Short Story Review: Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

She’d made it. She’d camped out. And she hadn’t given up. And now it was here. Now it was starting.

Rowell’s Kindred Spirits was released for world book day this month. It’s a short read just under 60 pages, with an extract from Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard.

photo (17)Kindred Spirits is about eighteen year old Elena, a massive Stars Wars fan. Despite the concerns of her mum, Elena camps outside a cinema for four days waiting for the release of a new Star Wars movie. In the course of the four days she meets and befriends two other people.

This short story was a nice read. Once again, Rowell’s dialogue is natural and gives insight into the personality of her characters. Elena is a likeable character and her determination to do something exciting, e.g. camp for Star Wars, will resonate with diehard fans of books/films that are important to them.  Troy and Gabe were great characters as well, and Elena’s mum made me laugh a couple of times. Interestingly, for a short story Rowell managed to include some character development- Gabe goes from being a quiet bookworm to somewhat more talkative and relaxed.

One thing that I like about Rowell, and it’s not just in this book, is the diversity of her characters. She actually acknowledges the fact that the world is made up of people from different ethnicities.

My one critique: I wish it was longer. I would like to see what happens next for Elena.

I would recommend this book if you like books by Rainbow Rowell or lighthearted and funny short stories about friendship.

Rating: 3 out of 4

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