Stealing One Foot For A Day

The movie adaptation was released on Mar. 15, 2019 starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse as main characters Stella Grant and Will Newman respectively. Rachael Lippincott is the author of the original novel.

Review: Five Feet Apart

Rarely would you ever meet someone fascinating in the one place where someone never wants to be: the hospital. But in the novel Five Feet Apart, it’s a chance a Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patient will take to break her routine of treatments and medicine.

Stella Grant is used to being in the hospital multiple times to do the treatments in order to keep her alive. She uses social media to stay positive about her lifestyle and educate her viewers about what living with CF feels like. Out of nowhere, she spots a newcomer to the wing, namely Will Newman, who is a part of a medication trial in an attempt to get rid of the B.cepacia in his lungs.

Regarding the book, the entire first chapter instantly hooked me into the story, describing how it would feel to actually breathe clearly while being inspired by the artistic drawing of a pair of lungs by Stella’s late sister. The adaptation also did a great job visualizing her longing to be normal, taking note of the definition above.

Putting the importance of the disorder aside, the concept of love is emphasized, with both Stella and Will trying to bend the rules in order to be normal with each other, even when they try to avoid each other at first. It’s necessary for CF patients to be six feet apart from each other yet in both adaptations, Stella suggests that maybe she can steal away that one foot and see what happens with the two of them. Seeing the story in her eyes, I understand the emotions behind her intentions, that she “has been living for the treatments and not letting her treatments help her live.”

The stream of emotions continued to carry out until the end, where a lesson learned turned out to be that you can love someone so much that it’s enough for you to leave them so that someone doesn’t have to deal with the difficulties you face on a daily basis. Acknowledging that brought me to tears, and it told me that an extraordinary experience won’t really have a chance to repeat itself.

But what happens in fiction has a chance of not happening in real life. No CF patient will be like Stella or Will, so the barriers of affection are extremely limited. Be careful on how you perceive the romantic aspect of both the book and the movie; Even nurses like Barb will tell you to keep the distance between one another. Other than that, I hope you consider reading the book or watching the movie and if you do, that I hope you enjoy the storyline.

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