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. In fact, she’s successfully hidden it from nearly everyone in her life, including her college roommate and best friend, Serena.
And for the first half of her freshman year, she has managed without assistance. Edie thought she was in control of her disability, until she meets her match with French 101 and a professor unwilling to hear 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 her, Hudson, the badly dressed but undoubtedly adorable TA in her French class, ambles in to help her out…
There are some books that you read once and love it. Then there are others where you can read it a million times over and fall in love with the story over and over again. The latter applies to Meet Me in Outer Space.
I read this book when it was originally published on Swoon Reads’s website and fell in love. Melinda’s writing is already on my must-read list, and this book was no different. Since I read this book on SR, I’ve read multiple versions of it. So when Melinda sent me a copy of the almost finished product (i.e. an advanced reader’s edition), I really tried to put it aside and get on with my responsibilities. I tried, I really did. But as soon as I picked it back up and started reading, I couldn’t stop.
First off, this is an #ownvoices story. Melinda does a fantastic job of telling the story of CAPD through her main character Edie. While Edie’s learning disability makes things harder for her, she refuses to let it make things impossible. Her resilience and determination exuded from the page, making her relatable and (most importantly) likable.
Second: the romance. I will never get tired of Wesley Hudson and Edie Kits falling in love. Everyone everywhere needs someone like Hudson in their lives—someone that fights for you and loves you no matter what. Their romance was sweet and romantic, and with all the French involved, I was swooning hard. This book is for lovers of new adult and young adult. Their romance deals with all the difficulties of dating in college and as adults, but also the confusion of still being young.
Edie has strong relationships with her friends throughout this book. Her roommate Serena is a bright light in her life, and I loved her creativity. She’s the friend that you wished you had or you wished you could’ve been to someone else. Edie’s small group of friends were perfect for her, they supported her, and the dynamic they had was wonderful.
J’aime ce livre! It gave me chills and took me to other galaxies. If you don’t fall in love with Edie and Hudson by the time you’re through then je ne sais pas—maybe we read a different book. Funny, heart wrenching, and reread worthy, Meet Me in Outer Space will easily be your favorite book of the year.
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 Ed 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.