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Posted January 16, 2014
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***
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Posted August 17, 2014
Posted November 11, 2013
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.
Posted October 31, 2013
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.
Posted April 29, 2013
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