Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber – REVIEW

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
Release Date: October 25th, 2011
Houghton Mifflin Books, 192 Pages
Sub-genre: Contemporary
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult

Ferris Bueller meets La Femme Nikita in this funny, action-packed young adult novel.

It’s prom night—and Perry just wants to stick to his own plan and finally play a much-anticipated gig with his band in the Big Apple. But when his mother makes him take Gobija Zaksauskas—their quiet, geeky Lithuanian exchange student—to the prom, he never expects that his ordinary high school guy life will soon turn on its head. Perry finds that Gobi is on a mission, and Perry has no other choice but to go along for a reckless ride through Manhattan’s concrete grid with a trained assassin in Dad’s red Jag.

Infused with capers, car chases, heists, hits, henchmen, and even a bear fight, this story mixes romance, comedy, and tragedy in a true teen coming-of-age adventure—and it’s not over until it’s “au revoir.”

Looking for an action-packed, explosion filled, super secret spy YA book? Look no further.

Perry is thrown into a crazy world full of dodging bullets and taking punches all on prom night. A night that he wanted to spend jamming out with his band but was forced to take his dorky European exchange student to prom instead. Only she turns out to be much more than an exchange student.

If you want something high-intensity, this is the book to go to. While Perry and Gobi aren’t very fleshed out, I think the book is more plot driven than anything else. Gobi is trying to kill people and that’s what’s really driving the book. And also, maybe Perry and Gobi aren’t very fleshed out so that the reader can easily step into the shoes of Perry (a la Bella in Twilight). Minus the whole romance thing, because there is zilch in this book.

Was this my favorite read of the year? No. But it’s cute and if you want something short and sweet, this is it.

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