Sunday, October 27, 2013

Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil –ADVISABLE

Keil, Melissa Life in Outer Space 320 pgs. Peachtree Publishers, 2013. $12.84  Content: Language: PG (1 swear: but many Australian slangy swears); Mature Content: PG-13 (Gay character and Porn references), Violence: G.

Sam’s dream girl is Princess Leia, but honestly his mind is mostly on surviving school. He and his geeky friends are constantly bullied, and can no longer even eat in the lunch room. When a gorgeous quirky new girl named Camilla, starts at his school, Sam doesn’t even consider the possibility that he might have a chance. To his shock, they become friends, and Camilla presence is more like magic than anything else. Once he realizes he has feelings, Sam will do anything to crush them.

This is a well written book with multi-faceted plot elements, realistic characters, and various setting and plot points that will resonate with a teenager. However, it is pretty unrealistic, in the exact way that every Michael Cera movie is; the geek that catches the attention of the most amazing girl. Also that confessing your love to a “friend” is ever a good idea; one that ends well, sure.  Lots of great life lessons thrown in the mix too.

HS –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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