This may seem incredibly weird but I up until recently, I had always imagined Rainbow Rowell to be a man. It was only when I followed Rowell’s account on Instagram that I realized that this ‘he’ was actually a ‘she’. I also didn’t know that her most famous book to date, Fangirl (which has been languishing on my to-buy list for ages), was a love story. Sad, I know.
I usually have the tendency to buy from bookstores when I am in two moods: too happy or too upset. Any in-between mood takes me to Amazon. It was when I was in my too-happy zone that I chanced upon Kindred Spirits, sitting there innocently with its slim figure as if it had its appendix removed (sorry, book joke!), and asking me to pick it up.
And so I did.
The title, Kindred Spirits, is so common, yet so intriguing. The book could be set anywhere: a war, a village, a city as big as New York City. Anywhere. But then, the blurb, which is as intriguing as the title, will raise your eyebrows without needing your help. Here’s what it says:
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 cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.
Star Wars! There’s Star Wars in the book! Why am I so excited about the blurb? Because I finished watching all the big Star Wars movies only recently and now, I’d like to think that I am officially part of the fandom. And what better to start on Rainbow Rowell’s bibliography than one which propagates Star Wars madness? [Yes, Kindred Spirits is my first Rainbow Rowell.]
Fans of Star Wars will want to forget the prequel trilogy altogether. I am new to the fandom and even I know it. Elena’s Dad is a big hater of the prequels and tells her (not in as many words but something similar). “They’ll just corrupt your love of Star Wars,” he said. “I wish I could unsee them.” What can I say except that he is not wrong? I found The Phantom Menace agreeable, but after that, the ship sank, the iceberg being Hayden Christensen.
There is an abundance of everything related to Star Wars. Puns, discussions, and even bonding. Everything happens under the Star Wars sun. The Force ACAKEens. The Force Asleepens. I almost split my sides laughing at these unexpected puns. And when Starbucks made repeated appearances, a potent, venti combination with the Wars, it was all I could do to not sigh and swoon over the story.
In the end – which has one of the most hilarious, anticlimactic ends for stories like this – I could only say that this is a cute little Star Wars story. And ‘cute’ is not a word that I would usually associate with Star Wars. 😉
Lesson: People who are jerks don’t get to decide whether they are jerks. It’s left up to a jury of their peers. So listen and try not to get called one. 😛
I’m lopping off 1 star because I want the book to be longer. I want more of it. But unfortunately, I cannot have it, so the book cannot have its full 5, too. 😛
Rating: 4/5 stars
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P.S. My chronology of reviews of the movies (as explained in my review of the original trilogy) looks something like this, based on timeline:
- Star Wars – The Original Trilogy (1977-1983) – Because it all started from there.
- Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens – Because it is the chronological sequel to the original trilogy.
- Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi – Because it is the sequel to episode 7.
- Star Wars – The Prequel Trilogy (1999-2005) – It is here that the series jumps back before the events of A New Hope.
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – (This post) Because it is the chronological sequel to the prequel trilogy.