Saturday, March 16, 2019

Meet Me in Outer Space by Melinda Grace

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.

Author: Melinda Grace (Website, Twitter, Goodreads page)
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Buy online: Amazon | Book Depository
**The ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
(Actual) Rating: 2 of 5 stars

Meet Me in Outer Space fully understands the point of view how Edie Kits has to perceive her disability, trying to explain what or how it really is for her. Pure luck, as she has mentioned when she got through her French 101. With her mind set on spending the summer in Paris, her French will not be pretty without the essence of educating the language which can give her the anxiety she is avoiding. She may have struggled through it but fashion and Paris - her yes to everything has her heart yearning for more.

The initial part of the book has me focused and very much curious to Edie. I give respect to that her disability is not to be overlooked. The book would have been very pleasing if not only do the readers get an inside to Edie's POV, but I was very much hoping to get Hudson's POV as well because the relationship they both present and creating through the pages does not have much impact to me. It was not even clear for both of them although at the end they found closure and patched things up. I felt like Edie's feelings are not genuine or something like forced to like Hudson whilst she actually intended to like another.

Another problem is the friend of Edie, Serena, who is known to be her supportive friend. She also happens to be one with lacking the courtesy towards both the main character's with the said relationship. I do not know if it is just me but I am afraid I did not find anything significant in the story. A bit cliché and there were times I find such scenarios to be cringey, as if the relationship focused only on it. It gives me a slight distraction, honestly speaking.

I truly wanted to like Meet Me in Outer Space however it failed me to see her dream turned into reality to come and have the time of her life in Paris.

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