By: Melanie | August 17, 2013 | (10) Comments

Review: Life in Outer Space by Melissa KeilLife in Outer Space by Melissa Keil
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Australia
Release Date: February 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 316
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.

My Review

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

Life in Outer Space was a very average read for me. I can see why people love this- but in the end, I was looking for something a little… more. Life in Outer Space is a quirky read filled with perfect geeky nerdiness, humour and relationships. I felt a little bored at times- something that is a major fault in contemporaries- nonetheless relished the friendships that knitted this novel together the tightest possible.

Sam Kinnison, self-confessed geek in his group of nerdy friends, hangs around on the lower branch of the school hierarchy. Melissa Keil doesn’t throw these teens, Adrian, Allison, Mike and Sam, around to be pitied. She puts them there to be heard and give us readers an insight to how they perceive this world. And trust me- it’s pretty fascinating. Adrian, Allison, Mike and Sam aren’t the popular kids- but they will always have each other’s backs and hold this friendship that’s so palpable and cogent that it practically bleeds through the entire journey.

Life in Outer Space was rather new for me. Not only was it in the perspective of proud nerds (mind you, I will eternally worship Sam and his self-esteem. *wipes happy tear*) but also it was in a boy’s POV. I have read many stories in a guy’s perspective but not any in the contemporary genre so it was rather hard for me to fully get used to it. Nonetheless, I wholly enjoyed the fact that this was a book about finding yourself. Life isn’t perfect. Neither is life in outer space. Neither is life between parents. Sam has to deal with problems from his parent’s situation as he delves through his. Which is filled with awkwardness, jocularity and a little slab of being a victim of bullying.

I feel that what made me hesitate with rating this book was how ‘invested’ I was with the romance and Camilla. I adored Sam and his nerdy crew- but Camilla wasn’t a character I had acquainted somewhat before. Camilla has a sassy, loud and indifferent mouth of opinion in the post passive ways. I loved her but I was sceptical as well. In the end I grew to appreciate her. Even so, the romance would simply not click for me. Sam and Camilla completed each other in a different form to me. Something that absolutely was not a romance. However something leaning more towards a friendship. A really close one full of the same stuff, just not that intimate.

On whole, this novel was not perfect- but had many shining points that are worth of mention. Life in Outer Space is sweet, awkward and raw. There are messages thrown around and topics being addressed throughout that I believe got a fair amount of attention. Melissa Keil’s debut is surely one to be read- especially people who adore contemporaries.

 ~Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me this copy!~

3.5 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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10 Responses to Review: Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

  1. This does sound really good and the summary has me intrigued now. I love geeky books and sometimes it’s nice to read something a bit more casual that you feel like you can put down for a while. I might give this a go now!
    Great review!
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  2. Stephanie B says:

    Sounds like an interesting book. I was reading your take on the relationship and I was like, “Hmmmm, this would make an different type of Friday Couple. I need to read this.” Haha.

    Great review, Mel! It’s fantastico!
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  3. Nara says:

    A geeky main character! I’m sold. 😛
    While the awkward romance does worry me a bit, I do like contemporaries, so I might give this one a go!
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  4. Laureen says:

    A geeky main character is usually enough to intrigue me, and this one sounds like it could be a lot of fun to read. Thanks for sharing your review.
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  5. Jasprit says:

    I felt exactly the same way Melanie, whilst I thought this was an adorable read overall, I don’t think it will be a book which left the biggest impression with me. I’m glad that you were able to enjoy it overall. Lovely review!
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  6. Hazel says:

    I’m a huge fan of contemporaries and this seems right up my alley. I especially enjoy reading geeky guys because they are so fun and full of personality! I hope I’ll like Camilla and Sam’s relationship better. Great review!!!! Can’t wait to read this one, 🙂
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  7. Awww, this book sounds like it has an adorable theme behind it, basically a bunch of nerds who have each other. I like how it sounds, but probably won’t be picking it up cos there’s so many other books to read. Great review!
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  8. VeganYANerds says:

    I LOVE this book so I’m glad you liked it a little bit 🙂
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  9. Johanna Richards says:

    I love YA Aussie contemporaries with all my soul. I look forward to reading this one. Thanks for the review!

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