Review: Learning to Swear in America

Learning to Swear in America
Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There is a lot to like in this book. It is funny, that great snarky teenage humour I really like. It is clever, it doesn’t talk down to teenagers, the science is for real and the situations are only slightly far-fetched. Yuri, our hero, is a physics genius who has been uplifted from his normal academic life, he is a 17 year old prodigy, already with a PhD and working towards getting a Nobel prize. His skills are being harnessed to try to figure out a way of stopping a gigantic asteroid from hitting the earth and destroying much of coastal USA, the part where he is currently! But life in the USA is completely different from life at home and he has much to learn about the new ways and customs, he meets a girl, he gets to know her family, he has a heap of fun and dangerous experiences and learns a lot about life and about people, and also about girls. I think it will appeal to lots of students who want something a little deeper than the usual relationship fiction, it will work for lots of guys who want a hero who is a bit different, who isn’t all buff and cool.

My criticism really is that it is a tad too long. I felt that it lost a bit of momentum in the middle, in teen fiction you need to keep it moving along fast. It is good, it is a great fresh story, but I got a bit bogged down from the half way point.

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