Original Title: Kindred Spirits
Year Published: 2016
Published by: Macmillans Kids UK
Number of Pages: 96
First Sentence: “There were already two people sitting outside the theater when Elena got there, so she wouldn’t be first in line.”
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
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 collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.
This was such a cute story. Since it’s a novella it just swished by, but it was perfect in length and I did sigh happily as I put it down (as per usual with Rowell’s books).
Elena is cute and it was lovely to get to read this book through her eyes. I loved that she was someone you could see yourself in (she is the average fangirl) and I totally understand her love for Star Wars (huge fan over here). I also loved her reaction to some of the events in this novella. Well done Rowell!
I have honestly never understood why people are willing to camp out for things but this was still a cute story and their reasons actually made some sense. I liked that Rowell didn’t make the experience seem all glamorous, instead it was just like you’d expect, cold, dirty and not the overall nicest experience body wise. However, the company and the reward made it worth it (in Elena’s eyes at least).
Do I recommend it?
Yes, this was such an adorable novella.