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Five Feet Apart

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Ambos son terminales, pero mientras Stella se apega fielmente a su tratamiento para subir en la lista de espera de trasplantes de pulmón, Will ha dejado de luchar. I really liked the characters (the side characters were also great) and even though the ending was corny as all hell, I thought it was a solid read. Reading teaches us things about the world in which we live, that we perhaps have never thought about before. God always chose his favourite flowers to pick first, so he must have picked them cause they have beautiful hearts.

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. 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. 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). And of course resemblances with John Green’s “Fault in our stars” ( they caged me after reading this book and sent me to rehab for ugly criers! La lucha que tiene Will consigo mismo y con la bacteria que le impide ser candidato a un transplante me rompía el corazón.I went into this story completely blind, I recommend doing so because it definitely gives you all the feels not knowing anything until you read it. its one of those books where you walk away, knowing its missing something that could have made the story truly great (maybe because its based on a screenplay and not an original novel? None of our teens seem to experience urgency to urinate, constant thirst, dry mouth, digestive issues, headaches, dizziness, increased chest pain, etc. It also doesn’t mean you’re gonna be thinking about your condition and death 24/7, which is something our characters do ALL. This novel romanticizes and sanitizes CF, turning people’s suffering into inspiration porn and a star-crossed lovers tale of sorts.

Because he used them to cough up his mucus, seal the ickiness and then wipe off his mouth, hands, etc. It doesn't just make it difficult to breath like an asthma attack it actually stops your breathing in many ways. I’ve never met someone else with CF -- never had a cup of coffee, grabbed dinner, or hugged someone who knows how brutal that disease can be.This book is torturous and interesting experience because this is the first time I’m reading something based on screenplay. The author has managed to make us care very much about the fate of all these characters, making the inevitable sadness all the harder to bear. Pensé que el saber que una historia entre dos chicos, dos pacientes terminales, iba a acabar mal me iba a salvar de la avalancha de sentimientos del final. Even though her cystic fibrosis has kept her from doing some of the things she has wanted, Stella has always taken control of her disease, at least as much as she possibly can.

They go through highs of deciding to screw the rules and be together (though maintaining the five feet thing using a pool cue), and experiencing what they can within the boundaries of a hospital. 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. While this adage holds true in many aspects of my life, in this case it applies to my penchant for reading tearjerkers yet being surprised when I'm sobbing (once again on a plane, no less). I know next to nothing about Cystic Fibrosis and it was so interesting to read about these two kids struggling but coping in different ways. Stella the good girl that went through with her regimen and always did what the doctors told her to do, and Will the rebel who didn’t give a damn about his treatments.Stella has cystic fibrosis, which is a progressive disease that causes long lasting lung infections and limits the ability to breathe. Staying six feet apart from others is something that everyone can empathize with at this moment, due to COVID-19, making the story easy to relate to even for those without cystic fibrosis.

Now, it's been several months since I've watched the film, but this movie adaptation was pretty darn spot on from what I remember. I believe it’s urgent to raise awareness about CF and many other chronic illnesses (many of them invisible) countless people live with. Instead Lord addresses the intricacies and messiness of mortality in a genuine and heartwarming way.I didn’t feel any other than Stella and Will were particularly rounded out, but I can appreciate that the focus is on the impossible circumstances.

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