Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

A couple of years back I read Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and loved it. Here was someone who clearly understood what it was like to be a teenage me, obsessing over fandom, intricately plotting fanfiction that I can only look back on and cringe, and generally being a huge nerd. I’ve long-since wanted to read more by Rowell, so when my brother brought home Kindred Spirits on World Book Day and couldn’t stop recommending it, it was a done deal.

Our protagonist here is Elena, who really, really loves Star Wars. So much so that she gets in line for The Force Awakens days in advance – except instead of the celebratory Star Wars camp-out she was expecting, the line is just… two fellow nerds. Somehow, somehow, Rowell uses these few scant pages to create an engaging, relateable protagonist with absent-father issues, character growth, and a fledgling romance, while weaving in washing in Starbucks bathrooms and peeing in cups behind dumpsters. It’s wonderful. It’s witty and warm and all-round feel-good, and I can’t wait to read more by Rowell.

[Read from 6-8 Mar 2016]

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