Mini review// Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell

Midnights is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year’s Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time . . .

Kindred Spirits is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan.

Midnights was previously published as part of the My True Love Gave to Me anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins and Kindred Spirits was previously published as a World Book Day title.

This review contains no spoilers.

I got this book as a present

Trigger warnings// N/A. Please inform me if I have missed something and I will update this section.

This cute little book contains two short stories written by Rainbow Rowell, which were both publicated before, and illustrations made by Simini Blocker. I’ll talk about ‘Midnights’ first, and then about ‘Kindred Spirits’.

Midnights is a story that takes place on multiple New Years Eves, right before and during midnight. Even though it is a short story, it managed to be about quite a few relatable subjects, such as a close friendship, what happens when your friends all go to university, and not being able to eat everything at a party. It was a very lighthearted and lovely story. Cliche and predictable, yes, but a nice read nonetheless.

Kindred Spirits is about Elena who is a Star Wars fan who goes to wait in line in front of the cinema for the next Star Wars movie. As a nerd, it was fun to read about other nerds, especially when they got into discussing who their favourite characters were and why. Though I don’t understand camping outside the cinema for a few days for a movie you already have a ticket for, and I am not a fan of Star Wars myself, I really enjoyed the story. This one was my favourite of the two. Elena was a great character as well, and I kind of wished I got to read more about her.

The illustrations added a nice touch to the story (and I think this book maybe would’ve been too small to print without them?). Almost Midnight is an incredibly quick read, which will leave you with a smile. If you are a fan of Rainbow Rowell’s writing style and/or cute stories that warm your heart, definitely pick this one up!


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