Learning to Swear in America

Title: Learning to Swear in America

Author: Kaite Kennedy

Series: Standalone

Publication: July 5th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 352

Source: Netgalley

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.

My Thoughts:

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.
  • 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…

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.



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