Here is the official blurb from Goodreads:
AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK by Joe Schreiber
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.”.
This book was a 2011 BEA Buzz book selection. My crit group did a book swap, and I beat out the others for this title.
Perry is a boy who is doing everything right. He studies hard, works hard, and has a job at his father’s company. His father has his life planned out, and Perry always does what his father tells him to, even when it’s the opposite of what he wants. Then he gets ordered by to take Gobi, the exchange student living in his home, to the prom. She’s weird, awkward, rude, and not the most attractive girl. At the prom, Gobi reveals that she’s not exactly who she’s been pretending to be. That’s when the book really begins.
This book has wild pacing. It reads like an action flick with guns, blow ’em ups, and wild car chases through New York City. Plus there’s some humor thrown in. Gobi is a little psychotic, but Perry is fascinated by her. We see him move from bewilderment to fear to attraction over the course of the book. And he goes from a mere observer to a more active participant as the mystery unfolds.
Despite Perry’s attraction to Gobi, she remains a fairly one-dimensional character in the book. The mystery of her isn’t fully resolved. Rather she is a secretive, awkward “other” who morphs into an avenging angel with a skill for weapons and subterfuge. The lack of characterization bothered me, but I can see where it would appeal to others. She is the hot female in the video game, the siren upon which Perry’s beliefs are wrecked. But she is merely a shadow. Even when Gobi’s back story is revealed, my opinion didn’t change. I think that may be a result of the hurried timeline of the book – the majority of the adventure happens on a single night. But in the end, the story’s conclusion didn’t work for me. With Gobi so undefined, I didn’t believe in Perry’s transforming feelings for her.
A great read for fans of action flicks, fast pacing, and a dose of humor.
Find it on Goodreads.
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