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Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
on March 3rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 62
Format: E-Book

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Reaction Upon Reading: Awwwwwww! Rainbow Rowell is a goddess of storytelling


“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.”


Synopsis:

‘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?’
‘Maybe.’

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.


“Extroverts were nothing if not dependable.”


Likes:

  • Rainbow Rowell + A short story = happy me!
  • I love Star Wars!
    • I didn’t get into it until I was in my early 20s but it is one of the few fandoms I adore! 
    • Harry Potter will always be number one though
  • Rowell has a way of making you feel like your in the line with them, waiting and anticipating the release
    • I felt the cold
    • I felt the frustration with Elena’s mum constantly checking up on them
    • I felt uncomfortable when Gabe was closed off
  • Rowell uses unconventional main characters – which I love
    • The main character is a young Vietnamese girl named Elena
  • The use of social media and showcasing its impact in such a short story
    • Cultural trend of the ‘hightlight reel’
    • Connecting with people in real life instead of being lost in the online world
  • I want to see her Star Wars dance! 
  • Troy
    • I love him! Can he just be my best friend, he is soooooo funny

Dislikes:

  • It was too short!
    • I have run out of books Rowell writes about teens…I need more! 
  • “Are you responsible for Jar Jar Binks”
    • Nooooo I must be the only Star Wars fan who actually likes Jar Jar – this makes me feel like a monster for liking him so much

“People who are jerks don’t get to decide whether they’re jerks. It’s left up to a jury of their peers.”


Overall Feelings:

I love to change up my reading every now and then with a short story. Rainbow Rowell has fast become one of my favourite authors. I thoroughly enjoyed this short story.

I love how this short story is able to touch on the cultural trend of people using social media as a highlight reel. Rowell highlights on the issue of  people feeling the need to share the ins and out of their lives with others on social media. The main character shares posts that makes her life seem better than it actually is using the #thirdinline instead of #lastinline. You see her make a conscious choice to do this.

Rowell also touches on stereotyping. Gabe has misdirected stereotyping about Elena. They both see themselves as nerds but are intimidated by each other. Gabe makes the statement that he is “forced to sit next to the cool girl for four days” yet he only knows her from a distance. It is nice to see how this preconceived idea/stereotype he makes changes over such a short story. Gabe and Elena connected so well together. Gabe was able to see the Elena is not the actions of her friends and Elena was able to see she can’t be a bystander while other people around her do the wrong thing.

I am so impressed with the themes and morals in this short story. I love a quick read with a message!


“If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. This was a holy day for her — it was a cosmic event. This was her planets lining up. (Tatooine, Coruscant, Hoth.)”

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Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Cover
two-stars
Overall: four-stars