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Learning to Swear in America (edició 2016)

de Katie Kennedy (Autor)

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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.
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Títol:Learning to Swear in America
Autors:Katie Kennedy (Autor)
Informació:Bloomsbury USA Childrens (2016), 352 pages
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There's an asteroid coming and it's going to be a planet-killer if it strikes. Yuri is a 17-year-old Russian prodigy, and the only expert on antimatter in the world. He's on loan to JPL to help their scientists. In between doing the math that could save life as we know it, he meets Dovie.

It's a bit manic pixie dream girl, with free spirit Dovie teaching Yuri how to live and enjoy life. But I still enjoyed it. It was incredibly fun, despite the apocalyptic premise. I really loved meeting the characters and watching Yuri come out of his shell. I honestly had no clue how the book would end (there was a will he/won't he return to Russia question throughout, and it could have gone either way until almost the very end of the book, and I think I would have accepted either possible ending), so enjoyed the constant guessing. After awhile, I just hung on for the ride.

A quick read with some profound thoughts on what was most important in life: accomplishing something or being acknowledged for the accomplishment? ( )
  wisemetis | Dec 7, 2020 |
I saw this on display at my local library, so I decided to read it.

STORY:
"So he had two problems. He had to save the world, and he had to save himself" (pg 50)
In Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy (346 pages), Yuri Strelnikov's been brought from Russia to stop an asteroid from utterly destroying California. Along his two weeks, he has to deal with condescending NASA workers, freeing hs emotions, and a Russian professor back home trying to steal Yuri's life research on antimatter. Not to mention he finds a cute girl with brown and yellow hair, a tongue stud, and hippie parents, and NASA bureaucratically kidnapping him.

I really liked the artistic/creative way Dovie (and her family) tried to teach Yuri to deal with his emotions.

The first of half of the story was great, interesting and a bunch of anticipation. However, I didn't like the other half, and it was a struggle to finish. I started skimming through pages that I should have wanted to devour. I like a little romance in my books a lot, but I just did not care for the romantic subplot that began to take over the main plot. Like, why would someone goof off at a high school with their GF, when the fate of the world is in their hands? SN: Dovie caught feelings for Yuri way too fast.

There were a few "suicidal" jokes that albeit weren't particularly bad, didn't need to be made.

CHARACTERS:
."He wanted to cry. It was okay to cry, he told himself. It was work-related, and men could cry because of job stress. But his cheeks were dry as he fell asleep" (pg 45)..
Yuri was okay. Nothing startling interesting about him, but nothing really upsetting about him either. Maybe he was a bit hornier than expected. I like that though he was a foreigner he wasn't truly the funny foreigner trope. Of course, he didn't get every American idiom (but not in a way that undermines his intelligence), and he very much wanted to learn some English curse words.

Dovie, I liked and disliked. Sometimes, she seemed so nice and other times a little jealous/petty. She kind of hated this big-breasted girl for getting better grades than her in art class (but good art can be subjective at times, you know). Like, do you hate the unfair grade you received or are you just mad a girl chose to wear a low-cut shirt? Anyway, I enjoyed Dovie when she was a cameo, but then she started taking up too much of the story's focus.

I didn't care too much about the cast of characters.

OVERALL:

The beginning started promising, but it ended on a flat note for me. You might think differently though, so check it out for yourself! ( )
  DestDest | Oct 11, 2018 |
I would have never picked this book up had it not been recommended to me by a trusted friend, and what a shame that would have been because "Learning to Swear in America" was delightful! I adored Yuri, the 17 year-old physics genius from Russia. He was such a breath of fresh-air with his suits, cultural differences and social awkwardness. I just wanted to take him home - he was adorable. He wa kind and funny and so alone, and I sympathised with his frustration when the older scientists wouldn't listen to him even though he know how to stop the asteroid using antimatter.

Then there were the secondary characters. I loved Dovie and her family, especially Lennon, her wheelchair-bound brother. They welcomed Yuri into their lives with open arms. Dovie's driving had me cringing along with Yuri and Lennon, and the banter between the three of them was hilarious. And poor Myshka! I was horrified at what happened to him, but I still found myself giggling - I am a truly horrible person! I honestly didn't expect to be laughing out loud throughout this book considering NASA was trying to stop an asteroid from destroying Earth.

Katie Kennedy did a wonderful job writing a charming, entertaining novel with quirky, loveable characters. Even her Author Notes had me smiling. However, "Learning to Swear in America" also had depth and a sense of urgency which kept me turning the pages. Highly recommended. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Nov 14, 2017 |
Katie Kennedy's LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA is young adult science fiction that old folks, like me, can enjoy just as much as the youngsters. Full disclosure, I was a critique partner with Katie, so I saw this tale early on. Of course, all that really means is that I got to fall in love with this novel before most people got to see it.
This is the story of Yuri, a Russian physics prodigy who comes to America to help NASA deal with an asteroid that is hurtling toward Earth. Not only does he have to contend with the Government and the jealousies of older scientists, but he also has his own teenage awkwardness to cause him grief. It isn’t easy when he finds himself going from the sheltered existence of a Russian prodigy to the chaos of American youth culture. He finds American allies in Dovie, an odd-ball in her own right, and Lennon, her wheelchair-bound brother.
Yuri is lacking in social confidence but doesn’t give up trying. Dovie is a definite social outsider, but without the doom-and-gloom attitude so often associated with such a character. Her brother is a snarky wise-guy, but is admirable in not letting his handicap hold him back. The three together are a team you can’t help but root for, especially near the end where things get really sticky. It is so refreshing to see the action carried by these three rather than stereotypically beautiful and athletic heroes.
After such a great debut, I’m looking forward to see what Katie does next.
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  AugustvonOrth | Apr 20, 2017 |
Quick read, with just the right amount of suspense toward the end, about two gifted teenagers learning their way. ( )
  amac121212 | Nov 12, 2016 |
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