Meet Me In Outer Space by Melinda Grace is a YA Contemporary story of a girl with an auditory disability and her struggles through college and love.
“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“
I love reading stories about disabilities, and recently, I feel like it has been the new YA trend.
But this story follows a unique character as she struggles with an auditory disorder that hinders her ability to learn. She doesn’t just have to work to overcome this, but she also has to deal with the teachers and people around her who don’t quite understand what she’s going through.
That is until she meets Hudson, who may be more than she bargained for. But her dreams of studying abroad in Paris next fall means she needs all the help she can get in French class. Reading the French dialogue was another one of my favorite parts in this book!
This book was a quick read full of sweet, romantic moments and powerful goals as she begins to reach for her dreams despite her setbacks.
I really loved exploring this disorder, and I think having it set in college was a good atmosphere for the main character. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.
There were moments when I felt like there was a bit of repetition in the dialogue and in the romance areas, but overall, I found the story to still be enjoyable.
Published: 12 March 2019
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
How I Read It: eARC from Xpresso Book Tour
“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.”
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
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