Project Description


Life in Outer Space

by Melissa Keil

A sharp, hilarious, and perfectly observed story of high school geeks falling in true love.

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, worry about girls he won’t.

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.

Author Melissa Keil will have readers falling in love with these relatable characters. Sam’s exceptional voice gives a hilarious and painfully accurate take on high school life.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-742-7
Publication Date: 8/1/2013
Page Count: 320
Size: 5-1/4″ x 8″
Age Range: 12 – 16
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-975-9
Publication Date: 10/1/2016
Page Count: 320
Size: 5-1/4″ x 8″
Age Range: 12 – 16
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-790-8
Age Range: 12 – 16
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 4.8
GRL: Z+, Gr 9th & up
Lexile: 740L
Themes: Film, Friendship, Music, Romance
BISAC 1: YAF052000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / General
BISAC 2: YAF058110  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
BISAC 3: YAF058120  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship


“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. Although there is a little teenage drinking in this book (the drinking age in Australia is 16), this title is safe and satisfying in its depictions of friendship and first love. A great choice for those who wish to end their summers with a lighthearted romantic comedy.” ―Booklist

“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.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“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.” ―The Horn Book Magazine

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“Life in Outer Space is funny. Sam’s observances are hilarious as well as sweet and awkward. It’s unusual to read a book solely told from the boy’s point of view, but Sam is a great boy to read.” ―Escape into Words

“ADORABLE nerd-love story from down under! Star Wars and World of Warcraft and music nerdery and horror films and more. I want to hug every character.” ―Lindsay Smith

“Made me smile so hard.” ―Looking on the Side of Wonder

“This book appealed to my inner nerd in many, many ways, to the point where I became so engrossed that I ignored all things going on in RL and kept my nose in this book until the ending… It’s a feel-good, endearing and mostly fluffy rom-com that I would love to see made into a movie. We need more books like this.” ―My Fiction Nook

“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.” ―VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)



Best Fiction for Young Adults ―Young Adult Library Services Association, 2014

Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2013

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Senior High) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2014

Rhode Island Teen Book Award (Nominee) ―School Librarians of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Library Association, 2015

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Meet the Author

Melissa Keil

Melissa Keil, born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, 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. You can visit her website here.