Kindred Spirits was released in celebration of World Book Day, which I honestly had never heard of, where every year there are a few authors who write a short story that’s being sold in order to promote this day and reading in general.
I quickly want to thank Kat from Life and Other Disasters, since I won a copy of this book as part of her 3 years of blogging giveaway.
My first thoughts were: “A story about being a fan of Star Wars? I’m in.”
I hadn’t yet read a contemporary novel or even a YA one, so this one was a first in both cases. With this being a short story, you can’t really expect it to have a grand story that has a lot of elements to it. Still, Rainbow Rowell delivers a fun story that keeps you interested while not requiring a lot of thought. It’s a story that could have just as easily happen to me in real life, which made it very enjoying to read.
You can clearly notice Rowell’s research into Star Wars, or she’s just a big fan, because she’s referencing a lot of specific things. I sometimes had no clue as to what some of the things referred to or who the mentioned characters are and I even recently watched all of the movies. Though it’s not really necessary to have a basic understanding of Star Wars to enjoy this book, but it’s even more fun when you do.
What’s so great about this story are the characters. They’re all so relatable. Especially the main character Elena, who is like most of us fans. She’s super excited about the new Star Wars movie and wants to share that excitement with others. That could have easily been a description of yours truly. The same thing with Gabe. He’s a more calm guy who doesn’t really wants a lot of attention. Finally there’s Troy who is basically around to explain the concept of the story and to delight us with some fun dialogues.
The fact that this is set almost entirely outside a movie theatre is very fitting to the story. It’s not a very special setting, but that’s not necessary. It’s more the underlying meaning behind it that matters. The line they’re in is important to the story and connects these characters. It’s very easy to imagine what it would look like to wait outside of a movie theatre, which enhances the reading experience.
It’s written in a very easy and fluent style. I finished this in even less time than the small amount I already thought it would take me. It has given me a reason to perhaps read more of Rowell’s books and contemporary novels in general.
This review was a short one just like the book itself. With only 62 pages you can only say so much and I just returned from my vacation this morning, which also has something to o with it. That aside, I really enjoyed reading this and it sparked my interest to read more books like this one.
Also be sure to go check out this interview on It’s Jerrod where I talk about my blogging experience.
I’ll see you later!