Author: Joe Schreiber
Pub Date: October 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Author website: http://scaryparent.blogspot.com/
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.
My first introduction to this book was at one of the itty bitty libraries in my town. I was there to get another book, but saw this one, and thought Hmmmm. Plus it was small. And I'm not going to lie, I was in the mood was a quick read. I read reviews when I got home. Some good, some not, some mixed.
Well, today was the day that I read it. And holy crap. Those 190 pages FLEW! At one point my jaw dropped, and once I picked it back up, I continued on my merry reading way. One thing that helped, Schreiber did not spend a lot of time giving us background on Gobi as an exchange student in Perry's home. It was short, sweet, and to the point. Because really, the story was about her being a badass "Lithuanian ninja!" (As Perry calls her.)
The story takes on the form of a college application essay. Each chapter is headed by an application question, which also falls in line with the chapter. One of my favorites "What single word best describes you, and why?" The first sentence on that chapter? '"Dick," my best friend Norrie, burst out. "You are being such a dick!"' So much awesomeness!
This was seriously a heart-pounding thrill ride of a book! Given some of the novels I've read in the past, I do not think this book was too gory or bloody. But still, maybe recommend this to some older readers :P So, if you like smart ass dialogue, ninjas, assassins, thrill rides, and whatever else you can think of, go out and grab a copy of Au Revoir Crazy European Chick!
"Here's me: still screaming."
And here is where I discover that part two comes out in November: ::SQUEEEEE:: That's right, Perry's Killer Playlist makes its appearance November 6, 2012! Woot!