Life in Outer Space

Life in Outer Space

Book - 2013
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A YA romantic comedy about a movie geek and the dream girl he refuses to fall in love with. 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, worry about girls he won't. Then Camilla Carter arrives on the scene. She's beautiful, friendly and completely irrelevant to his plan. Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a plan of her own - and he seems to be a part of it! Sam believes that everything he needs to know he can learn from the movies. But perhaps he's been watching the wrong ones. LIFE IN OUTER SPACE is Melissa Keil's brilliantly sweet and funny YA debut. It's also the first book to be signed up through the Ampersand Project, Hardie Grant Egmont's initiative for emerging YA writers.
Publisher: Richmond, Vic. : Hardie Grant Egmont, 2013.
ISBN: 9781742973951
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 21 cm.


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Sep 24, 2017

Yeah, the story is predictable. Yeah, there may be no central conflict. But I have an unfair positive bias towards this book. I read it while I was grounded. And the whole thing was very happy, so it was exactly what I needed at the time. God bless this book.

Mar 05, 2017

Life in Outer Space' is one of my all-time favourite books! Imagine a John Green novel meets a Stephanie Perkins novel; this would be their love child.
I started this book thinking it was going to be a quick, light read; what ended up happening was me staying up late to re-read the book for THE FIFTH TIME IN A ROW. I AM OBSSESSED.
When Camilla Carter shows up at sixteen-year-old, movie-fanatic Sam Kinnison's high school, she presses play on Sammy's life and sends him into a whirlwind of adventures.
This book will make you fall in love with the characters, and make you wish you had a Sammy (or Camilla) of your own.
- @BookwormTAH of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 23, 2016


First, best YA read of 2016!

And yes, I'm talking in exclamation points! (much to Sam's dismay)

Aug 08, 2016

Maybe it's good. But this was one of the few books where I could not get past page 3. The first three pages stunk of cliches and stereotypes, and I was disgusted by the whole opening.

JCLAmyF Oct 16, 2013

This book was charming, and not at all annoyingly realistic-high-school-angsty-romance. Just really funny, and really sweet.

Aug 30, 2013

One of the best representations of high school that I've read - when you don't really understand what's going on, when everything and everyone is changing, and you don't know why. Even your parents become strangers, even when you've known them all your life. There's no insta-love, no vampires or werewolves, and hell, there's hardly any kissing. But such a great story. I loved Sam and Camilla - the whole 'does she/doesn't she' confusion and heartbreak. It's set in Australia, so some of the slang was a little confusing, but it doesn't hinder understanding the story. Definitely on my list of favorite books this year.


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Jun 20, 2016

Sam is just Sam. Not Samuel or Sammy just Sam. He meets Camilla, who wedges her way into his group of friends and Sam has no say. Sams world is turned upside down but also made better.

JCLAmyF Oct 16, 2013

Sam loves movies. He's a movie geek. His own life is pretty much in a holding pattern - "on pause" - he calls it - as he survives high school with all its awkward undignified AWKWARDNESS. But then he meets Camilla. Camilla is cool. In a geeky way. Or geeky in a cool way. And pretty, and friendly, and seems to want to hang out with him. What a stroke of luck to have a cool, friendly girl to hang out with! But then he has to go and start Liking her, making everything complicated. She'll feel awkward if he tells her he likes her, and it'll maybe ruin the most fun, best friendship he's ever had.


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JCLAmyF Oct 16, 2013

“Mum looks like someone has told her that Santa will be shortly arriving with that guy from Pride and Prejudice in tow.”

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