Five Feet Apart Characters
by Rachael Lippincott

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Five Feet Apart Characters

The main characters in Five Feet Apart are Stella Grant and Will Newman, Meredith Newman and Jeff and Erin Grant, and Dr. Hamid, Nurse Julie, and Nurse Barbara.

  • Stella Grant and Will Newman are teenagers with cystic fibrosis who fall in love during their stays in the same hospital. While Stella is cautious and rule-abiding, Will wants to live life fully rather than adhere to the rigid guidelines necessitated by their diagnosis.
  • Meredith Newman and Jeff and Erin Grant are Will’s and Stella’s respective parents.
  • Dr. Hamid, Nurse Julie, and Nurse Barbara are the medical professionals most involved in Will’s and Stella’s treatment.

Characters

Stella Grant and Will Newman

Rachael Lippincott's Five Feet Apart revolves around two main characters, teenagers Stella Grant and Will Newman. Stella and Will both suffer from cystic fibrosis, a disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Though they are connected to one another by their shared diagnosis, Stella and Will approach their lives very differently. Stella is a cautious, stringent rule-follower, while Will likes to bend the rules, trying to make the best and most of his short life. Stella is also already familiar with loss, as her older sister, Abby, died prior to the events of the novel. Through her relationship with Will, and particularly after the death of her friend Poe Ramirez (a fellow cystic fibrosis patient), Stella begins to change her outlook, adopting some of Will's rebelliousness. Eventually, she undergoes a successful lung transplant, and Will asks that she live her life fully rather than continue to watch his decline. The novel's ending, however, provides a spark of hope that the two will resume their relationship.

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Meredith Newman and Jeff and Erin Grant

As Will and Stella grow closer to one another during their hospital stays, other characters from their personal lives and shared...

(The entire section is 351 words.)