Learning To Swear In America- Book Review

23018259 Rate 1-10: 9

Summary: “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.” (Goodreads)

My view: As I was reading this book, I was reminded of different things from the characters and the setting. The main character, Yuri, can be described as egotistical and socially awkward, as he graduated college with a Ph.D. as others his age are graduating high school. He has funny little quirks, and combined with different aspects of him, Yuri is a typical guy found on the streets (except his stellar intelligence). Yuri’s romance with Dovie is subtle and cute, considering the clash of both personalities; it doesn’t overpower the main plot of the book but fulfills the satisfaction of integrating a romance in a book based on a science theme. Basing off of other books I have read, this story is unique, but there were times where I could not visualize what was happening, therefore parts I did not understand, like the ending when Yuri is running to Canada, but then runs backs and at the same time Lennon is under a car…it rose some questions for me.

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Published in 2016

Price: $11.38 from Amazon

 

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