Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
“How long will I live my life afraid of what-ifs?”
Five Feet Apart is a YA romance belonging in the same category of Fault in Our Stars, Everything Everything, Me Before You and all those ill fated romances we hate to love. However, Five Feet Apart has been the only one that hasn't made me feel enough to cry. Don't get me wrong, this book is sad, its filled with grief and an impossible romance. It is a book that I am glad was made, however as the writing and plot goes it didn't take me anywhere I hadn't been.
I decided to read this book because of the movie that is coming out, it is important to note that this book is actually an adaptation of the screenplay. Hence, maybe if the book would have come first it probably would have had a little more oomph in its story and plot and maybe even a better characterization.
Five Feet Apart narrates the CF (cystic fibrosis) journey of our protagonists Will and Stella. Stella spends her days in the hospital trying to get better for new lunges, while Will is also a CF patient however he has B. Cepacia meaning that he will never get new lungs because his CF is the worst one. He is in the hospital for some trial medicine that could improve his condition. CF patients are not allowed to be within 6 feet of each other because the bacteria each one has can interfere with one another and cause the sickness to deteriorate.
Stella is our goodie two shoes girl, she follows her treatments to the t, scared that if her day comes her parents are not going to make it out okay. Will however has given up on trying, that is until he meets Stella. They both are attracted to each other right away, but their sickness doesn't allow for them to touch or be close to each other. That doesn't stop them from falling in love. They both begin this dangerous game of staying five feet apart from each other not realizing the harm they are doing to each other.
The story is very sweet and I honestly cannot wait for the movie. However, as a story that could have had so many layers for me it didn't. It lacked emotion (even though the topic is highly emotional). It also felt a little rushed which could be the result of being an adaptation from the screenplay and not the other way around.
“I’m not going far. I’ll always be here. Just an inch away. I promise.”
This story must be told however, and I am happy it was made in order to create continuousness about this condition (As many people are not aware of what it is or means ).
--- 3 stars ---