Specially written for the 2016 UK World Book Day, Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell is a fascinating story about a Star Wars fanatic, Elena. Eager to watch the latest Star Wars movie installment, she decided to line up four days ahead of the release date outside her local cinema despite her mom’s qualms about it.
Expecting a crowd outside whom she looks forward to mingle with, the teenager was astounded to find herself only the third in line. What follows is a cute story about how she formed an unlikely friendship with the two people, Gabe and Troy, in front of her. How they handled the remaining days before the showing date from peeing on Star Wars cup, how she makes it always appear that she enjoys being in the line whenever her mom hovers around the cinema despite the uncooperative weather, filling their idle time with their Star Wars stories and eventually to Elena even finding comfort in her own Luke Skywalker.
I, myself, has not watched any of Star Wars movie (sorry) but that did not became an issue for me not to enjoy the book. You don’t need to love the fandom to love this. This is an engaging story that kept me wanting for more. I can’t help but think about what might have happened next. Oh please Rainbow Rowell, tell me this is just a sneak peek to a full-length novel that you are writing.
This is the only second book that I read from Rainbow Rowell, the first being Eleanor and Park which I also enjoyed. This book made me want to read more of her works. I find her characters to very easy to connect to and how real she presents them. The pages are filled with honesty and a lot of times humor. This is a very short book but I became totally invested to. It is short but subtle, short but smooth and short but complete. Let’s just call it magical writing on Rainbow’s part.
This light-hearted and meaningful book talks about judging people without entirely knowing them. It also talks about what it is to be in a fandom, the passion and the struggle. This is a good introduction to readers who want to introduce themselves to the YA fiction genre. I recommend it to everyone.
An easy 5 stars out of 5.
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Format: Kindle Edition, World Book Day Edition
Part of a Series: No
Release Year: February 2016
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
No. of Pages: 62 pages
About the Author
Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.
When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.
She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons. (Photo and About the Author text courtesy of Goodreads)