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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on July 5, 2016
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(Last Updated On: June 10, 2022)
Brimming with humor and one-of-a-kind characters, this end-of-the world novel will grab hold of Andrew Smith and Rainbow Rowell fans.
An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid: his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize--if there's ever another Nobel prize awarded. But Yuri's 17, and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. Then he meets Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he's not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.
Prepare to laugh, cry, cringe, and have your mind burst open with questions of the universe.
Learning to Swear in America follows a Russian physicist named Yuri who may soon be the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize. However, the world may end because there’s an asteroid hurtling straight towards California, so that Nobel Prize dream may never come true.
Yuri is sent to America to help stop the asteroid from hitting Earth, though nobody really takes him seriously. That’s when he meets a girl named Dovie, who really allows him to find out what being a teenager in America is all about. He even gets taken to prom!
Yuri was such a great character. I really liked that you could tell he wasn’t American because of the way that the author made him talk. He was very lovable too, especially because of how intelligent he was. Sometimes he was so intelligent that even I felt a little taken aback!
Besides Yuri, Dovie was awesome too. She really helped Yuri break out of his shell and realize that sure, he can be super smart all the time, but he should also take some breaks from all of the hard work and experience real life as a teenager.
I mean, you’re only this young once! He should go out and adventure, which Dovie definitely has him do.
The entire storyline for Learning to Swear in America was very intriguing. I mean, an asteroid hurtling towards Earth that could potentially devastate North America?! How much more interesting could it possibly get?
I also loved that this book was borderline contemporary, even though it was mainly a science fiction novel. It combined two of my all-time favorite genres! The synopsis states that the book is perfect for fans of Andrew Smith and Rainbow Rowell, and I completely agree!
I know for sure that this is one novel that I’m going to recommend to others who are looking for a read that’s a bit different.
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