Title: Learning to Swear in America
Author: Kaite Kennedy
Publication: July 5th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Today, I’m going to do something a little different again. Instead of going paragraph by paragraph, I’m going to make a list of likes and dislikes (because I can, that’s why).
- Science and profanity have a love child that is called Learning to Swear in America and you will learn to love it because science + profanity = amazeballs
- Good science, bad science, weird science, evil science…. SCIENCE!
- Yuri. Russian Genius. Adorable count off the charts.
- Huge asteroid hurtling towards earth = “Oh Shit” moment x 10
- All of the characters are lovely, easy to relate to, and super-duper quirky.
- You will laugh so hard tears come out of your eyes and your six pack makes a come back.
- GORGEOUS FLOWY WRITING THAT WILL MAKE YOU SMILE TILL YOUR FACE BREAKS
- Pizza. Enough said.
- Swearing in Russian. Rose Hathaway approves of this message.
- Too much math and science. At least, too many in depth descriptions and explanations that went waaaayy over my head (though it is very, very clearly explained. I’m an idiot)
- Some suspension of disbelief required. Does not come pre-assembled and batteries are not included. Oh… wait…
- NOT LONG ENOUGH!
Overall, Learning to Swear in America is a fantastic read that will make you laugh, cry, giggle, scream, and everything else in-between. It is hilariously awkward and adorably quirky — it’s wonderful.