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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

[REVIEW] Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Life in Outer Space

Author: Melissa Keil
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: February 1st 2013 by Hardie Grant Egmont
Source: ARC won from Dianne @ Oops! I Read A Book Again
Purchase from: Amazon | The Book Depository

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.

To Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again: Thanks for this ARC copy. Sorry it took so long before I got to read and review LiOS! 

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. ^__^
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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

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