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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 muchanticipatedgig 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.”
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YA lit meets Hollywood shoot-em-up blockbuster.
When people-pleasing Perry agrees to take the family's Lithuanian transfer student, Gobi, to the prom, little does he suspect that she's going to shed the frumpy Eastern European wool and turn into hot vamp assassin. She's got a score to settle with some people who hurt her sister, and Perry is along for the ride whether he likes it or not.
Great fun if a little gratuitous violence and a lot of happy coincidences don't put you off.
I loved the use of college-admission essay questions as chapter headings.more
Think Tom Cruise in Collateral only cuter.more
This book follows Perry through one night that ends up being the opposite of anything he could have expected - or imagined. When his parents force him to take his family's young female foreign exchange student to prom, Perry thinks his night is ruined - he'll have a pretty tough time getting to his band's gig at the club, for one. But it turns out that the young lady is anything but what she seems - and she has a vendetta against five well-placed people in NYC. Perry is along for the ride - whether he wants to be or not.

This book is quite funny, and a ridiculously fast read. Essay topics for various college applications begin (and offer a cleverly humorous commentary) on each short chapter. Fairly predictable, but very fun.more
For a small book, this story packs one helluva punch!The plot of the book totally took me away! Seriously. The reader steps in Perry's shoes who is a nice guy. His family decides to do a foreign exchange program bringing a girl name Gobi to their home. Gobi is quiet and keeps to herself. She doesn't talk, were's crappy clothes and well is just...weird. Or so Perry thought. On the night of prom, Gobi takes Perry for an adventure of a life time. Dude, seriously Gobi is my kind of gal. Just when you think you know her...BAM! She's crazy. The plot is never boring and always kept my eyes on the paper. The more that Gobi told more of herself the more interested I became.Gobi herself is one crazy gal. Hellbent on getting revenge, Gobi has a mission. She is fierce and strong in everything that she does. There are moments where she spoke words that left me speechless. There is this one part in particular where she spoke with Perry's dad and HOT DAMN! I could not stop giggling and giving this girl props. She knows everyone and everything SPOT ON! She doesn't play games and get down to business.I'm may be a sadist when I say this but, despite what Gobi did to Perry, you can tell that there is an attraction. Gobi came to divide and conquer yet she didn't expect to see Perry bloom in one night. He went from a timid boy doing everything he is told to do, to someone who speaks his mind. Perry puts his foot down growing into a man right in front of your eyes. Perry, I'm proud of you dude!Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is an engrossing tell that you can not put down. Enthralling from the very first line, this is story will rocks your socks off. An unquestionably creative story, Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is freaking SWEET!more
Listening to the audiobook was a real treat. The reader has a full grasp of the characters he reads for and adds a rich tone to the whole book. It's a whirlwind story that sort of reminds me of a combination of the films "Adventures in Babysitting" and "True Lies". If that doesn't make you want to read it I don't know what will!more
Perry can handle living with a seriously uncool exchange student until his parents tell him he has to take her to the prom--on the same night his band finally has a club gig. It turns out Gobi isn't anything like what Perry thought as they race around New York in his father's Jaguar. A fast, funny caper novel with a high body count.more
I listened to this funny, original story. At first I felt like I was reading a Mission Impossible for middle school boys. Then it took a darker turn that made it even more appealing. I'll recommend it to boys who liked Carter Finally Gets It, Hunger Games, or Alex Rider.more
This was my first foray into YA thrillers, and I think it would appeal to teens who are thinking about college applications that also enjoy watching high octane cop shows on TV. I liked the concept of a garden-variety high achieving college applicant, weight listed at Columbia, challenged to break free from his obedience to a controlling father when his dad’s hypocrisy is revealed. The main action in the story takes place over a 24-hour period, during which high school senior Perry Stormaire begins the night by escorting the family’s foreign exchange student to a high school prom. He has been forced to take Gobi, the Lithuanian girl who has been staying with his family, to the prom by his parents, and Perry ends up as her accomplice to numerous revenge killings that for most of the night he has no idea why she is hell-bent on committing. We learn more about her while the action unfolds, as she involves Perry in one outrageous illegal act after another—initially roping him into the scheme by telling his parents that going to the prom is her one request before returning back home. Perry is equally shocked at Gobi’s transformation from a mousy, out-of-place teen from the old country into a striking, Carrie-meets-James Bond assassin as he is at the actual violent plan that she is determined to execute. He believably insists on ditching her, but can’t quite escape, and ultimately sympathizes with her plight. Reality is suspended somewhat since the NYPD would most likely find the two after Gobi’s initial crimes are committed in a New York club and cops begin their pursuit. Some of Gobi’s actions and the resolution are also somewhat unbelievable, but this is aimed at teens that may be willing to suspend belief in the interest of a satisfying ending. Each chapter begins with a different college application essay prompt that smartly ties into the advancing plot, and adds an introspective dimension to the ending. Target audience ages 14-18.more
Perry's family forces him to take the Lithuanian exchange student who has been staying with them to the prom. She wanted to go to New York City instead, to settle some scores. Perry finds himself spending the night travelling Manhattan, as the accomplice of a trained assassin on a vendetta.more
I requested Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber because it seemed so different than many of the YA novels I typically read. Clearly, I'm a fantasy fan. However, I love reading contemporary, literary, and all other kinds of YA. I just have a tendency not to pick them up as much. That said, this book was even more different than I expected. It wasn't just the genre. It was the style of writing.Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick reminds me of an action movie. There's high speed chases, heavy duty guns, a hot chick, and one crazy night. Everything happens fast, in short, clipped scenes. The book itself is quite short (190 pages) and the chapters could be as little as a couple pages. The writing lends itself well to action. No flowery language or unnecessary details. Readers get what they need to know and not much more. This helps keep the pace up.I would definitely describe Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick as "boy-friendly." There's a male POV and the narration is authentic guy. Perry is open and straightforward in his thoughts and actions. He doesn't muse over any situation longer than absolutely necessary. His voice drew me into the novel immediately because he seemed like such a typical guy, and one that has been well captured through the writing. Plus, Perry's a pretty likable character.Throughout the story, I had mixed feelings regarding Gobi. I didn't always understand her actions and reactions, though I did understand quite a bit more by the end. About 2/3 of the way in, I decided I definitely liked her.The only real problem I had with the story is that you have to suspend your understanding of reality. Now, I'm not an expert, but I'm fairly certain some of the things that happened in the book are pretty much physically impossible (let alone how unlikely they are, even if they could happen). With this type of book, it didn't bother me. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is not intended as a realistic portrayal of life, so it makes perfect sense that some aspects would be included because they make a good story, even if they aren't realistic.Final thoughts: Borrow.more
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe SchreiberReviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.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 muchanticipatedgig 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.”(Synopsis provided by goodreads)This is such a fun book! Each chapter begins with an essay question or statement for the main characters college applications. Very creative! I loved this book, it was non stop action packed! It starts out at a good pace with Perry setting the stage for what is to come, once Perry and Gobi leave his house it's packed with gun fights, high speed driving and professional assassination hits. Gobi is hilarious! Within the first 20 pages readers fall in love with her humor. This is a title that people of all ages would enjoy it's also a title that would adapt well on the big screen.Perry and Gobi are very believable characters as well as Perry's parents. The dialogue was good and the flow of this novel was wonderful, I just wish it was a little longer! I would highly recommend this novel! * Reading level: Ages 12 and up * Hardcover: 192 pages * Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; 1 edition (October 25, 2011) * ISBN-10: 0547577389 * Author: Joe Schreiber * Cover Art: I like it * Over all rating: ***** out of 5 stars * Obtained: Won an ARC from WatchYAreading. Thank youmore
How could you not pick up a book with a title like this? Under 200 pages, Au Revoir is a fast-paced story, the chapters loosely structured around various college essay questions. After Perry is guilted into taking their Lithuanian exchange student to prom, nothing in his suburban life will ever seem the same. Fans of movies like Ferris Bueller/Adventures in Babysitting/Pulp Fiction will love the style of the book, although anyone looking for a lot of character development or plot may be disappointed. Definitely a fun, if fast, read.more
It's been a while since I've read something so fast-paced, so compelling as the debut YA novel from Joe Schreiber. AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK is part mystery, part Michael Bay movie, and part John Green. There's a rock band, a foreign exchange student, and some really big guns. And a la te YA neo-classic, NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST, most of the book consists of a ridiculously eventful night in New York City.Perry, of course, has no idea he's in for this sort of adventure. When his pals found out he'd be hosting a female exchange student, they thought he was insanely lucky, imagining some hot Parisian model-type. What they don't foresee is Gobi with her greasy hair, frumpy sweaters and awkward social habits. Of course, it would be Perry's fate that he has to take Gobi to the prom on the night that his band books a serious, for-real gig at an actual club in the city. His parents won't let him out of it, but his dad lends him his jaguar. And Gobi sees something in this car that she likes -- it's perfect for a speedy getaway.Soon Perry and Gobi are sneaking into nightclubs, chasing down thugs, and fleeing mafia-types. Gobi has some serious weaponry on her, not to mention major hand-to-hand combat skills. She promises that if Perry does what she says, she'll never bother him or his family again. Of course, it isn't long before Perry learns even more about Gobi's past. And the more he gets to know her, seeing the real Gobi (admittedly, she's a really hot dress), the more Perry wonders if he really wants her out of his life after all.A fun, fast read with some serious grit up its sleeve, AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK is a not-to-be-missed title for this fall. I can practically taste the movie adaptation in the air, so get to this one before Hollywood does!more
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.more
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YA lit meets Hollywood shoot-em-up blockbuster.
When people-pleasing Perry agrees to take the family's Lithuanian transfer student, Gobi, to the prom, little does he suspect that she's going to shed the frumpy Eastern European wool and turn into hot vamp assassin. She's got a score to settle with some people who hurt her sister, and Perry is along for the ride whether he likes it or not.
Great fun if a little gratuitous violence and a lot of happy coincidences don't put you off.
I loved the use of college-admission essay questions as chapter headings.more
Think Tom Cruise in Collateral only cuter.more
This book follows Perry through one night that ends up being the opposite of anything he could have expected - or imagined. When his parents force him to take his family's young female foreign exchange student to prom, Perry thinks his night is ruined - he'll have a pretty tough time getting to his band's gig at the club, for one. But it turns out that the young lady is anything but what she seems - and she has a vendetta against five well-placed people in NYC. Perry is along for the ride - whether he wants to be or not.

This book is quite funny, and a ridiculously fast read. Essay topics for various college applications begin (and offer a cleverly humorous commentary) on each short chapter. Fairly predictable, but very fun.more
For a small book, this story packs one helluva punch!The plot of the book totally took me away! Seriously. The reader steps in Perry's shoes who is a nice guy. His family decides to do a foreign exchange program bringing a girl name Gobi to their home. Gobi is quiet and keeps to herself. She doesn't talk, were's crappy clothes and well is just...weird. Or so Perry thought. On the night of prom, Gobi takes Perry for an adventure of a life time. Dude, seriously Gobi is my kind of gal. Just when you think you know her...BAM! She's crazy. The plot is never boring and always kept my eyes on the paper. The more that Gobi told more of herself the more interested I became.Gobi herself is one crazy gal. Hellbent on getting revenge, Gobi has a mission. She is fierce and strong in everything that she does. There are moments where she spoke words that left me speechless. There is this one part in particular where she spoke with Perry's dad and HOT DAMN! I could not stop giggling and giving this girl props. She knows everyone and everything SPOT ON! She doesn't play games and get down to business.I'm may be a sadist when I say this but, despite what Gobi did to Perry, you can tell that there is an attraction. Gobi came to divide and conquer yet she didn't expect to see Perry bloom in one night. He went from a timid boy doing everything he is told to do, to someone who speaks his mind. Perry puts his foot down growing into a man right in front of your eyes. Perry, I'm proud of you dude!Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is an engrossing tell that you can not put down. Enthralling from the very first line, this is story will rocks your socks off. An unquestionably creative story, Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is freaking SWEET!more
Listening to the audiobook was a real treat. The reader has a full grasp of the characters he reads for and adds a rich tone to the whole book. It's a whirlwind story that sort of reminds me of a combination of the films "Adventures in Babysitting" and "True Lies". If that doesn't make you want to read it I don't know what will!more
Perry can handle living with a seriously uncool exchange student until his parents tell him he has to take her to the prom--on the same night his band finally has a club gig. It turns out Gobi isn't anything like what Perry thought as they race around New York in his father's Jaguar. A fast, funny caper novel with a high body count.more
I listened to this funny, original story. At first I felt like I was reading a Mission Impossible for middle school boys. Then it took a darker turn that made it even more appealing. I'll recommend it to boys who liked Carter Finally Gets It, Hunger Games, or Alex Rider.more
This was my first foray into YA thrillers, and I think it would appeal to teens who are thinking about college applications that also enjoy watching high octane cop shows on TV. I liked the concept of a garden-variety high achieving college applicant, weight listed at Columbia, challenged to break free from his obedience to a controlling father when his dad’s hypocrisy is revealed. The main action in the story takes place over a 24-hour period, during which high school senior Perry Stormaire begins the night by escorting the family’s foreign exchange student to a high school prom. He has been forced to take Gobi, the Lithuanian girl who has been staying with his family, to the prom by his parents, and Perry ends up as her accomplice to numerous revenge killings that for most of the night he has no idea why she is hell-bent on committing. We learn more about her while the action unfolds, as she involves Perry in one outrageous illegal act after another—initially roping him into the scheme by telling his parents that going to the prom is her one request before returning back home. Perry is equally shocked at Gobi’s transformation from a mousy, out-of-place teen from the old country into a striking, Carrie-meets-James Bond assassin as he is at the actual violent plan that she is determined to execute. He believably insists on ditching her, but can’t quite escape, and ultimately sympathizes with her plight. Reality is suspended somewhat since the NYPD would most likely find the two after Gobi’s initial crimes are committed in a New York club and cops begin their pursuit. Some of Gobi’s actions and the resolution are also somewhat unbelievable, but this is aimed at teens that may be willing to suspend belief in the interest of a satisfying ending. Each chapter begins with a different college application essay prompt that smartly ties into the advancing plot, and adds an introspective dimension to the ending. Target audience ages 14-18.more
Perry's family forces him to take the Lithuanian exchange student who has been staying with them to the prom. She wanted to go to New York City instead, to settle some scores. Perry finds himself spending the night travelling Manhattan, as the accomplice of a trained assassin on a vendetta.more
I requested Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber because it seemed so different than many of the YA novels I typically read. Clearly, I'm a fantasy fan. However, I love reading contemporary, literary, and all other kinds of YA. I just have a tendency not to pick them up as much. That said, this book was even more different than I expected. It wasn't just the genre. It was the style of writing.Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick reminds me of an action movie. There's high speed chases, heavy duty guns, a hot chick, and one crazy night. Everything happens fast, in short, clipped scenes. The book itself is quite short (190 pages) and the chapters could be as little as a couple pages. The writing lends itself well to action. No flowery language or unnecessary details. Readers get what they need to know and not much more. This helps keep the pace up.I would definitely describe Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick as "boy-friendly." There's a male POV and the narration is authentic guy. Perry is open and straightforward in his thoughts and actions. He doesn't muse over any situation longer than absolutely necessary. His voice drew me into the novel immediately because he seemed like such a typical guy, and one that has been well captured through the writing. Plus, Perry's a pretty likable character.Throughout the story, I had mixed feelings regarding Gobi. I didn't always understand her actions and reactions, though I did understand quite a bit more by the end. About 2/3 of the way in, I decided I definitely liked her.The only real problem I had with the story is that you have to suspend your understanding of reality. Now, I'm not an expert, but I'm fairly certain some of the things that happened in the book are pretty much physically impossible (let alone how unlikely they are, even if they could happen). With this type of book, it didn't bother me. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is not intended as a realistic portrayal of life, so it makes perfect sense that some aspects would be included because they make a good story, even if they aren't realistic.Final thoughts: Borrow.more
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe SchreiberReviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.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 muchanticipatedgig 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.”(Synopsis provided by goodreads)This is such a fun book! Each chapter begins with an essay question or statement for the main characters college applications. Very creative! I loved this book, it was non stop action packed! It starts out at a good pace with Perry setting the stage for what is to come, once Perry and Gobi leave his house it's packed with gun fights, high speed driving and professional assassination hits. Gobi is hilarious! Within the first 20 pages readers fall in love with her humor. This is a title that people of all ages would enjoy it's also a title that would adapt well on the big screen.Perry and Gobi are very believable characters as well as Perry's parents. The dialogue was good and the flow of this novel was wonderful, I just wish it was a little longer! I would highly recommend this novel! * Reading level: Ages 12 and up * Hardcover: 192 pages * Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; 1 edition (October 25, 2011) * ISBN-10: 0547577389 * Author: Joe Schreiber * Cover Art: I like it * Over all rating: ***** out of 5 stars * Obtained: Won an ARC from WatchYAreading. Thank youmore
How could you not pick up a book with a title like this? Under 200 pages, Au Revoir is a fast-paced story, the chapters loosely structured around various college essay questions. After Perry is guilted into taking their Lithuanian exchange student to prom, nothing in his suburban life will ever seem the same. Fans of movies like Ferris Bueller/Adventures in Babysitting/Pulp Fiction will love the style of the book, although anyone looking for a lot of character development or plot may be disappointed. Definitely a fun, if fast, read.more
It's been a while since I've read something so fast-paced, so compelling as the debut YA novel from Joe Schreiber. AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK is part mystery, part Michael Bay movie, and part John Green. There's a rock band, a foreign exchange student, and some really big guns. And a la te YA neo-classic, NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST, most of the book consists of a ridiculously eventful night in New York City.Perry, of course, has no idea he's in for this sort of adventure. When his pals found out he'd be hosting a female exchange student, they thought he was insanely lucky, imagining some hot Parisian model-type. What they don't foresee is Gobi with her greasy hair, frumpy sweaters and awkward social habits. Of course, it would be Perry's fate that he has to take Gobi to the prom on the night that his band books a serious, for-real gig at an actual club in the city. His parents won't let him out of it, but his dad lends him his jaguar. And Gobi sees something in this car that she likes -- it's perfect for a speedy getaway.Soon Perry and Gobi are sneaking into nightclubs, chasing down thugs, and fleeing mafia-types. Gobi has some serious weaponry on her, not to mention major hand-to-hand combat skills. She promises that if Perry does what she says, she'll never bother him or his family again. Of course, it isn't long before Perry learns even more about Gobi's past. And the more he gets to know her, seeing the real Gobi (admittedly, she's a really hot dress), the more Perry wonders if he really wants her out of his life after all.A fun, fast read with some serious grit up its sleeve, AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK is a not-to-be-missed title for this fall. I can practically taste the movie adaptation in the air, so get to this one before Hollywood does!more
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.more
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