Learning To Swear In America

February 8, 2017

Author: Katie Kennedy.


An asteroid is hurtling towards Earth, and the fate of cities hangs on the performance of a select group of scientists at NASA. One of them is 17, Russian, and aiming for a Nobel Prize.

Yuri’s on loan from Russia for this emergency, but the physicist prodigy is finding the Americans unwilling to make full use of his abilities – they don’t believe he knows what he’s talking about when he declares anti-matter is the only way to destroy the asteroid. Along the way of convincing them, he falls in with Dovie, a normal(ish) teenager who may be able to teach him what being a teen can be like.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed the humor and the fairly layered characters, but the main character (Yuri) being something of an idiot didn’t endear him to me. He’s supremely self-confident; never really listens to anyone’s thoughts or opinions before changing important coding, sneaking looks at top-secret information he thinks he needs, or playing hooky to hang out with a girl instead of figuring out how to save Earth. I understand that he’s just a teenager, but the fate of cities is (apparently) swinging around him and his team, and he’s off dancing at the prom.

Content Review:

Sexual Content: Character thinks, “He would go home, exaggerate his role, and maybe get laid.” Multiple instances of kissing; one instance of two characters kissing and some groping on the floor. Character complains about high-school students dressing in low-cut shirts and short skirts. “If it doesn’t work – if we miss asteroid – will you have sex with me real fast before we die?” “No, you perv,”. The main character, a teenager boy, has perhaps three instances of passing sexual thoughts, wondering whether this or that girl would have sex with him.

Language: 27 d***, 21 scatological terms, 15 hell, 4 F-words, 3 a**h*le, 3 derogatory terms

Violence: One character punches another in the stomach. Character says that when a student gets a problem wrong in math class, the teacher makes them feed a dwarf hamster to the teacher’s snake.


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