Following an action packed 48-hours, which included dinner and a trip to watch Mamma Mia the musical (for the 3rd time) with my Mum and her friend; a shopping trip, AirHop experience and lunch with my friend Lucinda; and a coffee and a catch-up with my friend Alice, I was exhausted (and extremely happy!) and decided I needed a quick pick-me-up. I plumped for Rainbow Rowell’s short-story Kindred Spirits for the 2016 Reading Challenge, which is exactly what the doctor ordered!
Title: Kindred Spirits
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Category: #14 A book you can finish in a day
“And the thing about nerd culture being mainstream culture now means that there’s no place to just be a nerd among other nerds – without being reminded that you’re the nerd.”
Kindred Spirits is a short-story for World Book Day 2016, by Rainbow Rowell. The main character, Elena, a high-school girl with a huge passion for Star Wars decides to camp out at the movie theatre for four days for ‘The Force Awakens’. Expecting camaraderie and dozens of fans to connect with, the reality is far removed: only strangers Troy and Gabe are there to share the experience.
Being a short-story, there isn’t a lot of background to the characters, but the plot is one where the reader is immersed in the there-and-now, so it is of little issue. The story is incredibly cute, and the ending is hilarious and romantic in equal measure.
This is a short, quick read, and the friendship and romance that developed between the three main characters is incredibly well developed. I think the thing that I loved the most about this book is putting nerd-culture firmly on the map. I think a lot of YA lovers will connect especially well with this book, even if, like me, Star Wars isn’t their primary fandom – I see myself in Elena, immersed in geek-culture with my love of Potter!
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