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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…
"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.
“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
Say bonjour to the first of four wonderful new authors joining the Swoon Reads family, Melinda Grace! We fell hard for her wonderfully voice-y tale of a girl with CAPD who reluctantly enlists the help of the super-cute TA to pass French 101 in Meet Me in Outer Space. #OwnVoices! What inspired you to write Meet Me in Outer Space ...read moreauthors, Meet Me in Outer Space, books, Swoon Reads, Melinda Grace, swoonworthy, news, Meet the Author, ninth list, Season 9, selection
Dear Readers,Hello Winter! And Happy New Year Swoon Readers and Writers!We're excited to share the newest manuscripts chosen for publication. I can't think of a fun-ner way to kick-off 2017. Once again you've helped us find the freshest new stories, and we were blown away by the talent of those who submitted. Thank you for ...read moreannouncement, authors, Men in Tights, Meet Me in Outer Space, Danielle Banas, Jessika Fleck, Surviving Adam Meade, books, The Offering, Swoon Reads, Melinda Grace, Shannon Klare, swoonworthy, news, ninth list, Season 9, selected, manuscripts, picks, new