Prom, to me, conjures up images of pretty dresses, silly dance moves and awkward pictures. Perry, main character of Joe Schreiber’s Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick totally experiences a prom night different from what I remember. You see, Perry and his family are currently hosting a foreign exchange student named Gobi who is Lithuanian and kind of weird. She requests to go to prom and so Perry’s parents make him go as her date.
Perry expects a boring night and is hoping to be able to cut out early and play at his band’s gig in NYC. What he gets instead is rather unexpected. Gobi asks him to head out and go to the city — as he wanted, but her plans are different. You see, she’s actually an international assassin on her way to kill five people in one night. Y’all Gobi is such a bad ass and a lot of fun to read about, cuz she takes no prisoners and is totally a character after my own heart.
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is comprised of a lot of short chapters with a snappy pacing. Each chapter is headed with a different college admissions essay prompt. The chapter loosely relates to the prompt. I thought that this was quite an interesting way to lay out the book.
I felt that character development was slightly lacking in Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. I mean, Perry and Gabi are great, but honestly, I don’t have a super strong sense of them as people. Like, yes, Perry is struggling to stand up under his dad’s scrutiny, but I don’t know. I just don’t think as a reader that I got to know him as much as I wanted to.
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber is a rollicking roller coaster ride of action on prom night — and not the expected sort of action if ya know what I mean. If you’re in the market for a book heavy on plot with very few lulls in the action, then definitely check this one out.
Disclosure: Received for review at BEA 2011. (I KNOW I KNOW BUT AT LEAST I AM REVIEWING IT NOW/shameface)
Other reviews of Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber:
Reut Reads – “That’s what this plot is–insanity”
Bookworm1858 – “A fast-moving, freewheeling story around New York City”
Presenting Lenore – “Pure male adventure fantasy”
Lisa Is Busy Nerding – “Guys, there’s killing in this book”