Five Feet Apart, the novel, was written by Rachael Lippincott and published by Simon & Schuster in 2018, and the copyrights are to CBS Films Inc 2018. Rachael wrote the novel based on the original screenplay written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. The film Five Feet Apart was directed by Justin Baldoni in 2019. I have yet to watch the film.
This story is a book of truth and reality for some people living with MS, and an eye opener and an educator for those of us who know little about the disease, and the impact that it has on not only the person living with MS itself, but for all of the loved ones around the person living with MS.
In the book we meet a character called Stella Grant, where she takes us on a journey of her life living with MS, and the trials and tribulations that she endures. We meet her best friends, Mia, Camilla and Poe. Poe is also living with MS, and we see and learn how hard it is for two people both living with MS to be friends, and how untypical their friendship can be.
So, when Stella, already dealing with personal issues, aside from her MS meets a boy in hospital called Will Newman, and starts to fall for him, that also brings along with it, some drama and more challenges for the pair. Will not only has MS, but a disease called Burkholderia cepacia referred to as B. cepacian, which makes their already difficult predicament, even more strenuous.
It is a story of love, loss, sacrifice, grief, of first teenage love and heartbreak, a real page turner. This romantic drama should be watched with some chocolate and a box of tissues.
(c) Grace O’Reilly
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