By chance, Yuri meets a "normal" teenage girl, and she teaches him that there is life outside the classroom and that if he saves the world, he'll at least have friends to celebrate with.
If you told me that I would read (and like) a book that was heavy on MATH, I would have never believed you. This thing is, it happened!! There's a lot of freaking math in this book. A lot of science and smart people stuff, and I genuinely loved those parts the best!! It's crazy how this story took hold of my attention.
Child-prodigy Yuri Strelnikov was painfully awkward and so, so, so freaking smart, but the awkward part (and some hard-core ageism by his colleagues) made people dismiss him... and that dismissal was really dangerous for Earth because UMMM??? Genius over here!!! I loved the tension of knowing the asteroid was speeding towards the place where the planning was taking place. If they didn't listen to Yuri, if they did and Yuri was wrong, If they failed in any way, they were at the point of impact!
Now, the Collums- Dovie was a fantastic addition to this book. She teaches Yuri things about the world that he never would have learned from his scientist circle. Also, Lennon, the brother, was a favorite for me. But as much as I loved the secondary story line of Yuri finding out how "normal" teens lived, I couldn't help but think "HELLO, THERE'S A FREAKING ASTEROID COMING AND YOU SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT THAT RIGHT NOW!!!". It's insanely rude of me to want someone like Yuri to not live a life and just go and save the world, but I can't stop asteroids, so I need him to go and do that.... like NOW!! This is fiction though, so once I reminded myself of that, I was okay.
The ending kind of dragged, and really that's the only part that I didn't love. I didn't feel like I needed the events that happened after the asteroid problem played out. All that stuff probably could've been solved in 5-10 pages instead of multiple chapters.
Yuri is definitely a character I won't be forgetting anytime soon. I kept reading the book without the English articles (like the, a, an, etc.) even when they were clearly present or were in dialogue spoken by English speaking characters. I wonder how long I'll be doing that for?? While writing this, I've already been imagining these sentences without them :)
OVERALL: Such a smart, thrilling, silly, cool debut. I can't imagine telling anyone that I don't think they would like it. What's not to like about a fish-out-of-water + NASA + world-killing asteroid + social/communication/culture barriers?
Date Published: 7/5/2016
How I got this book: Thanks to Bloomsbury and Netgalley for allowing me to read and honestly review this book.
Add it to your To-Read List!!
This Book Contains:
- Killer, scary asteroid
- Southern California
- High School- GYM CLASS!!
- MATH- so much Math
- Hippies :)
My Rating: 4.5/5
Book: Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Because Yuri should know there are plenty of people who are socially awkward... and if Charlie can find his people, Yuri can too!