Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil
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 doesn’t have to worry about girls.
Then Sam meets Camilla. She’s beautiful, friendly and completely irrelevant to his life. Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a life of her own – and she’s decided that he’s going to be part of it.
Sam believes that everything he needs to know he can learn from the movies ... but now it looks like he’s been watching the wrong ones.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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. Recollections of a young of John Cusack and that boom box just have me feeling warm and fuzzy… but really it’s Sam’s movie nerd-ness in general because though he knew what he did, the rest of them prove that there’s almost always more to see (80’s rom-coms or Japanese horror movies or whatever else.)
… Bonus likes from me for a treasure hunt follow to X moment that proved the girl to be so much more than mystery new girl as well as him to be so much more than movie nerd. My Point: They are all more than the labels they’d given themselves! Yet another plus: movie-themed dances with the funny addition of multiple Marilyn Monroe’s.
Then the things I simply loved:
… Friends… it’s this bit that drew me in some more. I loved all of them together. Sure Sam’s clueless way mixed with his sense of preservation given the high school order he was all too aware of was what had me liking him at first.
… Plus, there’s his wary, keep your head down manner that had him reading true yet funny in a sad sort of way, but them together explains a lot of the way he was. The point is I’m a sucker for groups like his, of people in a solid unit with each of them with their own thing. They’ve a sense of fitting together and having a common place without stifling what made each of them them..
…So, movie nerd who knows what he’s talking about but still unsure about what he’s got to offer with a group of kids who fit together despite them each having their own thing of movie kid, then kid with karate skills, then another (two others?) oblivious and too eager sometime… Well, they already had the makings of a great something, but with entry of new girl things get shaken up. So that the little role they’ve carved for themselves –that their the kids on the fringe- was not necessarily the only thing because a lot of this is about going beyond labels, seeing a bit more in others:
“In math, we learn about outliers - statistical anomalies that lie outside the main data set. The outliers don’t fit the pattern the rest of the figures are trying to make. They tend to throw all other figures of balance.”
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