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Learning to Swear in America

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Engaging blend of romance, sci-fi, and culture clash.

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Katie Kennedy's debut novel is engaging, funny, romantic, and suspenseful, and it introduces us to a quirky but likable hero in Russian teen Yuri Strelnikov. Yuri's awkwardness, loneliness, and desire to fit in make it surprisingly easy to relate to a boy genius who, let's face it, is also a bit full of himself. Dovie and her oddball family show us and Yuri that life, and the great big world out there, have so much to offer those who reach out to it.

Some events are a bit too coincidental, but readers who can just accept the premise and let themselves go along with Learning to Swear in America will be rewarded. Yuri's an unusual kind of hero, and readers may be surprised to find themselves rooting for him so easily. The well-structured plot keeps the pages turning and builds to an exciting finish that doesn't end where you think it will.

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