5 Feet Apart follows Stella and Will, two teenagers that have CF and are undergoing experimental treatments. In this book they fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives.
I really wanted to like this. I saw the movie and it was okay. But, I was turned on to the book by everyone telling me that if I liked The Fault in our Stars than I would LOVE this book. Well, I’m here to tell you that I did not. I fucking hated this book… As usual I listed to it on audible while I was working to make my morning go by quicker, and it achieved the task of making the first few hours of my shift drag by every day until I finally finished this slogfest. I found it difficult to pinpoint why I hated it so much, so I’ve been sitting on this review for quite a while now. Well, I realized this morning that it’s because it attempts to emotionally manipulate you, but falls short, making it feel emotionally empty. On top of that it is the cheesiest romance I have ever read. Now before you say, “Well Bailey, you just don’t seem like a romance kind of guy.” Than you clearly don’t know me because I am a sucker for romance, man. I love that feel-good shit! I just like well written romance with a believable couple and chemistry. Admittedly, chemistry is hard to convey in books, with the written word. But, I would like to counter that by saying if you cant do it, DON’T.
A few people I have talked to that are familiar with CF and this book say it’s a pretty good representation of life with the disease. So that’s very good. I also think the concept of loving someone you can’t get near is also very good, and if there are other books or movies with that concept, please let me know. I only wish that concept wasn’t wasted on this.
(For the record I do not ENJOY giving books bad reviews. I don’t mind it on movies because it is a massive team effort and no ones feelings will get hurt. Books however are a brain-child that someone poured themself into. Rachael Lippincott is the author and I respect almost anyone that is able to write a book.)