What starts out as a quirky story about a teen boy stuck taking an awkward European exchange student to the prom quickly turns into a fast-paced romp through the big apple, tackling some heavy issues along the way in Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber.
So perhaps I should begin this review with a caveat: I loved this book. But it was NOT what I was expecting. So adventurous readers, take note! Despite a fabulous title, glorious cover art, and jacket copy that describes this book as “Ferris Bueller meets La Femme Nikita” — Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is not all fun and games. The book also tackles some serious subject matters and is not without a fair share of violence and death.
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.
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is a well-crafted, smartly written adventure — that, despite it’s implausibility, is a wild ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat as you keep turning the page. The way Schreiber has taken such an outrageous concept and written as realistically as possible is what makes this book so unique. It’s sort of like a coming of age story and a spy novel were smooshed together, and this is the stunningly original result.
Bonus points to Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick for combining elements to make this book universally appealing to guys, girls, teens, and adults alike: sexy spy girl, fast cars, cinematic action, a painful past, college applications, romance, family drama, and more.