Kindred Spirits is a short story written by Rainbow Rowell and published on World Book Day earlier in March.
Genre: YA, Contemporary
The new Star Wars is about to be released and Elena decides to wait in line in front of the cinema with other fans for a few days. Except when she arrives, there are only two people waiting in line, Troy, who has already waited in line for all the previous Star Wars movies, and Gabe, who seems to be around Elena’s age, but doesn’t really seem to be keen on talking to her. And that’s all. However, Elena doesn’t give up, and decides to sleep on the spot, as she had planned (even if her mother keeps driving by and insisting she comes home). And Elena is weirdly having a great time, even if things don’t go exactly as planned (especially when she needs to pee in the middle of the second night!)
This book was adorable. I would recommend it to pretty much anyone who is part of a fandom, even if it’s not Star Wars (I think it’s time I admit I’ve never seen any of the Star Wars movies… I know, shame on me). It reminded me of the line I did to wait for Sum 41 earlier this year (we arrived at 11am, the concert was at 7pm, and they were playing the third part) or the time I waited like 4 hours for John Green, and that time earlier this year when I waited in line for James Dashner and I thought I’d never get to see him. Yes, this is not as spectacular as what Elena did, but there is still the spirit of the line and it is amazing.
Anyway, back to the book. The three main characters are all very different and yet endearing in their own way. Really, if you’re a fangirl/fanboy you can’t not like this book. It has its little ups and down and undying love for Star Wars. A bond is created between the characters, and they just feel so human, it’s perfect…
My only regret is that it was a short story, I would have loved to read more of Elena and Gabe!