Learning to Swear in America


Yuri Strelnikov, a 17-year-old Russian physics prodigy, finds himself whisked to the United States to find a way to prevent an asteroid from hitting the Earth. If Yuri fails, the western half of the United States will be obliterated. To Yuri, this could be his one big chance to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Something he’s wanted for his whole life.

The second he arrives at NASA, Yuri is faced with a multitude of problems. The first being the fact that no one in NASA trusts him or wants to listen to some upstart 17-year-old. Consequentially, Yuri cannot get some of the information he needs to calculate the functions. At this point Yuri really needs to swear, but he doesn’t know how to, so he placates himself by thinking venomous thoughts about the other physicists.

Then, Yuri meets a normal teenage girl by the name of Dovie, who lives a normal life, and goes to a normal school. Dovie is absolutely oblivious to the impending doom she faces at the hands of an asteroid; if NASA doesn’t destroy it. Hanging out with Dovie, and joining her on the adventures she plans when Yuri is free of obligations to NASA, Yuri understands what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.


This book is an 9 out of 10. It extremely funny in every way while still pulling at your heartstrings. I think the one thing I really enjoyed about this book is that it is very easy to connect to no matter who you are or where you come from. The author has put a lot of work into the characters and their personality, that even the smallest quirks have certain complexity behind them, that is hard to put into words. All in all, this book is amazing, and I would highly recommend giving it a chance.


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