Book Review: Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits is a young adult novella written by Rainbow Rowell. She writes both YA and adult fiction and is the author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Landline. She’s a wrimo too, having written the first draft of Fangirl in 2011’s NaNoWriMo. Sidenote: Rainbow is such a cool name. I thought it was a pseudonym at first, but no, it’s real.

Kindred Spirits is about Elena. Last name unknown. She’s a massive Star Wars fan, who has not seen the prequels. Good on you, Elena’s dad! So when the Force Awakens comes out in theater, she goes to her local cinema four days early to camp out, wearing her Princess Leia shirt. However, everything is not as she expected. Instead of a crowd of wild fans, there are only two other people in line. She also goes through a ton of problems people in similar situations would face. Sleep deprivation, needing the bathroom when there’s no bathrooms around and of course relating to fellow super fans.

The Good

Star Wars!! Who doesn’t like Star Wars?! It’s not a Star Wars story, it’s more of a fangirl story who just happens to be fangirling over Star Wars, but the references are so fun to spot. Leia T Shirts, Poe Dameron cosplays, debating which film is the greatest, prequels sucks, who shot first (I’m on team Han), Yoda quotes, love on the fields of Naboo and of course Empire Strikes Back is the best! If you get what any of that means, you should read this book. Seriously, it’ll only take you about an hour to get through it.

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As a self-proclaimed child of helicopter parents, I must say, Elena’s mom is a bona fide helicopter parent. (But honestly, my parents aren’t that bad.) I laugh at how relatable it was as her mom frets over Elena, driving around the block a few times and asking if she wants to go home.

The Bad

It’s too short! I want more! Tell me there’s a sequel or something feature Elena, Gabe and Troy. Please! Ms Rowell, if you ever read this. Please!!

Others

It’s kind of amazing how much Rainbow Rowell could squeeze into such a short story. We learn about Elena’s parents. We learn about Elena and Gabe’s school life. We even learn a thing or two about Troy’s life. I actually care a little about the characters, despite the short amount time spent with them.

This is my first Rainbow Rowell book. I’m officially excited to jump into more, if it’s anything like Kindred Spirits, I’ll be a happy munchkin. Adding Eleanor and Park to my immediate TBR pile. Which would mean that I’ll probably get to it next month? God there’s so many things to read and so little time to devour them. (UPDATE: if you look at my monthly wrap up, you’ll realize that I wrote this a while ago. And yes, that means I’ve read Eleanor & Park. Review coming soonish.)

The Verdict

You don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to love this story. It’s relatable to anyone who has been a huge fan of anything.

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: Kindred Spirits

    • While Star Wars is a part of the novella, I don’t think it’s necessarily the focal point of the story. It’s more of a story about fans and fandom. Being a Star Wars fan can help enhance the experience, but it’s not necessary. In any case, I hope you’ll enjoy it if you do pick it up.

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