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Review | Kindred Spirits - Rainbow Powell

Title | Kindred Spirits

Author | Rainbow Powell 

Genre | Young Adult 

Publisher | Macmillan 

Pages | 63 

Rating | 4/5 

'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. 

Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.

I adored this short book that was an utter treat to read. 

We meet Elena, who is attending her first ever "line-up" for the latest Star Wars movie. 

Whilst the story is entirely based around waiting in line for the latest Star Wars movie to open what it features is much more than a waiting game. We see friendships form and moments that had me saying-out-loud "OMG This is just the CUTEST story ever!" Which in hindsight now makes me realise that at 28 years old - I'm becoming one of those "oldies" that teens find repulsive and annoying. Oops! 

There were moments where I was laughing-out-loud especially when the cinema finally opened and Elena and her new friends were admitted to "FINALLY" see the movie they'd been waiting for. 

Overall for a really short read (63 pages) it was such an engaging and fun read. It's made me want to continue reading more of Rainbow's work. 

I'm awarding it 4/5 as I just wish the story was longer - but given the context of it being written for World Book Day, I can't complain too much. 

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