Life in Outer Space

Life in Outer Space

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A YA romantic comedy about a movie geek & 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 more

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  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 139 x 211mm
  • Hardie Grant Egmont
  • Australia
  • 1742973957
  • 9781742973951
  • 517,157

About Melissa Keil

Melissa Keil is a writer, children's editor and compulsive book-buyer. She has lived in Minnesota, London and the Middle East, and currently resides in her home town of Melbourne. Her debut young adult novel, Life in Outer Space, was published in 2013 - the inaugural winner of the Ampersand Prize, Hardie Grant Egmont's initiative for debut authors. Her follow up title was The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl released in September 2014. Melissa is currently working on her third YA title The Secret Science of Magic to be released in more

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This. Book. Is. Amazing. It's fun and light and quirky. I like the dialogue, the story itself, the use of geeky references. I like the humor and wit of the characters. I like Sam's geekiness. It's believable and not at all exaggerated. And he's not ashamed of being a geek. Sure, he and his friends try to fly under the A-group radar, but he wears his geekiness proudly. Speaking of his friends, I think Mike, Adrian and Allison are also awesome. They're different kinds of geeks but they all get along well and Sam couldn't have wished for better friends than these three. And then there's Camilla. Pretty and friendly and kind Camilla. The new girl with the British accent. And who lived in New York. And bumped elbows with famous musicians. She's way out of Sam's league and seems to exist in a different plane altogether but surprises of surprises, she becomes his friend! And that's the end of it. Or not. Of course it isn't. I love Sam's and Camilla's friendship. Camilla shares Sam's love for movies (although they have different tastes in film genres) and World of Warcraft (He's an elf; she's a dwarf). And although Sam was a bit hesitant at first, they were really great together when they finally hit it. It's not awkward even though you can already tell they like each other. They learned a lot from each other. Camilla opened a lot of doors for Sam, and Sam was there for Camilla when she needed someone. I'd say they're perfect for each other in a totally non-cheesy way. And that's what I love about this book. The romance angle is sweet and cute but it is not the focus of the story. I liked that the author explored the beautiful friendship between the main characters. It established the connection between Sam and Camilla and provided a strong foundation for them. Life in Outer Space made me wish I was in love for the first time again. I enjoyed reading Sam's internal debacle whether or not he likes Camilla in a more-than-friends way. (Ah, young love. *sigh*) I love his innocence, which is not surprising since his love life pretty much consists of Princess Leia and horror movies. It took him a while (and a couple of mistakes) to get his guts together but it was worth it. Camilla is worth it. :) Though Camilla had me worried for a while because she wasn't giving off the vibes that she also liked Sam. Or maybe Sam was just too dense to notice. Haha. Good thing it all worked out in the end. I abso-freaking-lutely love this book. Definitely recommended! One of the best YA contemporaries I've read so far. ^__^show more
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