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?

Genre: Y/A, Fiction

Number of Pages: 288 pages

Date of Publication:  10/01/2019


The authors of this novel are Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. It was publishedby Simon & Schuster Ltd. 

Rating: 4.5 /5


This is such a heart-breaking and heart-warming story. It’s beautifully written, where love and friendship surpass obstacles and illness. It was a rollercoaster read that made me feel, happy, sad, upset, excited and where I was truly drawn into the story. Stella and Will are perfect for each other but both know that they can’t be together due to their Cystic Fibrosis. Family and friends bring support to them both and we learn about how both characters have had a significant loss in their life. There are so many great quotes in the book that made me reflect on various aspects of my own life.

I absolutely love the characters, the writing and how the story is paced. It somehow felt so real and I could feel the characters struggles with their CF so a couple of times I have to remind myself that I was reading a work of fiction. I feel like this is the kind of book that lots of people would love but also a story that a lot of people could find hard to get into. I can only say that I really enjoyed it and appreciated that the writers are trying to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.

I haven’t watched the movie yet as I really wanted to read the book first but I have heard so many great things about it that I will be watching it tonight.

The cover of the book is stunning and it represents the story perfectly with so many of the details being used. This is a book that I will definitely be re-reading.

Availability: The book is available in all good bookshops.

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