thanks for letting me know lol
    For this one, I think I’d stick to watching the movie. It sounds interesting, but may not hold my interest for long if I were to read it. Glad you enjoyed it, though!

  6. I am a glutton for punishment and keep wanting to read sick kids books. This one, of course, is on my TBR. My interest was heightened, because we don’t see many books with CF in them.


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