19. September 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Courtney, Teen Books, Thriller/Suspense

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber, 192 pages, read by Courtney, on 09/16/2012

Perry is your usual over-achieving teenaged guy. The biggest quirk he’s got going is that his family is hosting a Lithuanian exchange student named Gobi. Near the end of her stay, Perry’s parents strong-arm him into going to prom with her. Assuming she won’t really like prom, Perry grudgingly accepts, believing he’ll have her home after a couple of hours when he can then go join the rest of his band at their first major gig in New York. They go to prom and dance once or twice, but things quickly take a turn for the strange and dangerous. Gobi changes out of her traditional Lithuanian garb and reveals herself to be older and more sophisticated than your average high school exchange student. In fact, Gobi is an assassin and she’s in need of Perry’s assistance if she’s going to hit all of her targets in one night. What follows is a madcap ride through New York with plenty of wit, gun shots and the occasional bit of illuminating insight. This is a particularly fast read. I breezed through it in one sitting and enjoyed it the whole way through. It does have its faults, but it’s so much fun that reader’s probably won’t care.

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