Hello fellow readers! I have recently finished Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil and I just had to write a review. This book was funny, realistic, nerdy, and all around amazing. If you want to know what I thought please continue reading! WARNING: SPOILERS MAY FOLLOW!
Title: Life in Outer Space
Author: Melissa Keil
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 rating: 5/5 stars!
Okay, so let me just say right off the bat… I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK! As a self-proclaimed nerd myself, I found myself relating so well to all of the characters in this book. I loved Sam’s inner monologue going on through out the entire book, his inner thoughts were funny, relevant, and really gave us readers a look into a true nerd’s thought process. I loved that Melissa Keil not only chose to have her main character be a guy (which I don’t see to often in YA Contemporary) she really made him believable. Her use of pop culture references was on point and she didn’t stick to only the “cool nerd stuff”. I honestly wish there were more books like this out there… (if you happen to know any, recommend them to me in the comment section!)
So lets get to the good stuff. I am going to try my hardest to not spoil the entire book for you guys because if you haven’t read it, I think you definitely should… Life in Outer Space centers around the main character Sam and his group of friends. All of them being outcasts in their high school, they have found comfort in each others company.
Sam being a movie buff, IT guru, and WoW player..
Adrian, a outspoken class clown who loves to eat…
Allison, the only female in the group, she is a bit awkward and loves Hello Kitty
and Mike, a karate kicking teenage guy working his way through figuring out his sexuality.
They may not have a ton of things in common but together they protect each other from the bullies at school and the annoyances of growing up. Everything seems fine and dandy in their lives as they go through the start of the school year doing what they have always done until one girl changes everything.
Enter Camilla.. a famous journalists daughter who just moved into town. She has her own sense of style (very quirky… reminds me of Lou from Me Before You) and self confidence just pouring out of her. When Camilla walks into one of Sam’s classes he thinks she is just another popular girl who will make fun of him. It isn’t until she finds him in the IT Lab searching for help that he realizes this pretty girl could also be a nerd. Camilla also plays WoW, likes some of the same movies as Sam, and can keep up with his references. One thing leads to another and Camilla finds herself welcomed into this group of outcasts. She helps them break out of their shells and stand up for themselves. She teaches them that you don’t have to only classify yourself as one thing, that you can break the clique mentality and be anyone you want. I loved Camilla as a character because she is so different then any character I’ve read.
This book is nerdy, funny, and heart warming. I grew to love these characters and watch them change into people they would have never thought they could become. If you are looking for a easy and fun read I say pick this bad boy up… you wont regret it!
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