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Au revoir, crazy European chick

Au revoir, crazy European chick
Schreiber, Joe, 1969-
Copies: 1

Preferring to play with his band during a much-anticipated gig, Perry is forced by his mother to escort a quiet, socially awkward Lithuanian exchange student to the prom and is astonished to learn that she is actually an undercover assassin on a high-stakes mission in Manhattan. A first young adult novel by the (more)
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Control No. 873847
LCCN 2011009845
ISBN 9780547677637 (electronic bk.)
ISBN 0547677634 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. B0058KQTWU -- stock-number
Author Schreiber Joe 1969
Title Au revoir, crazy European chick -- [electronic resource] / -- by Joe Schreiber.
Publisher Information Boston : -- Houghton Mifflin, -- 2011.
Physical Description 1 online resource.
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.
Subject Assassins Fiction Young adult literature
Subject Families New York State New York Fiction Young adult literature
Subject Lithuanians United States Fiction Young adult literature
Subject New York N Y Fiction Young adult literature
Subject Adventure stories
Subject Electronic books
Subject Young adult literature
Alternate Author OverDrive Inc
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Annotation 1 Preferring to play with his band during a much-anticipated gig, Perry is forced by his mother to escort a quiet, socially awkward Lithuanian exchange student to the prom and is astonished to learn that she is actually an undercover assassin on a high-stakes mission in Manhattan. A first young adult novel by the author of Red Harvest. 75,000 first printing.

Annotation 2

Ferris Bueller meets La Femme Nikita in this funny, action-packed young adult novel.

Annotation 3
Ferris Bueller meets La Femme Nikita in this funny, action-packed young adult novel. It’s prom night—and Perry just wants to stick to his own plan and finally play a muchanticipated
gig with his band in the Big Apple. But when his mother makes him take Gobija Zaksauskas—their quiet, geeky Lithuanian exchange student—to the prom, he never expects that his ordinary high school guy life will soon turn on its head. Perry finds that Gobi is on a mission, and Perry has no other choice but to go along for a reckless ride through Manhattan’s concrete grid with a trained assassin in Dad’s red Jag.
Infused with capers, car chases, heists, hits, henchmen, and even a bear fight, this story mixes romance, comedy, and tragedy in a true teen coming-of-age adventure—and it’s not over until it’s “au revoir.”

This ebook includes a sample chapter of PERRY'S KILLER PLAYLIST.


 reviews (7)

Booklist Reviews 2011 October #2
*Starred Review* 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. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
Perry's parents make him take awkward Lithuanian exchange student Gobi to the prom. Turns out she's actually a trained assassin, and Perry's forced at gunpoint to trek through New York with her as she completes her mission. Perfect for action-adventure junkies, Schreiber's novel also contains enough humor, sexual tension, and character development to make this more than just a quick thrill read. Copyright 2012 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #6
When high school senior Perry Stormaire's parents make him take the family's awkward Lithuanian exchange student, Gobi, to the prom, he winds up as part of a gorgeous trained assassin's plan to kill five targets by daybreak, with the skilled killer none other than formerly frumpy Gobi. Forced at gunpoint to trek through New York City with Gobi as she completes her mission, naive Perry slowly discerns the noble motivations behind Gobi's killing spree. Her in-depth planning leaves nothing to chance, and as the night progresses Perry's whole family becomes embroiled in Gobi's dangerous plan ("Families get hurt, Perry. There are no guarantees this side of the grave"). Perry learns that appearances can be deceiving as he uncovers hidden truths about his father and his dad's boss. He also re-evaluates his complex relationship with his father and reassesses his college plans. To connect the latter subplot, each chapter begins with a different college application essay question that links to its corresponding chapter's contents; Schreiber provides a twist at the end that reveals the true reason for their inclusion. Perfect for action adventure junkies who will enjoy the car chases, thugs, graphic killing scenes, explosions, and a random bear fight, Schreiber's debut novel also contains enough humor, sexual tension, distinctive language, and character development to make this more than just a quick thrill read. cynthia k. ritter Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2011 September #2

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) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

PW Reviews 2011 August #3

"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.)

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SLJ Reviews 2011 August

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

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VOYA Reviews 2011 October
Perry Stormaire is on the brink of becoming a responsible young adult: he clerks in his father's law firm in New York City, is waitlisted at Columbia, and plays in a band that is not all that bad. And then he meets Gobi. Gobija Zaksauskas is the Lithuanian foreign exchange student Perry's family hosts during his senior year of high school. She keeps to herself, but on prom night Perry finds out that the quiet exchange student is a trained assassin on a mission. She has five targets to take down, and this is the one night they will all be in the city. Dragging Perry along as her hostage and driver, Gobi plunges him into a world of hit men, meat hooks, and murder. By the end of the night, Perry is questioning the things he values and falling more in love with the wild and unpredictable assassin This is a fast-paced read which, despite the absurdity of the topic, will snatch readers and keep them riveted until the very end. Perry is a likable, average teen dealing with everyday stressors, like overbearing parents and a kid sister: he is relatable and genuine, even when he is driving through New York at the side of the caricatured Gobi. Teens who have outgrown the Alex Rider series will enjoy this book. The short, bite-sized chapters will hook even the most reluctant readers.—Jen McConnel 4Q 4P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.


 author biography

Joe Schreiber is the author of adult novels DEATH TROOPERS, CHASING THE DEAD and EAT THE DARK. This is his first young adult novel.

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