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Life in Outer Space (Character Gift Exchange)

There’s nothing better than being completely charmed and surprised by a book.

When I first opened Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil (a book I’ve had sitting on my shelf since May — I’m terrible), I had no idea I would fall for it so hard. It’s set in Australia (yay Aussie writers!) and tells the story of Sam and his friends. Sam is a total film enthusiast (kind of a Dawson but not as melodramatic) but sort of flies under the radar at his school. When the worldly and super gorgeous Camilla moves to town and becomes a part of their friendship group, Sam’s boring life transforms into quite the opposite. The friendships, the romance, and Sam’s thoughts (he’s hilarious) made this book so hard to put down. I loved all of it so much.

Since Camilla and Sam are such vibrant characters, I kept asking myself: what would they get each other for the holidays? So this is what you are going to be seeing today. I hope it gives you more insight into these awesome (genuine) characters and inspires you to pick up Keil’s book. (I’m pretty much want to gift this to everyone I know.)

Life in Outer Space Gift Exchange Sam to Camilla

Fujifilm Instax Camera | Bon Voyage Journal | Difference Between White & Saffron Dress

With Camilla moving around so much, she really wants some stability. Early in the book, the author talks about pictures she has up in her room and she’s hoping this is a way to show her dad that she really wants to say in town this time. I kept thinking how much these Instax pictures would look on her wall, especially with the new connections she is making with Sam and his friends.

The journal serves two purposes: Camilla travels a lot to see her mother but she also writes her own songs. I feel like she would be old school about it and write it in a book, instead of on a phone.

And the dress? Sam is too cute and seems to always notice what Camilla is wearing and how her hair looks. (She wears Princess Leia buns at one point, and he basically goes nuts inside.) There’s a yellow sundress that is mentioned a few times in the book, and who ever has enough yellow dresses? (I like the belt!)

Life in Outer Space Gift Exchange Camilla to Sam

Movie Monsters Guitar Strap | Give Empires a Chance T-Shirt | Star Wars Mad Libs |Film ListographySlasher Movie Book

I feel like Sam would be so fun to shop for if he was my guy (or even just my friend). He wears vintage t-shirts, he loves movies, and during the book, he gets into music. Boys can be so hard to shop for but because his hobbies equate to an endless collection of things. I’m sad though because I saw a shirt called “future screenwriter” in a museum last weekend and I can’t find it online. Boo!

Honestly, I think Camilla is probably one of the most thoughtful and adventurous gift givers and I can only imagine what she would really do for Sam for the holidays.

Hope you enjoyed this little feature today! If you are looking for a solid YA with a male POV that covers divorce, changing friendships, high school antics, popularity, and being scared shitless of falling in love? Life in Outer Space is where it is at! Be sure to check it out. Promise?

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December 11, 2013 - 6:21 pm

Alexa Y. - This post alone makes me want to read Life in Outer Space! I love all the presents you picked out for these two characters. I think I’ll like Camilla quite a lot because those gifts would be perfect for me 😉

December 11, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Lucy - I’m reading this book now and it’s so much fun! How cute is that camera. OMG! And the gifts from Camilla to Sam are spot on.

December 10, 2013 - 11:36 am

alice-jane - It’s really neat how you came up with presents for fictional characters. While I haven’t read LIfe in Outer Space, I definitely felt like I knew the characters a little better after this. The Polaroid camera is super cute! Apparently Hot Topic makes Doctor Who, Star Wars skirts and maybe they’d be a nice for Camilla if she ever gets into the movies with Sam?

December 9, 2013 - 10:16 pm

elena - I WANT EVERYTHING SAM IS GIVING TO CAMILLA! i’ve always wanted a fuji instax camera and yellow!!!!!!

December 9, 2013 - 7:52 pm

MK - The idea of coming up with gifts for fictional characters to give each other is just the kind of nerdy activity I LOVE. Also, I enjoy your use of the term “a Dawson.”

December 9, 2013 - 5:53 pm

alisa selene - Love the idea of coming up with gifts for fictional characters! This sounds like fun!

December 9, 2013 - 4:04 pm

VeganYANerds - It makes me so happy to know that you too loved Life in Outer Space. I did not want to leave Sam, Camilla, and the rest of the gang when I finished the book. I love the gifts you chose for them both!

December 9, 2013 - 3:59 pm

Theta Sigma @ The Wandering Bookworm - Fantastic post.

This has been one of my fave books for this year, partly due to the YA element and partly down to the fact that I’m a geek.

Hope there’s a sequel. 🙂

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