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Life in Outer Space

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  5,956 ratings  ·  1,011 reviews
Sam is a geek movie-buff with a ragtag group of loser friends who have been taking abuse from the popular kids for years. But when the super-cool Camilla moves to town, she surprises everyone by choosing to spend time with Sam's group. Suddenly they go from geek to chic, and find that not everything boils down to us and them. With their social lives in flux, Sam and Camill ...more
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Published February 1st 2013 by Hardie Grant Egmont
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I loved this book so freaking much!

I start Monday by falling flat on my arse. A normal guy might think his day could only improve from here. I seriously doubt this is going to be the case. I hear laughter and clapping. Someone cheers.

Above me, a giant sign hangs precariously from the corridor ceiling: a pink and purple, glitter-encrusted symbol of doom, handmade by the Spring Dance Committee.

Justin Zigoni takes a flying leap over me and slaps the sign with his hand. A shower of glitter des

This book is made of awesome. This book is a unicorn puking rainbows onto the rest of the YA Contemporary genre.

I needed this book. YOU NEED THIS BOOK. I had so much fun reading it that my face hurts from grinning.

The MC, Sam, is a self-confessed nerd. Not only that but he’s a believable nerd, one who’s constantly referencing the video games, movies, books and magazines that any self respecting geek knows and loves...in detail. His internal monologue is hilarious. I’d say this boo
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
"I guess some people enter your orbit and get stuck, and there's nothing either of you can do about it."

This book was a proof that some authors can still write Ya books without the usual angst and never-ending dramas. In some ways, this was a perfect Ya book. Ya at its finest form.

There's Sam/Samuel/Sammy. Sam is a 16-17 yo boy. Sam has seen every horror/sci-fi/(combination of the two) movie that exists. Sam is a geek/nerd who aspires to be a screenwriter. He can quote endlessly parts from h
One of my Top 5 Foreign Language Films (subgenre: drama) is Mostly Martha from Germany. Martha is a sought after, highly regarded chef with exacting standards. (I would call her the female Soup Nazi but Germans + Nazi reference... Let's not go there.) In the beginning of the movie, she talks about how the simplest dishes, like salmon in a light basil sauce, are the hardest because there's nothing to disguise or distract from the flavor. It's all about proper seasoning and precise cooking. Th ...more
Dylan Williams
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Why is nobody talking about this book?! It is really, really, really good!

It is a typical coming of age story about nerdy people, which is nothing unique or special. But the realness of the characters and really impressive level of development makes this book one of the best coming of age stories I have read in long time. It is up there with John Corey Whaley's Where Things Come Back! Like seriously good!
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It took me time to get into the book because of its writing style. I loved it, don't get me wrong. I like the cute I'm-trying-to-explain-something-simple-in-an-intelligent-way writing style. It's like I'm reading a funny scientific article about the mundane life. The consequence is that the sentences are long and full of information to catch. I just needed a lot of focus to exercise my bain to that point. I got that focus and, without knowing I took the wrong bus, I got late to work by one hour. ...more
Ash Wednesday

Objectively, this should've been a great book.

I think I was expecting a cross between Superbad, The Big Bang Theory and a Pacey-less Dawson's Creek (does that even make sense?).

Nerdy Sam Raimi fanboy, Samuel who loves slasher horror films, writes screenplays about Killer Cats from the Third Moon of Mars and has a ragtag band of quirky high school outcasts meets and adopts in their group the gorgeous, popular newbie Camilla who has the right blend of crazy sexy cool. The kind that pl
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Life in Outer Space has got to be the cutest book I've read this year. As a fan of films, Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, and most nerdy things, I thoroughly enjoyed Keil's debut, devouring it over a weekend - one where I was frantically cramming for exams. Although Life in Outer Space seems like a rather standard romantic comedy novel, told from a guy's PoV, Keil manages to introduce many original aspects to it and, frankly speaking, it's worth the few hours of time it takes up.
Paula M
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Cute nerd guy alert.


Guys can be so… clueless that I almost feel sorry for them. Reading Life in Outer Space is actually a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed the male POV for a change and I admit that I was a bit relieved that this book is more into romance than sci-fi. This book is geeky in a very charming way and I just adore every moment.  

I really thought that everything in this novel is slow though. The pacing, the romance… I thought noth
Smart, nerdy, WoW playing, horror movie-loving Sam and his friends, Adrian, Mike and Allison are navigating the minefield that is senior high school. Ridiculed by the A group and the school's top alpha male, Justin Zigoni they spend their lunch breaks hiding out in the school's IT room. And then one day into their classroom walks new student, Camilla, beautiful, smart and glamorous, she has travelled all over the world with her music critic Dad and is now back in Melbourne.Immediately taken up a ...more
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
A super cute and extremely underrated contemporary!

~ Right from the very beginning I was drawn into the story. No slow intro!
~ I love these dorky characters
~ So much relatable
~ The nerd references bring joy to my soul!
~ Romance was super cute and not rushed
~ Adrian was bae
~ Just really the characters. I love them all so much!
~ Just a fun fact: Set is Australia!!!

~ The characters were idiots
~ They are just so awkward
~ I actually don't think I went a single page without cringing
~ I lo
After reading multiple glowing reviews of Melissa Keil's debut LIFE IN OUTER SPACE, and falling in love with the book's cover art (please, pause for a moment and look at it—really look—because it's fantastic), I gave up on a recently imposed "No new books!" rule and downloaded a copy to my Kindle. I wouldn't say I was blown away, but I did inhale LIFE IN OUTER SPACE in a matter of days and came away from it feeling all the happiness that a solid rom com can bestow.

Aspiring screenwriter Sam Kinni
Sharon L
So, apparently, this is a YA contemporary romance.

And as my surprise might indicate, though I read some of those (I suppose) I am not very familiar with the genre.

Still, however I look at it I can only come to a few conclusions-

Objectively this is a good book, a great book even, unbojectively this is a book that leaves awesomeness behind

So yeah, I'm in love with this book. From here now it is my comfort read, a book I can read over and over again, just like listening to favorite song that you'l
Jeannette Nikolova
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Technically, I'm being a bit generous with the 4 stars. Actual rating: 3.5 stars

If Rainbow Rowell wrote happier novels from the boy POV... you'd have Life in Outer Space. And to be honest, this is the better version. I have a strange infatuation with Rowell's novels. It's a sort of a love/hate relationship. I appreciate the story and the atmosphere, but the characters are mostly crap, especially the strange girls who for the life of them cannot adapt to living
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3.5 stars

Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this 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- so
I picked this up after absolutely adoring Melissa Keil's other book, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl, earlier this year. I was hoping this would be just as cute, just as sweet, and just as Australian. And...it was, but it wasn't?

Part of the problem, honestly, is that I borrowed this from work and it turns out that we have the US edition. So there are various terms and phrases that have been...de-Australianed, shall we say? Things like math. Dining hall. Semester. Spring dance. Colleg
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, it's a bit cute, I must say.

I don't read contemporaries but when u stumbled upon this on Good reads, the synopsis intrigued me so I said, why not?

Personally, I am not a fan of highschool romance because ugh, those things don't really last. In short, I ended up not really enjoying the novel. Sorry.

Although, the two main leads are cute or whatever you want to call it. Call me a butch but their relationship would probably won't last.

And if so, they'll just have a divorce.
Laura (thebookcorps)
Life in Outer Space is one of the cutest and nerdiest books I’ve ever read. This contemporary quickly burrowed its way into my heart within the first few chapters, and, by the end of the novel, became a favourite. Do yourselves a favour and read this wonderful #LoveOzYA book immediately.

The protagonist of Life in Outer Space is sixteen-year-old Sam, who goes to a typical Australian high school – along with his bullies – with his three best friends, and spends his nights watching old Hollywood ho
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 ★
Cute, snarly, morbid, funny guy alert !!!!
I had zero expectations and I could not put this book down I'm surprised no one is talking about this book , I only didn't like how adrian was treated or described but maybe that was just me.
Robin (Bridge Four)
5 Freaking Awesome Stars

I’m a geek at heart. My favorite show is the Big Bang Theory, I get excited about math and if there is any possible way for me to throw a movie quote into a conversation I totally will. This book was written for me, the MC Sam is totally my peeps.

Sam’s inner dialog is funny, his outer one with his friends is funnier still.

No one calls me Sammy. My mother occasionally throws a “Samuel”, but I am, and have always been, just Sam. Sammy is a name for five-year-olds and ga
Guys, this book was just so much fun and incredibly heartfelt. Addictive and smiley and one of those books where you want to be absorbed into the pages and hang out with the characters. It felt like watching the perfect teenage movie, a rom-com with plenty of humour, with an offbeat romance and the best pop culture references ever.

I was grinning from the first page (always a good sign!) and pretty much grinned and sighed my whole way through. I loved Sam as a narrator, a serious contender for a
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For Sam Kinnison, most of life’s predicaments can be nutted out with a full-proof ‘Top Five Greatest Movies’ list, tailored to specific occasions. For instance, when he needs reminding why he’d rather be stabbed “in the nuts with a blunt pencil” than attend the Spring Dance, he calls on his Top Five All-Time Greatest Movie School Dance Scenes. This includes ‘Carrie’, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, ‘Prom Night’, ‘Footloose’ (for “sheer lameness”) and ‘Grease’ (because he believes “the flying car is ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
I so wanted to love this. I picked it up solely because it’s premise sounded similar to my current writing project, and while they are similar in themes, I felt like this was everything I want to avoid my book turning out like.

Sam is an uber nerd. Sam and his friends are constantly bullied by the popular kids. Suddenly, a beautiful daughter of a celebrity shows up, and for whatever reason decides to take an interest in Sam and his group.

Sadly, it’s as cliche as it sounds and does nothing to turn
4.5 stars

This was probably the cutest, funniest and sweetest book I've read this year. Excellent writing, warm and witty characters and the perfect ending that will make you smile a stupid grin from ear to ear!
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Have you ever want to read a book that you know is hilarious but you can't because you would wake up the whole house with your machine gun laughter so you don't read it staying up late even when that's all what you want?

Life in outer space is a light-hearted story with its hilarity. It's about friendship. It's about the first crush. Our teen Sa
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So when I asked my friend Mel from YA Midnight Reads for more awesome Aussie YA books, she recommended this author, Melissa Keil. And I checked her out on Goodreads, got this book because it sounded cute and Mel liked it too. And I really, really enjoyed this one a lot.

Life in Outer Space is about Sam. Sam is a geek and he's totally fine with that. He loves horror movies, wants to be a screenwriter, has his nerdy friends and doesn't have to worry a
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was so fun! I really need to stop underestimating some of out amazing aussie authors because this book surprised me with how hilarious and cute it is!

Sam has his friends, great grades, and a plan to write epic screen plays he's pretty happy with how things are going but than Camilla comes along and makes everything 100% better.

Camilla is the daughter of a famous music journalist and instantly popular, she doesn't glue herself to one group but makes friends with everyone in the year 11
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-galley, aaw-yeah
I can’t stop smiling!

Life in Outer Space is funny and sweet. Best of all it’s about friends. Also, I can’t get over how cute this was simply because the lead in this one is clueless, absolutely clueless about what’s going on and about what’s up with those around him! Then him, figuring it all out… it was not as frustrating as I thought it was going to be. Clueless kid was cute, you see. Even more so with the rest of them in the picture.

Stuff I liked:

...This is random, but it was Say Anything.
Jacob Proffitt
This was an okay teen romance. It was a bit protracted and felt... cluttered. I think a large part of my failure to connect with the book is that Sam isn't terribly likeable. He's supposedly "kind" but he lets his best friend suffer in silence most of a year before taking steps to figure out what's wrong. And he's rather dismissive of his other friend Adrian. And his connection to his parents is kind of perfunctory (even his mom, who he supposedly likes). But the worst thing about him is that he ...more
Zemira Warner
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: music, aussie

Imagine a girl who's pretty, has really popular friends, lived all around the world, is photographed with musicians, has a tattoo on her shoulder(still underage tho), is nice to everyone, plays World of Warcraft, likes to dress 'differently'. You know she is hiding something. No one can be perfect. Or maybe she she is perfect and all I've been told about life so far was a lie.
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Melissa Keil was born in Melbourne, Australia, and has been a giant book nerd for as long as she can remember. She studied Cinema and Anthropology at university, and then spent a few years dabbling in graduate study, including Professional Writing and Editing. In between she has been a high school teacher, Middle Eastern tour guide, waitress, community theatre dogsbody, and IT help desk person. No ...more

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Because, idiot, you... are funny and smart and you have a giant heart that you can't even pretend to hide. And you love your friends and your mum, and you held my hand and made me sing when I was so scared I thought I was going to die. I knew you understood, right from the beginning, this thing inside, the stuff in your head that you need to make real. You get that.... And you wear stupid Superman pyjamas without any irony, and your face lights up when you talk about the movies you love.... And... 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.”
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