Learning to Swear in America

Learning to Swear in America

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Brought over from Russia to help NASA prevent an asteroid from colliding with Earth, seventeen-year-old physics genius Yuri feels awkward and alone until he meets free-spirited Dovie.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Childrens Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781619639102
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ken
Description: 1 online resource (345 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Seventeen-year-old Yuri is an astrophysicist who has been sent from Russia to help NASA figure out a way to save Earth from one of those pesky collision-bent, world-destroying asteroids. While just as intelligent as his older colleagues, he struggles to be taken seriously. Enter quirky teen Dovie... Read More »

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PCCLD_TAB_Teens Sep 22, 2017

This is definitely my new favorite book. It was funny, easy to understand, and best of all, interesting. Even after being busy with other books or not reading this one for a while, it stayed on my mind because it was just so memorable. I love the book, really. The plot is great, and ending is the perfect kind of chaotic good that an ending should have, and the characters were lovely. It was well written and made perfect sense to me. I love telling my friends about different parts of this because there are just so many notable, funny parts. I am definitely going to reread this book, many times!

Feb 16, 2017

The comments already added say everything I would say. Loved this story, loved the characters and no need to suspend your disbelief, this novel reads like it could really happen.

Cute, quirky, and funny. You will love Yuri, a smart but socially clueless Russian teen, and his quirky new American girlfriend, Dovie. Oh, and he is trying to save the world from an asteroid! Perfect for fans of young adult realistic fiction who like a touch of science fiction.

LPL_MiriamW Oct 14, 2016

Any fan of science fiction will come across at least one story about an asteroid about to destroy the Earth. Kennedy puts a funny, unusual spin on it, though by putting most of the pressure to stop the disaster on the shoulders (or rather brains) of a 17 year old Russian genius, Yuri.
While he struggles with frightening choices and the crushing pressure to make the right decisions, he is also faced with his first real trip away from home, a different culture that he can't seem to fully understand, and a kooky young woman named Dovie who keeps popping up in his life.

A great pick for readers who like their science fiction funny with a little romance.

Beatricksy Oct 03, 2016

Well, I read that whole thing in, what, three hours? I couldn't put it down! It's awesome. Clever, funny, extremely tense, and even though it's steeped in hard science, it explains everything so you don't feel too lost--rather like The Martian, but with only a fraction of the cursing.

JCLChrisK Sep 30, 2016

A most unusual premise. An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and there's very little time to prepare. Since the point of impact will be San Francisco, NASA is on the job of figuring out what to do. To help, they have brought in Russia's boy wonder, a 17-year-old genius who has been conquering the world of theoretical physics. Yuri has been transported under tight security (some parts of the team are privy to sensitive national secrets) and is told to stick to his task and ignore everything else.

Yuri has never been anything but focused. Math and his ideas have been the only friends he's ever known, since same-age peers have not been an option. Yet, the pressure, the strangeness of the situation, and the knowledge that he'll die in a few days if the mission fails have combined to influence Yuri in new ways. He takes note of the daughter of a custodial staff member who shows up on campus one day, and before he knows it Yuri is acting like a teenager for the first time in his life--sneaking out to hang out with friends and learning there is more to life than numbers. Good for Yuri, maybe not so good for the state of the world.

Yuri is an unusual character in an unusual situation, but that doesn't make his story any less relatable. I found it to be fascinating, exciting, and engaging. It's definitely worth checking out.


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Jan 28, 2017

[Lennon:] "'Damn' is an all-purpose swear word. You really can’t go wrong."

Jan 28, 2017

[Yuri:] "It's like you people have magnetic spines. You get within half a meter of some wall and—sloooop—you touch it. ... You tell Russian to stand by wall, hour later he'll still be standing by wall. Not touching it." He shook his head. "Your spies have no chance." ... [later] ... "We are cabbage-powered people. It's what gives us strength to stand near walls without leaning on them."


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