1/5/12

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick

Author: Joe Schreiber
Pages: 192
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Format: Hardcover (ARC)

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)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.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Perry's life's dream has always been to be a lawyer like his father, and thanks to his father's control over his life, Perry's resume is worthy of being framed. Perry never struggled against his father's control over his life... until the day his mother and father forced him to skip his band's big gig and take the mousy foreign exchange student boarding with them to prom with him.

Perry's sure the night's going to be a total bust... until Gobi - the mousy, quiet, geeky girl he thought he knew - transforms into a beautiful assassin and starts shooting. Soon he's trapped in an all-night wild goose chase through New York city, doing things he never thought he'd do... but what happens when Gobi's job interferes with his loyalties to his family?

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book! It was packed with enough action and danger to satisfy any action-lover, and once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Perry is the sort of kid who just drifts through life, doing whatever he's told, and his night with Gobi changes everything he thought he knew. I loved the character development (of both Perry and Gobi). I also thought the format of each chapter was really cool (at the beginning of each chapter is a prompt from a college application. For example, 'describe a conversation that changed your life'). I thought it really tied the story together, and I loved the way it was incorporated at the end.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this book to anyone who loves action and adventure, and anyone who enjoys spy novels. This would also be a good novel for teen boys who are looking for something new to read, so check it out if you've been in a reading rut lately! 

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