{Review} Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Posted July 30, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 6 Comments

{Review} Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Life in Outer Space

by Melissa Keil
Published on February 1st 2013
by Hardie Grant Egmont
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Sam Kinnison is a geek, and he’s totally fine with that. He has his horror movies, his nerdy friends, World of Warcraft – and until Princess Leia turns up in his bedroom, he doesn’t have to worry about girls.

Then Sam meets Camilla. She’s beautiful, friendly and completely irrelevant to his life. Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a life of her own – and she’s decided that he’s going to be part of it.

Sam believes that everything he needs to know he can learn from the movies ... but now it looks like he’s been watching the wrong ones.

4 Stars

So when I asked my friend Mel from YA Midnight Reads for more awesome Aussie YA books, she recommended this author, Melissa Keil. And I checked her out on Goodreads, got this book because it sounded cute and Mel liked it too. And I really, really enjoyed this one a lot.

Life in Outer Space is about Sam. Sam is a geek and he’s totally fine with that. He loves horror movies, wants to be a screenwriter, has his nerdy friends and doesn’t have to worry about girls until Princess Leia suddenly shows up in his bedroom. But then Camilla comes into the picture. Sam knows where Camilla belongs in the hierarchy of high school and it is not anywhere near him. But Camilla doesn’t care about any of that and soon everything changes. Now it seems like Sam has been watching the wrong movies to learn from.

Yes, this book is nerdy and I loved it. It has a ton of references to games and movies and I love that. The writing style was light and breezy, but also touching when it needed to be. I did tear up a few times. Mostly because I could relate to Sam, our main character. I really know how he felt at times in the book because I’ve been where he was. But he’s also an amazing character overall and he grows a lot in this book.

Shoutout for diversity! Yay! I loved Mike, Sam’s gay best friend. I loved how they didn’t make a big deal out of it. I did care for him to. I cared about all of them. They were just so geeky and if they were real, they would be my friends. The romance in this book is very sweet and slow, which it needed to be because, well, Sam is kind of dense when it comes to romance.

Though this book didn’t wow me, I do really recommend it to fans of contemporary. It’s a very sweet, funny, touching story that’s actually kind of a perfect summer read now that I think about it. Read it when you get the chance!



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