Meet Me in Outer Space
Publication date: March 12th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Smart and unflinching, this #OwnVoices debut contemporary novel stars an ambitious college student who refuses to be defined by her central auditory processing disorder.
Edie Kits has a learning disability. Well, not a learning disability exactly, but a disability that impacts her learning. It isn’t visible, it isn’t obvious, and it isn’t something she likes to advertise.
And for three semesters of college, her hard work and perseverance have carried her through. Edie thinks she has her disability under control until she meets her match with a French 102 course and a professor unwilling to help her out.
Edie finds herself caught between getting the help she needs and convincing her professor that she isn’t looking for an easy out. Luckily for Edie, she has an amazing best friend, Serena, who is willing to stitch together a plan to ensure Edie’s success. And then there’s Hudson, the badly dressed but undoubtedly adorable TA in her French class who finds himself pulled into her orbit…
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Meet Me in Outer Space is a sweet, heartachingly real story of love and college life by debut author Melinda Grace
Meet Me in Outer Space is a heartwarming story about a girl, Edie, who has a central auditory processing disorder but refuses to let it hold her back. Along with her fantastic friends and a potential new love interest, she works to overcome her disability and pass her French class so she can follow her dream of studying in Paris and majoring in fashion.
Edie’s friends were probably my favorite part of this book. They were amazing and so supportive of her no matter what, the type of friends that everyone aspires to have. I also appreciated how Edie’s best friend, Serena, reminds Edie that she doesn’t owe anything to any guy just because they’re interested in her – something I feel is an important message. I loved seeing how supportive Edie was of her friends, as well. She made every one of her friends’ volleyball games and was always their biggest fan.
The love interest, Hudson, was also a delight. He was so sweet, and very respectful of Edie throughout. There were parts that were pretty swoon-worthy with Hudson, and it made me hope that they would get together from the beginning! Their inside jokes and playful teasing were adorable.
I also loved the “outer space” theme. I’m obsessed with anything space related, so all the outer space references really made me smile. Overall, I thought this book was super cute and I enjoyed my time reading it. I was sad when it was over and really wanted more, although I was happy with how the story turned out. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a cute own voices contemporary!
My Rating: ★★★★
Melinda Grace wrote her first piece of fiction in middle school, but didn’t write a complete story until an introduction to creative writing course at SUNY Oswego, where she earned a BA in human development. She went on to earn a MS E.D. in counseling and currently works as a school counselor. When she’s not guiding the youth of America, she’s planning her next vacation to Disney World, laminating anything she can get her hands on, and binge watching Netflix. MEET ME IN OUTER SPACE is her debut novel, publishing March 2019.