Challenge criteria: A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet
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 collectable 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 an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.
What I liked:
I have never seen Star Wars (I know, shoot me now) so I thought I’d be lost in a sea of references and inside gags that I’d never get, or have to ask my little brother and cousin to explain. Luckily, this book isn’t all about Star Wars, but more so what fans are willing to do for their art. That was definitely something I could connect with.
Also the ending is hilarious (and maybe a little inevitable.)
What I didn’t like:
I really wish this book was longer. I know it was aimed to be a novella but I would adore a longer version of this.
Out of five:
Four. A fantastic novella that will speak to the fangirl in all of us.