Life in Outer Space – book review

Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Life in Outer Space is the funny and heart-warming book by Melissa Keil.

Sam Kinnison is a geek, and he’s cool with that. He loves his horror movies, his nerdy friends and World of Warcraft. Until Princess Leia turns up in his bedroom, he doesn’t have to worry about girls.

But then Sam meets Camilla – beautiful, friendly, and completely irrelevant to his life. Sam is determined to ignore her, except Camilla has her own plans. And she’s decided Sam is going to be a part of them.

Sam thought that movies can teach everything that needs to be knows… only now it seems as though he’s been watching the wrong ones.


I can’t believe how much I enjoyed reading this book. I was really hoping I’d enjoy reading it before I started, but I didn’t know just how much I’d fall in love with the characters and the plot until I did. This book had me hooked from the very beginning with its unique and interesting characters, as well as its funny and engaging story-line. I loved every second of reading it. All the characters were different and they really came to life and seemed to jump off the pages.

One of my favourite parts of this book was that it was set in Melbourne. My hometown is Melbourne, so I felt really connected to all the characters and the locations they went to. I loved feeling so close to all of them. It was fun hearing about them going to the Astor theatre, which is my favourite cinema, and it was also cool seeing them go to Brighton Beach, which is where I practically live in the summertime. I also loved every geeky reference in this book. Seeing as I’m a massive nerd myself, and proud, I smiled every time I read a Star Trek or Doctor Who reference. Overall, this was just a really fun read.

The characters in this book were utterly brilliant. The main character, Sam, is a self-confessed nerd. He’s always quoting and referencing movies, books, video games and magazines. In that way, he was a really believable character. His internal dialogue was also hilarious. He has such a witty personality and I loved his remarks, both said aloud and said through his thoughts. Beside Sam are his equally weird and geeky friends names Allison, Adrian and Mike. They all were bullied and retreat to the IT lab every lunchtime. Each one of these characters and interesting and different, which is what I loved about all of them. I didn’t think I’d get to know each of these characters so well, but I did. I felt so connected to all of these characters.

But everything changes for this little group of friends when a new girl shows up in Sam’s English class. Her name is Camilla and her father is a famous music journalist. Camilla could easily be the most popular girl in the school, but instead she decides to hang out with Sam and his group of friends and get to know them. Sam is really thrown by this. Because not only does Camilla want to be friends with them, she also seems to speak their language.

I absolutely loved watching the friendship between Sam and Camilla grow. She helped their little group of friends go from being bullied, to being ignored, and then to almost being accepted. I loved watching this transition of acceptance for them. This book is mostly about the journey of the group of geeks in high school becoming accepted. It really shows how this not only affected them as individuals, but also their friendships with one another. This book was just completely stunning in every way.

This is definitely a book I’ll be rereading countless times. It was so amusing and I loved every second of it. I don’t have one single complaint about this book. I felt as though everything about it was perfect and jaw-droppingly good. I definitely recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a hilarious insight to the complicated lives of high school geeks. I’d give Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil a score of 10 out of 10. I can’t wait to reread this book again soon!

A huge thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

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