22. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Teen Books

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber, 192 pages, read by Angie, on 01/19/2013

Au Revoir, Crazy European ChickPerry is your typical over-achieving high school kid who is pressured to succeed by his over-bearing father. His family takes in a Lithuanian exchange student named Gobi. Gobi is strange and quiet and doesn’t really fit in. Strangely, Gobi wants to go to the prom and Perry gets pressured into taking her. He figures it will be a quick night and he can get out of it early and meet his band in NY to play a concert. Little does he know how his night is going to end up. Gobi forces him on a madcap adventure through NY. Turns out Gobi is not the strange, plain high school student he thought she was. She is much older, more sophisticated and hotter than she has let on. And she has spent the last nine months undercover at Perry’s house as she plans a streak of assassinations on prom night. Perry is forced to go along with her criminal spree. Along the way we learn more about Perry and Gobi and what motivates them.

This is a quick, mad-cap read. I really couldn’t put it down. The story is so crazy and fast-paced that at times you can’t believe what is happening. I think my favorite part of the book was the chapter titles. They are all essay questions from college applications and fit with the story perfectly. I hope they are actual questions because that would make your college application much more interesting. I like Perry’s journey in this book. At the beginning he is basically under the thumb of his father doing anything asked. By the end of this adventure he has grown a backbone and is able to stand up for himself and what he wants out of life.

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