August 18, 2012
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.”
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick (Perry & Gobi #1)
by Joe Schreiber
Publish Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
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If there is one thing that I have been absolutely dying to read it is Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. Seriously with a title like that, my curiosity has been piqued and once I read the description I was ready to kill somebody so I could read the book. So, when I finally began reading, I found myself hooked on the prologue where the main character, Perry, has been shot and a mysterious somebody comes up to him and says that she had a great time that night.
By the time I began Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick I didn’t want to stop and that’s a great thing because it’s so rare in YA that I find a novel that manages to fully grasp my attention and has me excited for what must come next in a chapter.
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick takes place in New York City on Prom Night where Perry (like Perry the Platypus for those of you who get the reference) has been forced by his father to take their foreign exchange student Gobija (or Gobi for short) to Prom. Once arriving at the Prom and things go sour, Perry finds himself an accomplice and hostage for Gobi as she reveals herself to be a Lithuanian assassin of sorts. From that point on the story was thrilling!
Not only does Gobi pose a massive threat to Perry and his family, but she transforms from this nerdy geek and into the gorgeous exchange student that Perry fantasized about before her arrival to New York. I loved Gobi as a character just because she was obviously such a badass. She has an arsenal of weapons, the ability to fight and is a femme fatale who wants revenge. All the while Perry is stuck following her with the threat of her killing him and blowing up his house with his family inside on his shoulders.
The dialogue between the two characters, and the people they came across, was all pretty laugh out loud hilarious. Author Joe Schreiber has an excellent taste of humor and an even better writing style. In most YA, action scenes are overthought and become unrealistic—that isn’t the case in Au Revoir because every high paced street chase and confrontations met with gunfire nothing was overthought. You’re caught up in the moment with Perry and Gobi and you will love every minute of it.
And, just in case all the action above hasn’t gotten you just yet, there’s still a bit of romance that is thrown into the mixture. Perry finds himself falling for Gobi’s tricks and charms and that just makes the situations placed in front of us all the more entertaining and dangerous.
I would recommend Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick to fans of Nikita, readers who like non-stop action and badass characters. This is one novel that I definitely want to see on the big screen.
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