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Life in Outer Space

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Author: Melissa Keil  

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A young adult romantic comedy about a movie geek and the dream girl he refuses to fall in love with.
 
Sam Kinnison is a geek, and he’s fine with that. He loves horror movies, hanging out with his nerdy friends and playing 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. So Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a life of her own – and she’s decided he’s going to be part of it ...

Boy meets girl. Boy tries to lose girl. Or does he?
 
Life in Outer Space is Melissa Keil’s first brilliantly sweet and funny YA novel. It was the inaugural winner of the Ampersand Prize, Hardie Grant Children's Publishing award for debut authors. This special edition of the beloved #LoveOzYA rom-com includes a bonus new chapter!
 

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Critic Reviews

“'This charming story is like a modern YA-lit version of a John Hughes movie - funny, sweet, gentle, awkward, and filled with an endearing cast of odd ducks. A great choice for those who wish to end their summers with a lighthearted romantic comedy.' Publishers Weekly '... [T]here'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.' Kirkus 'There's also more to the book than the will-they-or-won't-they of Sam and Camilla. The supporting characters-Mike especially-are multifaceted and real. Snappy banter and fish-out-of-water situations combine with touching moments to create an entertaining and diverting read.' Horn Book Magazine”

  • 'This charming story is like a modern YA-lit version of a John Hughes movie – funny, sweet, gentle, awkward, and filled with an endearing cast of odd ducks. A great choice for those who wish to end their summers with a lighthearted romantic comedy.' ―Publishers Weekly
  • '… [T]here’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.' ―Kirkus
  • 'There’s also more to the book than the will-they-or-won’t-they of Sam and Camilla. The supporting characters–Mike especially–are multifaceted and real. Snappy banter and fish-out-of-water situations combine with touching moments to create an entertaining and diverting read.' ―Horn Book Magazine

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About the Author

Melissa Keil is the author of three novels for young adults: Life in Outer Space (2013), The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl (2014) and The Secret Science of Magic (2017). Her latest series, Barkly Mansion, is for junior readers. She won the Ampersand Prize and the Ena Noël Award from IBBY Australia for her debut novel, and has since been recognised in numerous awards including the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the Western Australian Premier’s Literary Awards in 2014; the CBCA’s Book of the Year for Older Readers in 2014 and 2015; and the teens’ choice Gold Inky Awards in 2015. Melissa’s books have been published all over the world.

Born and raised in Melbourne, Melissa studied Cinema and Anthropology at university and completed a short stint as a teacher in London. She now works as a children’s book editor, and spends her free time being a giant nerd and hanging out with her dog, Hugo.

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Product Details

Publisher
Hardie Grant Children's Publishing
Published
3rd August 2022
Pages
336
ISBN
9781761211072

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