Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA's mysterious Interworlds Agency. They're not exactly sure what the top-secret program entails, but they know they want in. Rosa has her brilliant parents' legacies to live up to, and Eddie has nowhere else to go--he's certainly not going to stick around and wait for his violent father to get out of jail. Even if they are selected, they have no idea what lies in store. But first they have to make it through round after round of crazy-competitive testing.
And then something happens that even NASA's scientists couldn't predict . . .
From the author of the acclaimed Learning to Swear in America comes another high-stakes adventure that's absolutely out of this world.
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About the Author
Katie Kennedy is the author of Learning to Swear in America and a college history instructor. She has a son in high school, and a daughter in college. She lives in Iowa--where the Interworlds Agency might be--and has a cornfield in her backyard. She hopes Rosa and Eddie land in it someday.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another earth out there somewhere, with someone just like you, only a little different – that’s the intriguing premise behind this twisty and fun sci-fi romp. The story opens with a series of tests, both obvious and hidden, as high school students Rosa and Eddie, each haunted in different ways by a parent’s legacy, compete to become the newest specialists to train with the Interstellar Agency, in charge of contact with other dimensions. As she did in Learning to Swear in America, Kennedy blends a fine ear for dialogue with complex characters, a crackling adventure of a plot, and just the right amount of pathos so that the hilarious one-liners and the scientific thrills never overshadow the complexities of human relationships.
I was engaged by the book very quickly and all the way through. Funny and imaginative writing.
It has been my experience that very few books actually live up to the praise heaped up on the back cover. I mean, even when the books are awesome, they're rarely just what that little blurb makes them out to be. However whomever wrote the one for Katie Kennedy's What Goes Up was dead-on. It is action-packed and it is wildly funny. In fact, it's directly responsible for keeping my child up an extra half hour past her hoped-for bedtime because we were too busy giggling at the knock-knock jokes. Rosa, Eddie, and the alternate are wonderful kids in What Goes Up. Smart, funny, and brave, they are too good to be true, but given the type of book this is, they're absolutely perfect. Katie Kennedy hooked me with the humor in What Goes Up, but it was the characters who kept me paying attention. I couldn't help but cheer them on. Even the bald pickle-snapper who plays second violin to the teens. Is it realistic? No, not really. But it's a feel-good, laugh out loud book when you need one, and I wasn't aware of just how badly I needed one. Katie Kennedy's What Goes Up proves once again that a talented writer can mix comedy and science fiction and make a book magic. I really had no clue where things were headed in this book, and had actually put off reading it for a while because I was afraid I was going to get a typical case of insta-love romance disguised as a sci-fi book. Because, y'know, it's a young adult science fiction book. (I would like to offer my apologies for that assumption to the author right now. But really, it's almost every other young adult sci-fi author's fault!) Full of action, snark, and think on your feet moments, What Goes Up is a fast paced adventure that begs to be read. From the moment Rosa's waiting for the future to catch up to her to the gold-plated finish, What Goes Up is a book worth reading. It won't appeal to everyone but it definitely has my seal of approval! I mean, I can't even think of a single thing I want to criticize and how often does that happen? Definitely on the list for best books I've read in 2017! Disclaimer: I recieved a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.