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Au revoir, crazy European chick, by Joe Schreiber

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Au revoir, crazy European chick
Title
Au revoir, crazy European chick
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by Joe Schreiber
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Language
eng
Summary
Perry's parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father's precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan
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Award
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2013.
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2012
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 8-10 Sad-sack Perry is going to miss his band Inchworm’s first big show because his mom is making him take their dumpy, awkward exchange student, Gobija, to the prom. Decked out in a rented tux and a frumpy Lithuanian ceremonial costume, respectively, the two teens suffer through the typical prom moments—until all hell breaks loose. Gobi turns out to be an international assassin (and mind-blowingly hot under her disguise), Perry steals his uptight dad’s Jag, Inchworm plays for a record exec, and bodies fly out windows at Jay-Z’s club. What follows are captures, tortures, machine guns, a helicopter rescue, and a kiss that is, like this addictive first novel for teens, a “long, intoxicating dive through a sea of Red Bull.” But this up-all-night-in-NYC romp is more than just a Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2006) rip-off. Perry begins to realize deeper truths about himself and his family as the motives behind Gobi’s brutal mission become clear. Brief chapters each begin with a college-entrance essay prompt, juxtaposing Perry’s life-or-death situation with the artificially high stakes of his life hanging out on Columbia’s wait list. Although the Hollywood ending may leave a few eyes rolling, most readers will turn the last page of this delirious debut with smiles on their faces and triumphant fists in the air. -- Booth, Heather (Reviewed 10-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 4, p56)
  • Gr 8 – 11 — Perry Stormaire's parents are forcing him to take their gawky, Lithuanian foreign-exchange student to the senior prom. Always the dutiful son, Perry doesn't have the nerve to disappoint his overbearing father, even though his band has their first gig in New York City on the same night. As it turns out, the unassuming Gobi is really a beautiful assassin whose plans include killing five human targets in one night. Perry quickly becomes an unwilling hostage who is forced to drive his father's Jaguar as the getaway car. As the young woman drags him through the city, dodging criminals and taking down killers, Perry has to muster up his courage to save himself and his family. Schreiber's debut YA novel is a cinematic all-in-one-night action/adventure romp reminiscent of popular '80s movies, except this tale is more James Bond than Adventures in Babysitting. Gobi's switcheroo from dowdy peasant girl to vixen ninja assassin reveals a troubled individual caught up in a human-trafficking revenge plot. Meanwhile, Perry just needs to stand up to his dad. Readers may quickly move from laughing at the absurdities to recoiling from the bloodshed. The college-admissions essay questions that precede each chapter offer additional comic relief while simultaneously grounding the audience in Perry's reality. An exciting read with a satisfying conclusion, this novel will appeal to both male and female readers looking for a quick page-turner.—Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Northampton Community College, Hawley, PA --Kimberly Garnick Giarratano (Reviewed August 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 8, p120)
  • /* Starred Review */ “I’m eighteen years old. In a month I’m going to graduate, I’m waitlisted at Columbia... and this—whatever this is—isn’t part of the plan.” That’s Perry Stormaire as his prom night goes from disaster, when he’s forced to escort dowdy Lithuanian exchange student Gobija Zaksauskas, to something more like Kill Bill after Gobi turns out to be a stunningly effective (and also stunning) assassin. What follows is a whirlwind night of explosions, shootings, stabbings, and car chases as they traverse Manhattan and Brooklyn with Gobi picking off targets over Perry’s protests. As if this situation wasn’t stressful enough, adult author Schreiber opens each chapter of his YA debut with a college admissions essay question (“You’ve just written a 300-page autobiography. Send us page 217”), which should provide a few more palpitations. It’s very well targeted at male teens, with a breakneck pace, quick repartee, hot cars and women, a well-rendered New York City backdrop, abundant action, and some food for thought about what it means to be a man. Plain and simple, it’s a blast. A couple of them, actually. Ages 12–up. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 15, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 33, p)
  • In Schreiber's debut novel for teens, an awkward high-school exchange student morphs into a beautiful assassin, changing a boring prom night into a dangerous race against time. Perry, a senior in high school, is focused on three things: his internship at his father's law office, playing guitar and, most of all, getting accepted into Columbia University. His mother, in an attempt to infuse some culture into their family, decides they should host a foreign exchange student. The socially awkward and unattractive Gobi is at best invisible and at worst a target for ridicule. Her one request before returning home is to attend the prom with Perry as her date. Under duress, Perry agrees to take her. However, Gobi has other plans, insisting he drive her to Manhattan instead. There she leads Perry on a killing spree that culminates in a confrontation with a very deadly and very familiar adversary. Stilted dialogue, unlikable characters and scenes that seem patched together from dozens of familiar action movies are only a sampling of this novel's many problems. Readers will quickly become frustrated with the predictable plot, overly familiar setting and Perry's obtuseness, though the framing device of college-application essay questions is mildly amusing. Filled with gratuitous violence, unnecessary vulgarity and unending cliché, this story often slides from merely bad into truly offensive. (Thriller. 14 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10018705
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schreiber, Joe
Index
no index present
Intended audience
800
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Lexile
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 11
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True
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  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Assassins
  • Family life
  • Student exchange programs
  • Lithuanians
  • Coming of age
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Au revoir, crazy European chick, by Joe Schreiber
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
190 p.
Isbn
9780547577388
Isbn Type
: HRD
Lccn
2011009845
Label
Au revoir, crazy European chick, by Joe Schreiber
Publication
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
190 p.
Isbn
9780547577388
Isbn Type
: HRD
Lccn
2011009845

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