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Reese is a programmer and tech geek who was confined to a wheelchair at a young age. Since then she has locked herself away from the outside in her virtual world. Until that is, a chance meeting with an ex-punk rocker girl, Sarah, who teaches her that her world is not defined in five feet or less and the possibilities are endless.


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Reese is a programmer and tech geek who was confined to a wheelchair at a young age. Since then she has locked herself away from the outside in her virtual world. Until that is, a chance meeting with an ex-punk rocker girl, Sarah, who teaches her that her world is not defined in five feet or less and the possibilities are endless.

30 review for Five Feet or Less

  1. 4 out of 5

    Luce

    4 Stars This is the first Erik Schubach book that I've read. He has so many, and some sound so cheesy I wasn't interested. However, I saw this one, sounded interesting with good reviews so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I started off with this one. Reese is a paraplegic programmer who isolates herself in an apartment that she shares with 2 roommates, Gwen & Marcie. Reese only ventures out for groceries and an occasional coffee. One evening one of her clients calls desperate for Reese's help. 4 Stars This is the first Erik Schubach book that I've read. He has so many, and some sound so cheesy I wasn't interested. However, I saw this one, sounded interesting with good reviews so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I started off with this one. Reese is a paraplegic programmer who isolates herself in an apartment that she shares with 2 roommates, Gwen & Marcie. Reese only ventures out for groceries and an occasional coffee. One evening one of her clients calls desperate for Reese's help. The Ballyhoo Lesbian Club's wifi is down on a busy Friday night. They need wifi for the wait staff's iPads and credit charges. At the bar she literally rolls into a punk rocker type, Sarah. From here we travel with Reese as she navigates a I friendship with Sarah. Sarah whom from the beginning treated Reese no differently than an able bodied person. I have mobility issues though not close to Reese's. However, I can relate to some of her struggles and obstacles- such as stairs and shelves out of reach. I really liked Reese and Sarah. Reese's relationship with her roommates is complicated and I didn't totally buy into drama and angst that is inevitable before HEA. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this easy and quick read. So much that I'm planning to read a few books in this series that are prior to this one. Although it is not necessary to read earlier books, I'm curious about some of the character's stories that are only mentioned in this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Farah

    First thought, was this supposed to be a retelling of Cinderella and her two stepsisters? Five Feet Or Less taught me some important lessons on paraplegic, especially in respecting their personal space. Thank you, author for the detailed information on how Reese, the heroine - a wheelchair user carried out task such as showering, shopping, and driving.. Reese was a complete package. Fiercely independent, possessed a heart of gold, gamer, tech whiz, sweet as tea but she wasn't flawless. The physi First thought, was this supposed to be a retelling of Cinderella and her two stepsisters? Five Feet Or Less taught me some important lessons on paraplegic, especially in respecting their personal space. Thank you, author for the detailed information on how Reese, the heroine - a wheelchair user carried out task such as showering, shopping, and driving.. Reese was a complete package. Fiercely independent, possessed a heart of gold, gamer, tech whiz, sweet as tea but she wasn't flawless. The physical injury was just a fraction of her problems. Thankfully, nothing was instantly fixed when Sarah joined the story. She did play a part in helping Reese see the brighter side of life but the problems faced by Reese and her two frenemies were - lack of communication and the absence of therapist, the buzzkills of all relationships. Reese and Sarah had loads of page time. Exploring Seattle where the story took place was one of their favorite activity - as a fan of Sleepless in Seattle (+ the soundtrack) and Frasier, I enjoyed such scenes. FFOL was not an easy read, Reese's backstory was a bitter pill to swallow, the reverse psychology practiced by her frenemies was too extreme for me, the characters' behaviors + immaturities and illogical circumstances made it impossible to fall for this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    T

    this author's books are usually just... meh. . And the characters in this series always seem so juvenile. But this one gets an extra star for its realistic portrayal of a person in a wheelchair and the emotional turmoil and social fear that situation can cause. Eric is good at presenting flawed protagonists with true to life disabilities, I'll grant him that. this author's books are usually just... meh. . And the characters in this series always seem so juvenile. But this one gets an extra star for its realistic portrayal of a person in a wheelchair and the emotional turmoil and social fear that situation can cause. Eric is good at presenting flawed protagonists with true to life disabilities, I'll grant him that.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kexx

    There's something about Erik Schubach's writing that I find clawing - almost childish - "Here is Reece. Reece is a young woman. Reece is in a wheelchair." But I love his stories - they are really good. Join him up with a Jae or Radclyffe and we'd be away in the stars. (If that's even a thing.) There's something about Erik Schubach's writing that I find clawing - almost childish - "Here is Reece. Reece is a young woman. Reece is in a wheelchair." But I love his stories - they are really good. Join him up with a Jae or Radclyffe and we'd be away in the stars. (If that's even a thing.)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cloak88

    Interesting subject, decent execution. Reese is tech savvy shutin, shy, angry and perhaps a bit lonely. Reese however is also bound to a wheelchair at an early age. The later aspect reinforcing the former and vice versa. That is until she meets Sarah, who slowly brings her out into the bigger world. This one, surprised me. The subject is a gripping one. I don't often read books about people with disabilities, but this one was definitely an eye opener. The story itself is solid and multifaceted, bu Interesting subject, decent execution. Reese is tech savvy shutin, shy, angry and perhaps a bit lonely. Reese however is also bound to a wheelchair at an early age. The later aspect reinforcing the former and vice versa. That is until she meets Sarah, who slowly brings her out into the bigger world. This one, surprised me. The subject is a gripping one. I don't often read books about people with disabilities, but this one was definitely an eye opener. The story itself is solid and multifaceted, but a with a few (in my opinion negligible) flaws. There are the usual beats of the genre, and some of the characterisation could have been a bit tighter. But in all this was a very enjoyable (and thought provoking) read. (Add one star in spirit for the subject matter)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Reaves

    Being this is book six in the Music of the soul series I am going to have to get the rest. This the first pure romance book that I have read by Mr. Schubach. It funny, cute, sad, and anger inducing all at once. I really like the relationship between the Reese and Sarah and how it took time. The "meet-cute" was something I could see happening in real life. The guilt in the story made the tone a bit melancholy at times and even brought a slight tear to my eye. Once again a sterling job by Hollie J Being this is book six in the Music of the soul series I am going to have to get the rest. This the first pure romance book that I have read by Mr. Schubach. It funny, cute, sad, and anger inducing all at once. I really like the relationship between the Reese and Sarah and how it took time. The "meet-cute" was something I could see happening in real life. The guilt in the story made the tone a bit melancholy at times and even brought a slight tear to my eye. Once again a sterling job by Hollie Jackson.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christy Stewart

    My complaints about the way disability was portrayed in this book would be longer than the book itself

  8. 4 out of 5

    Z

    Love these books couldn't put them down moment picked them up Love these books couldn't put them down moment picked them up

  9. 5 out of 5

    Todd Oliver

    Wow! Erik Schubach's books are always great but this one was so emotional. I wasn't expecting this!!! Five Feet or Less literally had me chocking back tears several times. It's a beautiful story about a girl who loses her parents at a young age and the use of her legs. She grew up in foster care and didn't seem to have any friends after the accident that put her in a wheelchair. She didn't know it, but she always did have two friends looking out for her. As an adult, she rarely left the house so Wow! Erik Schubach's books are always great but this one was so emotional. I wasn't expecting this!!! Five Feet or Less literally had me chocking back tears several times. It's a beautiful story about a girl who loses her parents at a young age and the use of her legs. She grew up in foster care and didn't seem to have any friends after the accident that put her in a wheelchair. She didn't know it, but she always did have two friends looking out for her. As an adult, she rarely left the house so she hardly ever met anyone, so no friends or relationships. She would talk to people through online gaming and through her tech job she did from home. On one of her rare occasions out of the house she bumps into a very rude woman at the coffee shop. Later that day she bumps into the same rude woman in a lesbian bar when she gets called out to fix a wireless issue. After talking with Sarah, the rude girl, they decide to swap info and meet up again. Sarah constantly brings Reese out of her comfort zone and out into the world. Slowly, Reese starts to discover what her two friends knew all along. She's gay. Very beautiful story I highly recommend. Hollie Jackson does an amazing job with the narration!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ch

    [...]even after the tragedy, none of you are broken because he couldn't take away the one important thing...the love." Now this was different. As I continue with the MOTS series, I was seeing a string of patterns in the story, but FFOL proved me wrong, I hope the same goes to the rest. This was beautifully constructed. Five Feet or Less was, in my opinion the darkest and deepest story in the series, yet. The huge revelation at the end surprised me, the drama and intrigue will surely keep anyone's [...]even after the tragedy, none of you are broken because he couldn't take away the one important thing...the love." Now this was different. As I continue with the MOTS series, I was seeing a string of patterns in the story, but FFOL proved me wrong, I hope the same goes to the rest. This was beautifully constructed. Five Feet or Less was, in my opinion the darkest and deepest story in the series, yet. The huge revelation at the end surprised me, the drama and intrigue will surely keep anyone's interest, as to what was really happening. I had so many emotions throughout this series from anger to love to happy tears to heartbreak, and just like the rest I felt all of them in FFOL. I want my own Serafine. Plus! +Cyster and Jane again <3 +Mia Jacobs ;) +I am starting to believe that Mandy is god's gift to mortals. +The Satin Thunder is still causing storms in my heart +Mrs. Z ^o^

  11. 5 out of 5

    Abiesha Abiola Smith

    Five Feet Or More Reese and Sarah’s story whizzed like a novel on wheels but the ride was throughly enjoyable! I enjoyed Gwen and Marcie, too! Would love to read a slower-paced, follow-up to Reese and Sarah’s story, revolving around their lives beyond this novel. All in all, an enjoyable read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Delitealex

    I really enjoyed this book. Loved Reese and Sarah especially when they were getting to know each other. Also liked how they dealt with things when times were rough. The romance was sweet and at times very emotional. Past characters popping up is one of my favorite things in series so I loved seeing Mandy Harris again. I can't wait to read more in this series. I really enjoyed this book. Loved Reese and Sarah especially when they were getting to know each other. Also liked how they dealt with things when times were rough. The romance was sweet and at times very emotional. Past characters popping up is one of my favorite things in series so I loved seeing Mandy Harris again. I can't wait to read more in this series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Loaded with emotion, the story kept flashing me to memories of a friend of mine and how they chose to battle on with a similar loss. Is it for everyone? Probably not. But those who have suffered the pain of the selfish act known as drunk driving may find kindred spirits in this tale and a glimmer of hope as peace finally comes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kat Giraldo

    since im reading all the books in the music of the soul universe one after the other, it's starting to seem that a lot of the characters have similar lines and attitudes, which i don't really like, i'd rather see more of each's personalities show more. overall it's still a pretty good story! since im reading all the books in the music of the soul universe one after the other, it's starting to seem that a lot of the characters have similar lines and attitudes, which i don't really like, i'd rather see more of each's personalities show more. overall it's still a pretty good story!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mazen Alloujami

    Not of my favorites styles, but good

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rashika

    lovely book. cute funny, read nice read:-) i loved the rule that was kept when drunk.

  17. 4 out of 5

    lauraღ

    Meh... There are definitely some good things about this one. Mostly the romance in the first half of the book. Slow moving, really sweet, decently character-oriented. The horse date was so cute! (Horses are terrifying, but undoubtedly lesbian culture.) I didn't fall in love with the characters, but I liked them well enough. But there was also a dazzling amount of bad. The writing was bland, sometimes too much (do we really need to be told 47 times that Reese has a bunch of electronic devices?) and Meh... There are definitely some good things about this one. Mostly the romance in the first half of the book. Slow moving, really sweet, decently character-oriented. The horse date was so cute! (Horses are terrifying, but undoubtedly lesbian culture.) I didn't fall in love with the characters, but I liked them well enough. But there was also a dazzling amount of bad. The writing was bland, sometimes too much (do we really need to be told 47 times that Reese has a bunch of electronic devices?) and sometimes not enough (all those big emotional reveals were so BLAH). And speaking of emotional reveals... the whole reasoning behind Gwen and Marcie's treatment of Reese was so silly. It didn't hold together, not one bit. And narratively it was all over the place. I hated those clumsily-told chapters that just leapt back into the past, the one random chapter from a sudden new POV and the passages and passages of dialogue where characters just TOLD TOLD TOLD everything. No showing! It got boring. And idk... something about the book/the writing felt... plastic? It reminded me of reading A Date With Angel, which was agonisingly bad. Coupled with all the inconsistencies and bits that just plain didn't make sense... I couldn't enjoy it much. Also I never want to hear the word 'sprite' ever again. That wasn't endearing, it was weird. But the romance though! It was very cute. Also: I listened to the audio-book. Hollie Jackson was good, I think her voice for Reese was really well done? And she just had a voice that's good for listening to. I felt like it was missing... something, though. Not a terrible book? But not good either. 2.5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tila Nguyen

    It was ok.... the concept is interesting, but everything seemed so rushed, and the writing I couldn't really get into it. I finished it and may venture to try another book from him, but lowkey I'm like meh. It was ok.... the concept is interesting, but everything seemed so rushed, and the writing I couldn't really get into it. I finished it and may venture to try another book from him, but lowkey I'm like meh.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ed Ray

    I truly enjoy Erik's books. Creats a viewpoint from a hurt soul, long term 'friends', new found love, unidentified strength of self. Great story, touching, heartwarming. I truly enjoy Erik's books. Creats a viewpoint from a hurt soul, long term 'friends', new found love, unidentified strength of self. Great story, touching, heartwarming.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    I listened to this on audiobook. The book kind of has a YA feel to it but with some more mature content thrown in. In that regard it was quite enjoyable and an easy listen, requiring little in the way of concentration. I typically prefer a British narrator but the American accent of Hollie Jackson was clear and fit the character of Reese well. Not having read any other books where disability is portrayed as a result of drink driving, I found the storyline intriguing at first and the book generall I listened to this on audiobook. The book kind of has a YA feel to it but with some more mature content thrown in. In that regard it was quite enjoyable and an easy listen, requiring little in the way of concentration. I typically prefer a British narrator but the American accent of Hollie Jackson was clear and fit the character of Reese well. Not having read any other books where disability is portrayed as a result of drink driving, I found the storyline intriguing at first and the book generally speaking got off to a good start. Some of the characters were were fairly well developed, particularly Reese and Sarah but the plot just didn't develop how I expected or in a believable manner. It's hard to explain...there was just something that didn't add up for me by the end, meaning that overall the story was ok but ultimately underwhelming.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Madmada

    Ok, I have to say Gwen is the most important character here. Without her it's just another romance, 2 people meet each others and go in dates. I think it would've been a better book if it focused more on Gwen (we did see the events from her pov but it wasn't enough). Also I think the time span between the accident and now should've been much shorter, 9 years of pretending is a reach. If the accident happened when Reese was 16 it would've been more plausible imo. Ok, I have to say Gwen is the most important character here. Without her it's just another romance, 2 people meet each others and go in dates. I think it would've been a better book if it focused more on Gwen (we did see the events from her pov but it wasn't enough). Also I think the time span between the accident and now should've been much shorter, 9 years of pretending is a reach. If the accident happened when Reese was 16 it would've been more plausible imo.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This was a decent enough read, some heavy topics covered but I couldn't get away from the feeling that this book was uneven, superficial at some points and deep and dark at others. I did enjoy the fact that the author didn't infantalise Reese and presented her daily life in a matter of fact way, where she was independent and had attitude and definitely didn't want to be pitied. I don't think I'm the target audience and I'll probably not try this author again. This was a decent enough read, some heavy topics covered but I couldn't get away from the feeling that this book was uneven, superficial at some points and deep and dark at others. I did enjoy the fact that the author didn't infantalise Reese and presented her daily life in a matter of fact way, where she was independent and had attitude and definitely didn't want to be pitied. I don't think I'm the target audience and I'll probably not try this author again.

  23. 4 out of 5

    WonderGoon

    Good story. There are many typos in the book, which, sadly, detract from the story. It is, however, a good quick read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    chisholm

    go read

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jevon Gowers

  26. 5 out of 5

    H. Fladger

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

  29. 5 out of 5

    Curtis Sayles

  30. 5 out of 5

    Volk

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