Life in Outer Space [NOOK Book]

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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 won't worry about girls. 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 ...
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Life in Outer Space

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Overview

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 won't worry about girls. 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.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Johanna Nation-Vallee
For Sam and his friends, life at Bowen Lakes secondary school is anything but ideal. Targeted by the A-list as "assorted vessels of wank" for their nerdy interests and personalities, the group spends most of its free time in the school computer lab—discussing slasher movies, Battlestar Galactica, and World of Warcraft. Sam writes screenplays and has an appropriate movie quote for every social situation. When the beautiful Camilla arrives at school one day, Sam fully intends to ignore her. She has other plans, however, and insists on hanging out with Sam and the others. As the school year progresses, Sam finds that his friendship with Camilla has brought him luck: he is no longer a target of bullies and is even able to eat in the cafeteria. Camilla shares many of Sam's interests and introduces him to some of hers. By the end of the year, Sam realizes that perhaps not all the answers to life are to be found in horror films. Life in Outer Space is a realistic fiction piece that should enjoy broad appeal, particularly among younger teens. The central characters are complex and their stories compelling. Dialogue is believable and entertaining. Both male and female readers should find Keil's book a satisfying read. Reviewer: Johanna Nation-Vallee
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Sam Kinnison knows if his day starts badly, it will only get worse. He is also an aspiring horror movie screenwriter. Ms. Keil entitles each chapter with a humorous hint of what's going to happen. The first chapter is: "A sort of dance scene with a sketchy Humphrey Bogart." So now the reader knows the main character loves old movies and has a wry sense of humor. Sam is definitely not one of the "cool" guys in school and neither are his friends, of course. But, at least they have each others' backs. They endure the bullying jock types and accept their place in high school life. That is until Camilla, the potentially social pecking-order changer, shows up. She hangs with Sam and his crew, but she also hangs with the popular crowd. Sam is wary of her, but also intrigued. The characters are well drawn and likeable. Even Jason, the school's super cool boy, has many facets to his personality and he changes during the story along with Sam. It would have been nice to have a little more place setting than is readily apparent, for instance most American kids would not say "arse," but since kids are kids no matter where they live, it is a minor quibble. This book is a good read, with plenty of angst and humor. It lends itself to classroom discussion of social dynamics. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
Kirkus Reviews
Sam Kinnison may claim an address in Melbourne, Australia, but from the moment Camilla Carter walks into first-period English, he might as well live in outer space. The impossibly cool English transfer student is Bowen Lakes Secondary's own "statistical anomaly," breezing back and forth between the upper echelons of the "A-group" royalty and Sam and his friends at the very bottom of the social pecking order. And for some inexplicable reason, she actually seems to prefer hanging out with Sam. Kudos to the publisher for resisting the temptation to Americanize Sam's story and for allowing his brilliant and uniquely Australian humor to shine through. There's just something especially delicious about Sam's description of the king of the jocks (otherwise known as the "Assorted Vessels of Wank") as being a "pus-filled tumor on the arse of my life." Though a secondary storyline about Sam's gay best friend flounders, leaving his oft-referred-to sexuality feeling a bit gratuitous, there's much to enjoy in the budding relationship between Camilla and Sam. As both kids struggle with issues on the homefront, they find a genuine ease and comfort with one another that make them an unlikely couple worth rooting for. Much like a John Hughes movie, this is a humorous, heartfelt and angst-y romance with the potential to break the gender barrier. (Fiction. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561457908
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 523,532
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Melissa Keil studied cinema and anthropology and has spent time as a high school teacher, Middle-Eastern tour guide, waitress, and IT help-desk person. She now works as a children's book editor, and spends her free time watching YouTube and geek TV. She lives in Australia.
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  • Posted January 16, 2014

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    This, ladies and gents, was one of those surprising sleeper type

    This, ladies and gents, was one of those surprising sleeper types of reads.  You know the ones where you went into it thinking..this sounds like a good read…and came out thinking…wow, this was SO much BETTER than I even imagined! 




    Story wise…we hit highs, we hit lows.  We meet people and risk losing everyone.  We walk to the very edge of reason where sanity is eclipsed by the unspoken desires of our hearts and climb back out again…um, admittedly, a bit worse for wear but with a new understanding about life overall and how important letting those we care about in really is. 




    It’s not a book about life in ACTUAL outer space, but rather that space that we keep around ourselves and create around others based on our own thoughts and preconceived ideas.  It’s also about breaking those barriers down, letting others see the real version of ourselves we sometimes hold TOO close, and being okay with the fact that they may or may not accept us as we are. 




    ****review copy received in exchange for my honest review...full post can be seen on my site***

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Just a great book.

    I really enjoyed this one and cant wait to read more from this author.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

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    Life in Outer Space is about a geeky sixteen-year-old named Sam.

    Life in Outer Space is about a geeky sixteen-year-old named Sam. He and his friends are tormented basically everyday at school by the popular crowd because Sam and his friends are considered losers and dorks. But that all changes when the cool, new girl Camilla befriends them.

    Sam's knowledge about horror and cult movies was pretty endearing. He sometimes frustrated me with the decisions he made involving his friends, but he would eventually redeem himself, which was a relief. Sam's friends Adrian, Mike, and Allison were great to read about, and I liked their hilarious interactions. Camilla was an interesting and colorful character; however, she almost seemed too good to be true. As for her relationship with Sam, even though I thought it was sweet, I wasn't that desperate for them to be together. I just didn't feel all that connected to them.

    Although I felt this was a story I've heard before, this book had its cute and fun moments. If you love reading Australian novels or if you're looking for a light, contemporary read about a quirky group of friends, then you should check out Life in Outer Space.

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  • Posted October 31, 2013

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    Sam is a massive movie nerd and somewhat socially awkward. And,

    Sam is a massive movie nerd and somewhat socially awkward. And, well, lets just say he isn't accepted by many. Home life isn't ideal with a emotionally upset mother and a father he apparently hates most of the time. Sam is more than happy to keep his routine intact and for nothing to upset the balance of his world. At least he knows what to expect every day. But, unfortunately for him, it's going to be a crazy year because Camilla is in town and she's changing everything.

    I immediately liked this book. Sam has a fun, snarky voice. There were many times that I found myself laughing or just smiling. His narrative was just really fun. Sam depends on his knowledge of movies when something big happens and watching him run into situations where his movie knowledge failed him was funny. Sometimes I was sitting there going, come on, this isn't that hard. He was really entertaining.

    His friends were actually surprisingly likable. Mike is supposed to be one of those people who really don't show a lot of emotion with their facial expressions, but even with the limited interactions we had with him, he always seemed like a nice guy, even though I felt like the author wasn't really trying to portray anything like that for Mike. We don't know much about Allison, but she turned out to have a surprising amount of depth.

    Camilla was outgoing and different from but also similar to Sam. I really enjoyed watching Sam slowly realize he liked Camilla as more than a friend. Actually, I was sitting there for most of the book going, how do you not know, Sam? I'll admit, I was actually a little worried they weren't going to end up together. But Miss Keil, saved that one kiss for the end of the book and it was the perfect moment.

    Life in Outer Space helped break me out of my reading slump, so I only love the book more. There was a lot of swearing though, which did bother me, so minus one star, but other than that: really entertaining.

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    Posted April 29, 2013

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