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Five Feet Apart

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So, yeah, it seems CF is finally getting the treatment as an illness to be exploited for feel-good media that cancer has been enduring since the 70s and Segal’s Love Story. Except, of course, at the ending of the book, but I really can’t blame Stella and Will for their actions.

HOWEVER, the only character of colour (who is also the only gay character) dies and this seems to be the catalyst for the mc to realise she wants to live her life to the fullest (or essentially throw her whole fucking life away coz she's horny), which was not cool. I know Claire Wineland was a great help in the making of this story and I know many CFers are grateful for the representation in media. It is easy to read, laid out in alternating chapters – changing between Stella’s point of view and Will’s. So while I didn't like a number of things (see list below); I cannot deny that Five Feet Apart is well written and has good characterization. CFers can pass their bacteria to each other and it is immensely risky for CFers to spend as much time together as Stella and Will do, even if they abide by the 6 foot away rule (the fact that Stella tries to make it 5 foot is even more stupid).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. Both of their situations and feelings towards each other rang true and I loved how I learned so much more about Cystic Fibrosis. Will has one (1) hobby non-CF related, which is drawing (and he ends up using it to ponder on his illness), but his whole character arc and his whole personality all refer back to his illness. For me, one of the hardest parts of living with CF is the fear -- knowing what’s possible, that my life will most likely be shortened, that one cold or bad bacteria could change everything -- makes me feel like I need to be hyper vigilant about my health.

Leer una historia de amor entre dos personas que, literalmente, no pueden tocarse porque sus vidas corren peligro es de lo más duro que he hecho últimamente. While on one hand I appreciate that Lippincott wrote a book about CF and helped CF gain some recent exposure; I just can't say this is a 'good' representation of what CF is like for those that live it each and every day. Y qué decir de Stella cuando por fin se da cuenta de que la vida es algo más que seguir un cronograma de medicinas y terapias y que, a pesar de todo, puede permitirse sentir, temer, llorar, amar.Stella and Will both have Cystic Fibrosis, Will has also recently contracted B Cepacia, which means his lungs are even more delicate than others; and he can easily pass this bacteria to other patients.

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