Life In Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Life In Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Published by Hardie Grant Egmont on February 1st 2013
Finished copy from Giveaway
305 pages
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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.

Some books make you want to crawl inside the story and just fist bump all the awesome characters. That would be Life In Outer Space for me. Let’s see, I was laughing from page one, grinning from ear to ear in between, heart soaring as I flipped the last page. Saying I enjoyed this one would be an understatement.

“I think I would give up movies for this feeling.”

There’s much to say about the main character, Sam, but here’s one to start: He’s a total geek. As an aspiring screenplay writer, he’s all about movies- horror, most especially. With his band of geeky friends, Mike, gay karate extraordinaire, Adrian, unreserved candy bar addict, and Allison, quiet manga-lover, Sam treads through high school, hoping to avoid bullies aka The Vessels of Wank. However, as new girl, Camilla, comes into Sam’s high school and into Sam’s life, their group’s status quo becomes more amusing than ever.

“I realize that Camilla is our very own statistical anomaly, an outlier that no one seems to know where to place.”

Basically, I loved every single person in this story. Although most were inspired by stereotypes, there’s no doubt that everyone was three-dimensional, especially Sam. Having a male narrator like him was so refreshing. I loved how he was always musing, how rampant his thoughts were, and how substantial his character was. He was extremely witty and I loved how being a geek was so natural to him. That said, he was uncertain about a lot of things and was mostly just trying to get through it all- family problems, high school life, the awkwardness of being a teenage boy. He was remarkably tangible, not to mention completely lovable too.

“Before I met you, all I wanted was just to fast-forward through everything. But, really, I think my life was just paused, or something. You… made me press play. You made everything move.”

Just like Sam, the people around him were as delightful and entertaining. I loved Sam’s friendship with Mike, Adrian, Allison and Camilla so so much. They didn’t make being geeks cool, just utterly enjoyable. I wanted them to be real already so we could all be BFFs. I adored their geeky references, their jovial banter, their I-got-your-back bond. I loved that Camilla and Sam were such good friends before their relationship turned towards a romantic direction. They got each other and supported one another. I think staying friends would also have been great, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I found the friendship-turned-romance angle between them absolutely sweet.

“You protect my dwarf. You always have her back. And you have a dimple when you smile that’s so cute I almost died the first time I saw it.”

If you’re looking for quirk and fun, Life In Outer Space has heaps of it. From the characters down to the dialogue and plot, this book was so hysterically entertaining. Romantic comedy fans and contemporary lovers are sure to enjoy this one. I cannot recommend Life In Outerspace enough!


four point five

Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Angel on March 26, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I haven’t even heard of this book, but it sounds like exactly my kind of story! I’m definitely adding this to my TBR.

  2. Ella on March 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I’m a sucker for romcoms and this totally made my to-read pile. :D

  3. Amanda @ Book Badger on March 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Oh my god this book sounds so cute and fluffy! I need it! I love geeky books, especially romance geek books, they have a great story and it gives it an extra level. I have to say, your review is fantastic Hazel, and those quotes are wonderful, I need to add this book to my list asap! :D

  4. Mitchii @ The Aeropapers on March 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I have this book for ages still haven’t read it but after reading your review I might be reading it sooner. ;)

  5. The Bookish Manicurist on March 26, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    This is one of my fave books, ever! So, I am always really excited to find others who loved it as much :) I didn’t want to leave these characters once I was done, I wanted to spend more time with them :)

  6. Miguel on March 26, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I love a good quirky novel! The characters sound so interesting and diverse. Definitely on my TBR.

  7. Missie on March 26, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I have never heard of this one, but I always love quick easy reads!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  8. Schen on March 27, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I loved that you loved the book! Well, what I like about this is the cool cover. Isn’t it enough? With your review, I guess I might read it soon.. :)

  9. Francine Soleil on March 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Yet another review that makes me want a book so bad! I love seeing male geeky characters in books. I think they’re more my kind of guys really. :P and I love romantic comedies. I hope I can get a copy of this soon.

  10. Alexa S. on March 30, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Life in Outer Space sounds like a pretty darn cute read! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy, as it seems like precisely the kind of story I’d enjoy :)

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