Life in Outer Space is a romantic comedy about a movie geek & the dream girl he refuses to fall in love with. 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, worry about girls he won’t. Then Camilla Carter arrives on the scene. She’s beautiful, friendly and completely irrelevant to his plan. Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a plan of her own – and he seems to be a part of it! Sam believes that everything he needs to know he can learn from the movies. But perhaps he’s been watching
the wrong ones.
Life In Outer Space is the debut novel for Melissa Keil, the first success story to come out of Hardie Grant Egmont’s Ampersand Project. Keil gained the attention of the Ampersand team with her story of Sam, a sweet geek who lives in a world inhabited by horror movies and gaming interaction – until Camilla comes along and smashes his safe haven to pieces.
I was initially surprised I liked this book so much. With a male narrator and a slightly younger age than the novels I usually read, I wasn’t sure it would really be ‘for me.’ However, Keil won me over with this book that had me audibly laughing to myself at times as I joined Sam on his awkward navigation of the world of teenage girls. The voice of the novel was so relatable and heartfelt, I found it lingered in my mind. It has a kind of honesty about it that I found charming and, by the end, I just wanted to wrap Sam up in a blanket and take him home with me!
This is a book with a distinctly Australian flavour but international appeal. It’s common themes of self-discovery, relationships and family dynamics can certainly be enjoyed by anyone, whether you’re from the land down under or not. It will be interesting to see what Keil does next.
Life In Outer Space is available from February 1, 2013. Grab your copy from Amazon or add it to Goodreads using the links below.