Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
Source: ARC provided by the Amazon Vine Program
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)
This was one of the “hot” titles at BEA this year, and was featured on one of the Editor’s Buzz Panels. I wasn’t able to snag a copy at BEA, so was very happy to be able to get an ARC of my very own!
The narrator is Perry, a high school senior whose family is hosting a foreign exchange student named Gobi. Unfortunately for Perry and his friends, Gobi is not a hot Swedish model wannabe, but a plain Lithuanian wall flower. Gobi doesn’t seem interested in making friends or fitting in, but content to remaining invisible at school. Until she gets it in her head that she wants to attend senior prom. And Perry is nominated as her escort. Poor Perry.
Unable to worm his way out of the date, Perry is resigned to escorting Gobi to the prom and does his best to see that she has a nice time. Perry is a genuinely nice guy, and couldn’t be more surprised when Gobi turns out to be much more than the shy wall flower she pretended to be!
Taken along on a wild ride through Manhattan, Perry acts as Gobi’s chauffeur while she crosses names off of her hit list. Literally. It’s a crazy adventure, yet the author keeps things fun and almost believable. A much more enjoyable ride than Collateral (or any of the hit man/innocent bystander movies out there)!
Gave this one a 4/5 as it’s a fast, fun read. Really got a kick out of the college application questions at the start of each chapter, as they tied things together nicely. Liked Perry and even grew to like Gobi, once we got to know her and her motivations. Looking forward to reading more from the author, as he’s an original talent with a good sense of humor!