Title: Kindred Spirits
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: Published for World Book Day (3rd March 2016)
Genre: YA short story
‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
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.
Kindred Spirits is a short story/novella (about 90 pages) which was published for this year’s World Book Day. I recently read and reviewed Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which I enjoyed reading, so I thought I’d give this a go seeing as it’s only £1 on Amazon!
I must admit, I’ve never seen Star Wars, so I was unsure whether there would be references throughout the story that I wouldn’t understand. However, the story isn’t so much about Star Wars, it’s more about the idea of die-hard fans and what they do before the new film comes out. The story is placed over four days, as three characters including the main character Elena wait outside the cinema for the midnight showing of The Force Awakens.
One thing I really liked about this book is the amount of background we get to Elena’s character in such a short story. I also liked how accurately fandoms are portrayed, while dealing with issues such as people judging others by their looks (one of the guys in the queue tells Elena that there’s no way she can be a real fan because she seems like a “popular girl with a clique”) and school bullying. The story flows well and the the writing is easy and fun to read – I read the whole book in about half an hour.
The only thing I would say is something that has been picked up by other reviewers too – it’s a shame how short it is! Of course its intent was to be a short story, but it seems that a lot of people want it to be a little longer. There are elements of the story that I really would love to see extended, and Elena’s character seems pretty cool – I’d happily read a whole novel about her.
Overall it’s a great, fun little story that I enjoyed reading, and it’s made me want to read more short stories!
What did you think of Kindred Spirits? Let me know in the comments! Or if you haven’t read it yet, click here to get it for only £1 on Amazon!