Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There are certain types of stories that will always hook me in, almost no matter what. Stories where an asteroid is hurtling toward earth for an extinction-level event is certainly one of them, and Learning to Swear in American is a YA title that handles the concept in a fun and different way. With shades of The Martian as well as a basic fish-out-of-water/teen struggle story following a Russian teenager who figures out what's going on with the asteroid and how to stop it, this ends up being a really enjoyable story on a whole with a fun lead character, a slightly-realistic-but-still-out-there premise, and a lot of interesting little tidbits on the side.
The science focus is a fun plus, as is the relationships and the Americanization of the teen in many ways. There are so many subtle things that happen in this book that I loved as an adult reader, and there's enough for everyone in the intended audience that this ends up being one of the better YA books out this year. Plus, look at that cover!
Highly recommended. Really a fun read from start to finish.
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