Kennedy, Katie. Learning to swear in America. Bloomsbury Teens, 2016. (Advance uncorrected proof, release date July 5, 2016). 344 pages. $17.99. ISBN 9781619639096. Ages 14-up. P8Q8
Yuri, a seventeen-year-old physics prodigy from Russia, is on loan to a secret—and desperate–NASA project to deal with a huge asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Yuri’s work with antimatter is cutting edge, but as a teenager, he is at a disadvantage in working with older physicists. Faced with a certain level of professional jealousy as well as national security agents suspicious of his Russian origin, Yuri is happy to meet Dovie, the facility janitor’s daughter. Romance, humor, friendship—with both Dovie and her paraplegic brother Lennon—ensue. Will the world end? Will Yuri ever be able to return to Mother Russia to reclaim his research? Read the book. It’s worth it.
Verdict: Highly recommended for high school and college popular reading collections as well as for public libraries. Oh, and get a copy for yourself (and one for your favorite teen geek). Did I mention that this book is truly funny?
September 2016 review by Jane Cothron.