Saturday, April 13, 2013

Review: Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil


Title: Life in Outer Space
Author: Melissa Keil 
Published: February 1st 2013 by Hardie Grant Egmont 
Format: ARC
Book Description:
Full of energy, wit and tenderness; this is one big-hearted and unique book.’ - Leanne Hall

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.

‘Hilarious and heartfelt.’ - Sally Rippin

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My Thoughts:

This book is geeky, amusing and engaging.  

The story is seen in Sam’s eyes, a geek who loves to play Warcraft, loves Princess Leia and an aspiring screen writer. His eccentric friends:  Mike who is gay, hilarious Adrian and witty Allison makeup their core group. Their world was turned upside down when pretty Camilla Carter transferred to their school.  Camilla who is the daughter of a known music journalist is popular yet with a geeky side. Camilla is trying to force Sam out of his comfort zone one step at a time. Even though Sam likes Camilla; he tries to throw his feelings out.  Popular and Geek together? Will Sam be able to see himself worthy for Camilla? Read this book to find out. 

The world building is good. I’m not a true geek since I don’t really play games or read mangas. But the way the author describes Sam’s world made it easier for me to immerse inside. I also love the humor in the book. There were some times when I can’t help but laugh in some scenes.  

The first part of the book is a bit slow. I don’t really know where the story will go. It became interesting mid part until the end.  

As for the character building, it’s good. I like how Melissa writes colorful characters that can make you smile. Sam is easy to connect with. He’s geek, lovable and sweet. I love how he has so much creativity in his mind. Camilla is also easy to like. I admire how she likes reaching out to Sam. She lets him see what’s it’s like outside his world.  She’s free spirited, witty and full of energy, person who likes being friends with everyone. Camilla is one of those characters that is memorable and unique. 

Lastly, the love angle is sweet. People from two completely different world finds a place together.  It really made my heart all mushy. 

The story is about finding yourself. There are loads of lesson and realization in this book. There is also about family. What gave the story an edge is the geek theme. It made the story much interesting.

Overall, this book is an interesting read.  This will appeal to readers who love Perks of Being a Wallflower. Also if you want a light read with a hint of comedy then this book is for you.

I give it 3.5 Geeky Whales


  1. A light read is exactly what I'm after at the moment and this sounds like the perfect book. I also enjoy a bit of comic relief too. Fantastic review! :)

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  3. This book looks awesome!! I love geeky books, and I'm seriously in a light read mood! I also love books with comic relief! Great review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  4. I'm not that into all the things these characters love, but the strory does sound like a cute read and I'm always looking for such kind of books for my holidays. Thanks for the review:)

  5. I've seen some great reviews for this. I love the idea of a geek+popular romance. I love it when opposites come together. Wonderful review Dannielle. :)

  6. This sounds really cute! I love the cover and the geek theme!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

  7. Anonymous11:35 AM

    This is some cute story! I loved the Perks of being a Wallflower. It's one of my favorites :) Thanks for the review!

  8. Not only does it look geeky, it sounds geeky! <3 And the sound of Sam! DId I hear reading manga? Oh, I want to meet him! He sounds absolutely adorable. The whole books sounds absolutely adorable! >_____<

    Amazing review, Dannielle. ^^


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