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Book Review – Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Kindred SpiritsTitle: Kindred Spirits
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 62
Genre: YA/Contemporary
Published by: Macmillan Children’s Books in 2016
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟.75

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.”

My Thoughts:

If you’re a Star Wars nerd (like me!) you will probably enjoy this wonderfully put-together short story. Although it was only a short length, Rowell still managed to pack a lot into those 60-something pages.

What I liked most about this cute story (excluding all the awesome/hilarious fandom bits 😍) was the intensity of the characterisation that Rowell presented to us. Although it was only a short story, Rowell still managed to create relatable characters with realistic backstories whilst simultaneously still making sure the story stayed light-hearted and fun.

I connected to the fandom elements of the story so much. I’ve grown up with Star Wars and, although I didn’t go as far as camping outside my local cinema 😂, some of Elena’s thoughts resonated quite deeply with me:

“This was a holy day for her – it was a cosmic event. This was her planets lining up.”

It brought up all the amazing memories I had of the excitement I felt when the film was announced, when I saw the very first trailer and then, finally, when I saw the film. Three times. And I’m so glad I read this just after the trailer for Rogue One was released because now I’m feeling all excited all over again! And the DVD for Force Awakens comes out so soon, I can barely contain myself 😁

I also really appreciated the message of the story: that it doesn’t/shouldn’t matter how much you love something because we are all fan people that love the same thing and we should be bonding over that and creating a comfortable, happy community that welcomes anyone and everyone 😊

“Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.”

The dialogue and back-and-forth between the main characters was, as always, clever, witty and just plain hilarious. Particularly the following conversation:

Gabe: “You have friends. You have a clique. You walk down the hall like you own the place.”
Elena: “You seem to have mistaken me for the movie Mean Girls.”

Ah, classic Rowell.

My one niggling complaint would be the fact that the story felt a little rushed. I get that it’s a short story but I can’t help feeling as though some of the issues of the characters were left somewhat unresolved. But, on the other hand, that could also be seen as a good thing. Ish. The story to me felt part of a bigger story that could easily have been turned into a full-length novel.

This story was also somewhat lacking in all the usual charm or, rather, the spark that normally shines through in a Rainbow Rowell novel. I’m not sure what it was but I just didn’t feel that special something that I usually do. That’s just a personal thing for me though, not a real criticism.

So, all in all, a thoroughly enjoyable read that I’d recommend for any Rainbow Rowell fan/Star Wars lover.Stark Reviews Logo