a04873fedfdc13d4f86bf2db1b61b750Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell

Goodreads rating: 4.31

Pages: 144

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Date published: Nov 2nd, 2017 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads // Buy this book: Hardback

Midnights was originally published in My True Love Gave To Me, which I already own, and Kindred Spirits was published as a World Book Day title not too long ago, which I had already read. I know what you’re thinking – why the hell did I buy this book, then? Well, I couldn’t resist the cuteness. I mean look at it… Also, it was on sale for like 40% off on BookDepository, so I had to get it!

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★★★★★ 5/5 stars

This lovely story follows Mags through about four different New Year’s Eves. She is a bit shy, which means she struggles to fit in at the New Year’s parties her friend Alicia throws every year, and also makes it so that she constantly rejects Noel’s (her best friend) requests to dance with him.

“That was a good catch – but I was actually trying to lure you out onto the dance floor.”

“That was a coffee table, Noel.”

“There was room for two, Margaret.”

I related so much to Mags, you have no idea!! A friend of mine throws a New Year’s party every year, and I am always that person that just looks at their phone the whole time, or I start cleaning up or helping with the food and stuff like that. I just am not the type of person to be dancing with everyone at a party, you know? So that really hit home for me, as you can tell haha Another thing that resonated with me was the sort of “unrequited love” that is present in the story, but I won’t go into detail on that part.

“That’s so gross,” Mags said


“No… kissing is fine. What’s gross is using New Year’s Eve as an excuse to kiss someone who might not want to kiss you. Using it as a trick.”

Overall, Midnights is absolutely perfect to read during the holiday season – it literally took me less than an hour to read it, by the way! The characters are very fun and lovable, and the setting is, obviously, very adequate for said season. As for the plot, cliché as it may seem, it is absolutely addicting, and you won’t want to put it down. In fact, I wish we had more than just this short story about Mags and Noel – that happens with everything Rainbow Rowell writes, she always leaves you wanting more!

“I need you to be my person. I need to see you. And hear you. I need you to stay alive. And I need you to stop kissing other people just because they’re standing next to you when the ball drops.”

Rowell’s writing, as always, is fabulous. She truly is one of the best contemporary romance writers, in my humble opinion. Not to mention it was one of her books that got me into reading! ♡

Kindred Spirits

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

This was the first short story I ever read, and I’m so glad I read it!! Sooo cute and funny and heartwarming.

This story follows our main character, Elena, who is a big Star Wars fan. Since a new movie is coming out, she decides to queue outside the theater (4 days prior to the premiere), expecting there to be a huge line of all these cool and fun people dressed in Star Wars costumes. However, when she gets there she finds two other people only. That was it. The whole line.

“Time for a little midday siesta – the Force asleepens”

Throughout the plot, we see how Elena copes with her disappointment in the size of the line, and how she tries to make fun happen with a shy guy, and a crazy (much older) man who is probably more obsessed with Star Wars than anyone she’s ever met.

It really captures how common interests can bring people together, no matter how different they are from one another.

“Are you some sort of Star Wars purist?”

The characters were super funny and witty – and sometimes awkward -, and they kept making nerdy jokes about Star Wars. There isn’t much of a plot, really, but what we see happen during the story is very funny, and the ending – although it’s kind of a cliffhanger – was great.

“I haven’t slept in a week,” Gabe said. “I think you can die of that. I think I’m dead”

It’s the perfect story for when you’re craving something cute and witty, and great if you don’t know what to read. And it’s so short, you can just pick it up and read it in less than an hour. It is, basically, a cute story about nerds, and who could not love that?!?

Note: most of the text in this review is copied from the one I posted on Tumblr, back when I first read the story.

Have you read any of Rainbow Rowell’s books/short stories? Which book is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! ♡

In conclusion, I definitely recommend that you pick up Rainbow Rowell’s short stories – they’re brief, but delicious! I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Almost Midnight and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

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