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.)
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!)
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?