Author: Joe Schreiber
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: Oct. 25, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
About the Book:Perry Stormaire is a normal high school senior– he is busy applying to college and rehearsing with his band –until he agrees to go to the prom with the Lithuanian exchange student who is staying with his family. It turns out that Gobi Zaksauskas is not the mousy teenager that she seems but rather an attractive, confident trained assassin. Instead of going to the prom, Perry finds himself on a wild ride through the streets of New York City as Gobi commandeers the Jaguar his father lent him for the prom in order to take out her targets. Perry learns a lot about himself – and ends up with some amazing material for his college application essays. (goodreads)
My Thoughts: This book was crazy fun! It has it all! New York City! Prom! Car Chases! Hit men! Guns! Kissing! Band gigs! A frumpy foreign exchange student turned hot girl who also happens to be a killer! Wait. What?!?! Seriously... how often can you say that about a book? I loved the way all of these elements worked together to create a fast paced action/adventure/comedy with a bit of romance!
The prologue accomplished two things that had me hooked: it made me laugh within the first page and it really got me wondering about the characters and the story. The book kept me laughing and wondering throughout. I liked that the story jumped from important scene to importnat scene. There wasn't any "filler." Had it been a movie there would have been rough cuts from one action scene to the next. This enhanced the fast pace and made the Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick hard to put down.
This book will take you on a crazy trip like no other book you've read before. If you're looking for something different this is the book for you! Au Revoir, predictable frumpy to hottie/zero to hero stories! Hello, crazy/random/wild fun!
Random Things I loved:
*The use of college essay questions as chapter titles
*"Social Darwinism Under the Stars" to describe prom :)
*The frumpy girl to trained assassin conversion
*Perry's inability to grasp what is happening and Gobi's idea that he should just go along with it.