The romance genre is indeed very difficult to write. I know how true this is due to my own failed past experiences of trying to write a story in this genre. Let me tell you, reading a romantic novel, one that soothes your heart, is rather entertaining and to an extent, very enjoyable. Writing a romantic novel however, is what I call the closest thing to hell. You have to perfect things like the amount of character development, the pace of the main romance, and of course, romantic interactions between our two lovebirds and whatnot.
Of course, Life in Outer Space, just so happens to do that. It’s an entertaining book ready to pull the heartstrings of people, even those who ultimately don’t want their heartstrings to be pulled. That’s it, that’s the entire book. It manages to ensure that you care about the characters a lot, and then the rest of the book is about their emotional torture.
We start off with schedule-tight, nerdy, movie-guy, Sam Kinnison. Sam is a little different from most fictional nerdy boys (I say ‘a little’ because that difference between Sam and most nerdy boys, is that he happens to understand that he is a geek, and he isn’t ashamed nor really bothered by the fact that he is one – hence why I took an almost instant liking to him). Sam is incredibly attached to movies, and often compares the fictional world to the real one. There are also a lot of movie references, whether you know them or not. The entire book is in Sam’s point of view and after reading it, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Camilla is our dear Sam’s love interest. Camilla’s character development is astonishing and I’ll even go as far as saying that her development is close to Stanley from Louis Sachar’s Holes, and that is a big statement for me to write. Camilla has a personality that is easy to love at first. She is introduced as a somewhat perfect girl with little to no flaws. This is why character development was so beautiful to read when it came to her. I loved her, and you probably will too.
Our secondary supporting characters are a joy. I particularly enjoyed Mike, who reminds you that whilst the book does mainly focus on Sam and Camilla, it’s not entirely a sappy love story. I love how the secondary characters make you care enough about them that you actually remember their moments by the end of the book
I can’t deny that Sam and Camilla’s pace of romance is cute. That’s just the general and main word for their romance, it’s just cute. They’re so innocent and not even in a way where you start screaming at the book to just confess their love already. Instead, the book allows you to appreciate the fact that they’re taking their time to figure out their emotions (Sam was a little slow though).
Overall, ‘Life in Outer Space, in an incredibly light-hearted, easy and lovable read. It pulls your heartstrings the way the violin hits a high note. You aren’t telling it to stop, nor do you even want it to stop. I recommend it to those who are looking for a romantic, non-soppy love story that fulfils your romantic needs.