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Meet Me in Outer Space

Meet Me in Outer Space

Melinda Grace

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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.

Praise for Meet Me in Outer Space from the Swoon Reads community:

"Edie’s resolve not to give up her lifelong dream for a guy is heartening ... This #ownvoices debut tackles the stigma of a hidden disability." —Booklist

"A sweet college romance that features a disability experience not often represented in teen f… More…

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.

Praise for Meet Me in Outer Space from the Swoon Reads community:

"Edie’s resolve not to give up her lifelong dream for a guy is heartening ... This #ownvoices debut tackles the stigma of a hidden disability." —Booklist

"A sweet college romance that features a disability experience not often represented in teen fiction." —School Library Journal

“I can relate to Edie. I don't have CAPD but I have ADHD and that makes everything study related/ everyday functioning super hard. Reading on because this hit so close home.” —Tara Olivia, reader on SwoonReads.com

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Praise for Meet Me in Outer Space

Praise for Meet Me in Outer Space:

"A sweet college romance that features a disability experience not often represented in teen fiction." —School Library Journal

"Edie’s resolve not to give up her lifelong dream for a guy is heartening ... This #ownvoices debut tackles the stigma of a hidden disability." —Booklist

“I loved Edie from the very first misunderstood line right to the very satisfying ending. This book was not only fun to read but showed a set of unique characters that, as a high school English teacher, I think is lacking from most YA novels. … I would love to have a copy of this book on my shelf right now for [my students] to grab. It has great humor with a strong storyline and touches on real issues that I think they should be exposed to in literature.” —Devon.Renee, reader on SwoonReads.com

A smart romantic dramedy that retells common college experiences from a fresh and unique point of view. … It will make you think and laugh. And you may learn a little bit of French along the way.” —S.C. McMurray, reader on SwoonReads.com

“I can relate to Edie. I don't have CAPD but I have ADHD and that makes everything study related/ everyday functioning super hard. Reading on because this hit so close to home.” —Tara Olivia, reader on SwoonReads.com

“I loved the inclusion of characters with disabilities which isn't often represented in this type of literature.” —Kristal, reader on SwoonReads.com

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Praise for Meet Me in Outer Space:

"A sweet college romance that features a disability experience not often represented in teen fiction." —School Library Journal

"Edie’s resolve not to give up her lifelong dream for a guy is heartening ... This #ownvoices debut tackles the stigma of a hidden disability." —Booklist

“I loved Edie from the very first misunderstood line right to the very satisfying ending. This book was not only fun to read but showed a set of unique characters that, as a high school English teacher, I think is lacking from most YA novels. … I would love to have a copy of this book on my shelf right now for [my students] to grab. It has great humor with a strong storyline and touches on real issues that I think they should be exposed to in literature.” —Devon.Renee, reader on SwoonReads.com

A smart romantic dramedy that retells common college experiences from a fresh and unique point of view. … It will make you think and laugh. And you may learn a little bit of French along the way.” —S.C. McMurray, reader on SwoonReads.com

“I can relate to Edie. I don't have CAPD but I have ADHD and that makes everything study related/ everyday functioning super hard. Reading on because this hit so close to home.” —Tara Olivia, reader on SwoonReads.com

“I loved the inclusion of characters with disabilities which isn't often represented in this type of literature.” —Kristal, reader on SwoonReads.com

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Melinda Grace

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 State University of New York at Oswego, where she earned a BA in human development. She went on to earn a MS Ed in counseling from Alfred University and currently works as an elementary school counselor. She loves sunshine, ice cream sandwiches, and anything Disney. Her debut novel Meet Me in Outer Space is an #OwnVoices story.

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