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Monday, April 14, 2014

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Review: Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

Perry & Gobi #1
Author:
Joe Schreiber
Publication Date: September 19, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

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.”

Well then. This was quite the crazy ride. But while I really love action-packed novels, Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick was too action-packed for my taste. Almost the entire time I was like the main character Perry Stormaire, wondering, "What the heck is going on here?!?!?!?!" Oh, and the names were hard to pronounce. -_-

Gobija Zaksauskas? I thought it was Gobi-ja Zack-sauce-cass. I think I'm completely wrong on that. And even worse, how do you pronounce Kazlou – okay, I give up on trying to type those names. -_- But I'm actually glad Gobija had a nickname. Gobi certainly is easier to pronounce, but that doesn't account for all the other names. Then again, it does make it realistic.

Moving on. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is certainly similar to Nikita – or more accurately, Nikita teenagers style. How it's related to Ferris Bueller, I have no clue, because there is no sense of Ferris Bueller in here. Certainly not funny. I don't even think I found Ferris Bueller very funny either.
Essentially it's about a guy named Perry Stormaire who does everything his father says. At least, until an "assassin" bent on avenging her sister's death in the disguise of a foreign exchange student, who's name is whatchamacallit from above, from Lithuania comes in during Perry's last year of high school. Most of the story is actually set on Prom night, in which Perry would rather be playing with his band mates at an exclusive club in New York. But Gobi has other plans.

The fun part was the college essay style questions at the beginning of each chapter. At least that tells me what type of questions colleges might ask me when I apply in a couple of years. They didn't really make sense at first until I finished reading the chapter. Even after that it didn't make too much sense, but I'm not the sharpest Asian in the crowd.

A fast read, which may or may not be confirming me being utterly bored during Spring Break (never thought I would say that, eh?). I suppose fans of bloody – not Britishly speaking – gore and such will enjoy this, but if anyone finds a Ferris Bueller related thingy here, do tell me.

3.5 Owls


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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts. She also doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). She's a first year Communications major from the St. Louis area, though she sometimes wish she wasn't. Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.

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