- Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
- Format: Hardback | 190 pages
- Dimensions: 142mm x 211mm x 23mm | 272g
- Publication date: 25 October 2011
- Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
- ISBN 10: 0547577389
- ISBN 13: 9780547577388
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 705,774
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 muchanticipated 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."
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Joe Schreiber is the author of adult novels DEATH TROOPERS, CHASING THE DEAD and EAT THE DARK. This is his first young adult novel.
By MissPageTurner 05 Mar 2013
AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK displays a pretty crazy night in the life of Perry who just wanted to spend prom night on his own terms. But that's not the night Gobi, the exchange student who is living with his family, has planned. Soon Perry finds out that Gobi isn't who she pretented to be and things get out of control. This night is packed with explosions, wild chasings and personal damage. So much action!
New York is the setting for the killing mission Gobi is on. Bright, colourful and busy New York. It's the most hectic - and also very fitting - city Joe Schreiber could have chosen for all the shootings and complots.
But it's not only about the action. Each chapter starts with a sentence like this:
What invention would the world be better off without, and why? (Kalamazoo College) ~ p. 95
Perry is in the process of deciding which college he wants to go to. The struggles to find the right college are a major issue in AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK, so it makes pretty much sense to include this college essay reference.The college questions are answered by a snippet out of Perry and Gobi's night together. I was always curious what the next chapter would bring. And it could only get more lunatic each time, I had no doubt about that.
It was a fun part to imagine a modest exchange student from Lithuania transforming into that super sexy and lethal femme fatal. Her sly and very skilled undercover agent persona impressed me. But I found her a bit too maniacal and aggressive in following her goals to develop a stable connection to her character.
Perry is the unfortunate victim of Gobi's hatred. He has to accompany her on her killing frenzy and be witness to every surreal moment of that night. It's probably the shock of his life, but also a chance for him to stand up for his wishes and become a more confident person.
There was a kind of sexual tension between Perry and Gobi throughout the entire night spent together, in which they get to know the other person's true self. I would have liked a romance between these two, but there isn't exactly that much room with all the other things going on.
Events and characters don't always appear very realistic, but if you are looking for some crazy action, this is your read!
AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK- Insane crashes, terrific shootings and oddities of characters are the specialty of Joe Schreiber.
Joe Schreiber's writing is easy to consume and entertaining as well. AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK is a story of exceptional events. It misses the desired depth and European romance chic though.
"What follows are captures, tortures, machine guns, a helicopter rescue, and a kiss that is, like this addictive first novel for teens, a 'long, intoxicating dive through a sea of Red Bull.'"--"Booklist, starred review" ""Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick" is a high-octane, high-caliber joyride centered on one very loud night in New York City, a sort of Nick & Norah's Infinite Hit List. As Perry deals with flying bullets, exploding glass, and college admissions, your assignment is much simpler (and safer): Read this book!" --Michael Northrop, author of "Trapped""" ""Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick" is the hilarious YA buzzbomb I've been waiting for all year. Has style and wit to burn. I read the whole thing in one sitting. Buildings explode, scores are settled, and the dialog is explosively funny. Pretty much every page does it to the hilt. Boom." --Sean Beaudoin, author of "You Killed Wesley Payne""" "Fast paced, smart, exciting . . . it's like your favorite summer action thriller and John Hughes movie rolled into one." --Josh Schwartz, executive producer of "Gossip Girl" and "The O.C." "Plain and simple, it's a blast. A couple of them, actually."--"Publishers Weekly, starred review" "Perfect for action adventure junkies who will enjoy the car chases, thugs, graphic killing scenes, explosions, and a random bear fight, Schreiber's debut novel also contains enough humor, sexual tension, distinctive language, and character development to make this more than just a quick thrill read."--"Horn Book""This not-so-subtle irony combined with Schreiber's incisive wit and clever insights about high school and its relation to the larger world make this a slick, stylish read with serious implications that will give readers plenty to contemplate."--"Bulletin"