by Rainbow Rowell
Source: Free from Bookalicious
Paperback: 62 pages
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books (March 2016)
Adelaine Pek’s ratings: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / 5 hearts
‘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.
If I have to choose one word to describe this — very — short story, this is the word I would use. It was the perfect Sunday morning light read, where you are still dressed in your PJs, with a cup of tea or coffee in hand.
Note: This will be a very short review as it is only 62 pages long; how long-winded can I be?
Bear in mind that I am not a fan of romance or chick-lit novels so when I decided to — finally — read this one, I was on the fence about it. But once I was done with it, I was wishing that it was longer. It was not meant to be a full-length novel, but I do feel like it could easily have been one.
The humor, the honesty, and the love that the author captures in this story is exceptional. This book has me smiling and sighing — happily, of course. I adored the theme of fandom and being a fangirl myself, I automatically connected to the main character Elena. And you do not need to love Star Wars to love this (so sue me for not being a fan of this popular franchise).
I loved Elena. She is Vietnamese — first time reading a character of a Vietnamese descent! — has a witty and admirable headstrong personality. And the ending? Oh gosh I LOVED IT. I laughed so hard reading the ending and what I felt was the best conclusion to such a short story.
Though I must say the ‘for older readers’ at the front was a little misleading; I was expecting something crude or R-rated to appear but neither of these elements did. I was a little confused and wondered what is the author’s definition of mature content.
I have never read any books by Rainbow Rowell but after this satisfying experience, I will definitely be checking out her ELEANOR & PARK, FANGIRL and CARRY ON, three of them I have heard very good things about. I would recommend you to pick up this book if you are a fan of this author or if you are looking for something short to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.