Published by Swoon Reads on March 12, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you probably know by now that I can ALWAYS go for a cute YA contemporary. That being said, Meet Me In Outer Space delivered on that front!
In Meet Me In Outer Space, we follow our protagonist, Edie, who is struggling in her French class due to a learning disability that her professor will not make adequate accommodations for. Her TA, Hudson, offers to tutor her to help her bring her grade up, and cute romance ensues.
One thing I loved about this book was that it’s exactly the college-aged YA that so many readers have been begging publishers for. I always love reading books set in college, and Meet Me in Outer Space was no exception. One of my favorite things about this was just reading about Edie’s day-to-day life as a college student. Plus, we get some awesome fashion elements, since she is studying to work in the fashion industry. Edie, as a character, is so driven and goal-oriented. She has such a clear idea about her future, which I enjoyed since it felt a lot like how I was in college. Additionally, Edie’s Central Auditory Processing Disorder was #ownvoices representation, which was wonderful to see! We get insight into how Edie’s CAPD affects everyday processes in her life, but it’s not the central focus of the narrative. We see how frustrating it can be when people don’t validate her disability as a “real” thing.
The friend group in this book was SO fun to read about, too. They gave me all the college vibes, for sure. I especially loved Edie’s friendship with her roommate, Serena.
Really, this book is very straightforward: you go in expecting a cute romance, and that’s exactly what you get. It may be a little surface-level, but that doesn’t diminish the quality of the romance. Hudson, Edie’s love interest, is exactly the kind of nerdy book boyfriend that is my kryptonite. He was so endearing (and so full of puns!). The last scene, in particular, felt so cinematic and vivid, and it definitely had me swooning a little bit.
Overall, if you’re looking for a cute romance set in college, with plenty of heart (and lots of French!), I highly recommend checking out Meet Me In Outer Space.
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