Title: Kindred Spirits
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Release Date: February 25, 2016
‘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.
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Rating: 5/5 stars
This book went by way too quickly. I originally thought it would be 94 pages like in its description, but that’s apparently including a preview of Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard. The actual story spanned only 62 pages… But what a great 62 pages that was.
If you’re a massive Star Wars fan and enjoy short, sweet stories, you’ll love this book. Just get it now.
That being said, you don’t need to be a Star Wars fan to really enjoy this story. Sure, there are more than a few references to Star Wars movie titles and characters. However, the general theme throughout this book is about belonging in a fandom, and just generally being a nerd.
For those of you who don’t know anything about Star Wars, don’t fret! For reading Kindred Spirits, you just really need to know that there are currently seven Star Wars movies out. Movies 4, 5, and 6 (1977 – 1983) were the original releases, and movies 1, 2, and 3 (1999 -2005) are considered the “prequels” to the story, even though they were released many years after the original three. Kindred Spirits was released around the peak of the recent Star Wars hype, since a seventh movie was released in December 2015 – Kindred Spirits is set in the time frame of this seventh movie release.
I personally only watched the Star Wars movies at the beginning of this year. I only watched them because of the hype about the new Star Wars movie. I enjoyed the movie series, but I’m not obsessed with the franchise as a lot of people are. My favorite part of watching the series was probably just finally becoming familiar with the characters and story. Understand any Star Wars references before, I did not. Although I’m not a huge fan of Star Wars now, I still loved Kindred Spirits.
Like the book title suggests, the story revolves around being with people who just get you, no matter how “nerdy” your interest may seem. As avid readers and/or book bloggers, I think we could all relate to that. This book just elicited feelings of pure comfort and happiness in me. I’ve found that it can be unfortunately rare to meet people who are passionate about reading and who love to geek out about books. That’s the main reason I joined the book blogging community – I couldn’t be more happy with my decision. 🙂
There’s also a cute romance in the book, albeit it was short-lived. I truly wished this story was extended so that we could see more of that. Even so, the romance was adorable and made the awkward, geeky part of me giggle and feel fuzzy.
As I mentioned in my April Book Haul & Wrap-Up, I won this book in a giveaway hosted by Kat @ Life and Other Disasters! I feel so grateful for winning this, especially because I don’t think I would’ve gotten my hands on it otherwise. This is actually my first Rainbow Rowell read, so I’m really excited to delve into her other books – I’ve heard that they’re also amazing. Fangirl and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell are already waiting for me on my bookshelf.
I would highly recommend this book to just about anyone. If you’ve read this book, let me know what you thought of it!