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Meet Me in Outer Space Melinda Grace

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A girl with an auditory processing disorder enlists the help of a cute TA to pass her French class.

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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…

Excerpt

"You never took a boring Cambridge in pie school?" Dr. Galloway, my academic adviser, asked. His head inclined to the left, his fingertips pressed into the oversized metal desk that separated us in his small, muggy, windowless office.

I stared at him. Took a boring Cambridge in pie school. That's what I'd just heard.

You never took a boring Cambridge in pie school?

Think Edie, think. Deep breath. I should have been watching him and not scanning his bookshelf. Come on. Come on. What did he say? Ugh. What did he just say?

Don't say huh. Don't ask what. Don't ask him to repeat himself.

He’s going to think I don’t pay attention in class and that was why I’m failing. He’s going to think I’m just like all the other millennials he advises, complaining about their classes being too hard. He’s going to think I didn’t care enough to listen, but between the hum of the halogen lights, the fan in his ancient desktop computer, and the faint sound of music in the distance I was doomed.

"I'm sorry, what?" I stuttered. It wasn’t happening; I wasn’t going to figure that one out on my own and I didn’t know him well enough to guess.

"I said: you never took a foreign language in high school?”

Foreign language. Not boring Cambridge. Pie school? God, Edie. Get it together.

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Praise

“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

“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

“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

“Excellent character development, plot, and use of humor with an unexpected and beautiful ending. As an educator who works with students with disabilities, I found this book particularly meaningful. As I read, I thought about all my students and the challenges they go through just because they learn differently. There are truly not enough books out there that describe disabilities in a fun and natural way while depicting the unseen struggle that people to go through in order to achieve. Meet Me In Outer Space brings clarity to the misconceptions about unseen disabilities and learning challenges in an extremely relatable way through humorous dialogue and well-written narratives.” —Andy Ruby

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

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94 comments on "Meet Me in Outer Space"

Sweet&Girly on May 17, 2017, 6:24 a.m. said:

Sweet&Girly


I read your "you, me and the universe". Is it being published?

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Melinda Grace on May 17, 2017, 8:51 p.m. said:

Melinda Grace


Cross your fingers real tight that it's my next book...assuming you liked it, of course!

=P =P

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FoodLover77Penguin on April 22, 2017, 10:15 a.m. said:

FoodLover77Penguin


I'm loving this story so far!

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Veronica Mondragon on March 28, 2017, 3:22 p.m. said:

Veronica Mondragon


Its freshness.

I haven't read anything quite like this.

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Bauergirl on March 13, 2017, 11:55 p.m. said:

Bauergirl


I like the character, I'm very interested in seeing how she works hard despite her issues. She's feisty...

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Morgan Wright on March 12, 2017, 9:14 p.m. said:

Morgan Wright


SQUEEEEEEEEE! This book was amazing!

I might compare it to Anna and the French Kiss series. Just like that, it was nice and fluffy. A feel-good sort of book.

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Melinda Grace on March 13, 2017, 7:31 p.m. said:

Melinda Grace


Thanks for the squeeee! The highest compliment one can receive for a YA romance novel! :)

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Morgan Wright on March 11, 2017, 3:42 p.m. said:

Morgan Wright


I love this story so far! I like how the author includes a lot of Eldie's inner dialogue, it keeps me entertained! This story is very humorous so far. Something the author could improve on is more sensible phrases? In chapter three, it mentions something about the president of Hello, Beautiful's mom being Eldie's teacher, but it took me a while to figure that out because it said her mom was the class itself.

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luna204 on March 3, 2017, 2:46 p.m. said:

luna204


I love the book. I personally think this book is original. Definatly a yay

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Kelly Carter on Feb. 16, 2017, 11:28 a.m. said:

Kelly Carter


Very sweet story. Love that the heroes have learning disabilities but are very strong because of them. There were a couple of places that need editors touch but other than that a very strong book.

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