Kindred Spirits: World Book Day Edition 2016 Paperback – 25 February 2016
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- ASIN : 1509820833
- Publisher : Macmillan Children's Books (25 February 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781509820832
- ISBN-13 : 978-1509820832
- Reading age : 12 - 16 years
- Item Weight : 57 g
- Dimensions : 11.2 x 0.3 x 17.8 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
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#120,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #14,045 in Children's Literature & Fiction (Books)
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Star Wars- Why can't I give it more than 5 stars??
Seriously. Do you want something to keep you hooked up while you are taking the road ( perhaps not if you drive yourself ? Then this should be your first choice.
Conclusion- Rainbow Rowell is beyond my opinion.
Now stop reading this. Isn't this enough to convince you reading it.
(And I received it in the best possible conditions. We love you, amazon!!!!!!!).
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU.
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A few notes about this kindle publication - there are about half a dozen typos and grammatical errors that made me think the book was a little rushed. Amazon's description claims the book is 96 pages long but it's only 63 pages long - the rest of the pages are a sample for another book I definitely won't be buying. I'm also confused about why the sticker on the cover says "for older readers" as I could really see nothing shocking or questionable about the content. It's pretty tame. (And that's no bad thing.)
Overall, it's essentially a big short story and it will take you under an hour to read. It's not got the scale or grandeur of Carry On or the emotional range of Attachments but, as long as you know what you're getting, it's well worth your £1. (or 95p on Kindle!)
Following World Book Day tradition, this book is very very short. It's 62 pages, so if you were expecting a Fangirl size book, then you're going to be disappointed. It didn't even take me an hour to finish this book but I loved every single second of it.
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 collectable Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.
This book is both cute, hilarious and real. I totally related to the character of Elena since I am also a huge Star Wars fan.
The concept of the book was really good. I love the idea of a massive fan queuing outside a venue for days on end just so they can get good seats. I would love to do this myself as the longest I've queued was when my best friend and I went to a concert and went four hours before the doors opened so that we could get a good view. We were fifth in line. So I can relate to Elena on that front also.
"How could you possibly have a dark secret involving the Star Wars prequels? Are you responsible for Jar Jar Binks?"
- Rainbow Rowell, Kindred Spirits
I also loved the argument that Rowell portrays through this book of geeks vs fake geeks (fake geeks being people who pretend to like 'geeky' things because they think it will make them 'cool'). In no way am I agreeing or disagreeing with the argument that is conveyed to the readers, but I found it very interesting.
The ending too was absolutely amazing. It's probably one of the best endings I've read in a long time!
The only part of this book that I didn't get is that Elena is described as quiet, a person who finds it difficult to talk to other people but throughout this 62-page story, I didn't see any of that. I saw a girl who was confident to talk to a complete stranger and pee in a cup whilst he was standing a few feet away.
If you're looking for a quick and easy read that is lighthearted and funny then this is the book for you. Even if you're not a Star Wars fan - read this book!
Rainbow Rowell has done it again - another amazing story!
Yes, the above synopsis makes this little mini-story sound cheesy and sentimental and whilst it's not, it kind of is at the same time. Rainbow Rowell has done it again - this time in mini form and unsurprisingly, I loved it. Every character in the book was lovable and relatable (I LOVED Elena's mum) and the story was intriguing, heart-warming, funny at times and just generally lovely. Highly recommend reading this little book.
This was such a cute short story. I loved it, and I definitely related to it. When I was a teenager I used to wait in lines like this all the time. For films, concert tickets, everything. The characters were good, the Star Wars element I loved, and I just wanted to read more about the people in this. There's not a lot to say about this, because it's only 96 pages long, but what I can say is I loved it. And, as all Rainbow Rowell books seem to do, it put a big smile on my face.
Rainbow Rowell is one of my favourite authors, and I seize every opportunity to shower her with praise, with the aim of indoctrinating you all into acquiring her novels. (Slowly but surely.) (I'm not evil, I just want to spread the love.)
Thus, despite Kindred Spirits only being a short story, I felt the urge to review it.
Frankly, I was very much in the correct mood for this story. I felt myself being imperceptibly tugged into the grips of a reading slump, and Kindred Spirits managed to throw me miles away from one like an ejector seat. This novel was light-hearted but meaningful, sweet yet hilarious, and I loved it.
Obviously, though, I could have done with more. I could have read a whole book based on this concept. However, I knew what I was going into, and so I was content with the entirety of the story, feeling as though I was abandoned with just the right amount of questions, just the right amount of theories that make a novel good.
My English teacher stresses that subtlety is key to engaging writing. You shouldn't tell the reader that this happened, then this, then this, then this. You should imply things, or just hint at them, so as to ensure the reader stays on his/her toes throughout, and is eager to discover the fate of the characters.
Rowell has a similar technique, and I love it. I love the fluid and seamless transitions between time and location, and I love the characters she builds. The few characters mentioned were easily recognisable, and went through beautiful developments in just a few days.
It's wonderful how Rowell has worked with such a sort time-frame - as well as a short word count - to develop such a meaningful and complete novel. Personally, I believe the development of a character over just a few days is a fantastic entity to peruse.
Thus, I awarded Kindred Spirits 5/5 stars - how could it earn anything less? Rainbow Rowell is literary goddess who I would follow to the ends of the Earth. That's a little extreme. (But not false.)
So, if you enjoyed any other novel by Rainbow Rowell, or you are a simultaneous consumer of both Star Wars, and YA fiction, I encourage you to pick up this short story - you won't regret it!