contemporary · review · young adult

Kindred Spirits – Rainbow Rowell

“However Elena changed or grew, Star Wars seemed to be there for her in a new way.”

 

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“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 the last in a line of only three people, to have to pee into a collectable Star Wars cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.”

World Book Day was on 3rd March this year and saw Rainbow Rowell as one of the contributors to the teen category. When I was a child, World Book Day was like Christmas to me and now that I am in my twenties, I still make at least one purchase from the choices each year. Also, Rainbow Rowell’s writing just makes me all warm and happy inside, even if it is short.

Kindred Spirits follows Elena who is a Star Wars fan and decides to join a long line of people camping on the street in the final days leading up to the Midnight screening. She has her tickets, she has her sleeping bag, and she is prepared. What she isn’t prepared for is that only two people are in line: a bearded man named Troy who has been to nearly every Star Wats opening, and Gabe who is closer to her age and doesn’t talk much. It certainly challenges Elena’s expectations as it’s her firs time camping out for something she loves.

Troy tells stories about his adventures at various Star Wars events while Elena tries to keep hidden the fact that she has only seen the original trilogy, not the prequels.

The great thing about this short story is that you don’t have to like or have even seen Star Wars to enjoy this creation because it’s about so much more than Star Wars. It’s about loving something so much you’re willing to queue for hours for it; whether it’s camping out to be at the barrier at the show of your favourite band, or queuing outside a bookstore, to be at the front for the signing of your favourite author. It’s about the feeling of anticipation.

It’s about the memories you make – no matter how disgusting and unmentionable they may be – and the friendships you gain in the process. It’s an idea that I think everyone can relate to which is what makes this so wonderful to read.
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