Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick

Hmm. This week's book was different. It was pretty short (that's why you're getting it early. That, and I had nothing to do in math) and was very fast-paced. I don't really know what to say about it other than it had something that made it different. Maybe it was the writing style, or the characters, because I don't quite think it was the plot. Not that the plot wasn't good, it just wasn't completely new. Anyway, I'll ponder that while you read the review of Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber.
Perry. What to say about Perry? He's not really that interesting. Lives on the outskirts of NYC, with a preteen little sister, a frazzled mom, and an overbearing father who's bent on getting him into his prestigious law firm. Stresses over college apps, and still hasn't forgiven his father for almost-cheating on his mother. Then, though he doesn't realize it at the time, his life is irrevocably altered; a foreign exchange student (from Lithuania, of all places) named Gobi comes to stay with them. For the majority of her stay, she's pretty boring: doesn't come out of her room a lot, wears insanely baggy clothes, and generally doesn't talk much. Perry doesn't usually get much reason to notice her (and she him), which is why he's horrified to learn at the end of the year that she wants to go to prom with him. He figures the night is going to be a disaster- and doesn't realize how right he is. Turns out, Gobi isn't exactly who she says she is. Um, she may or may not be on a mission to eliminate five targets by dawn, and chose prom night to do it because that's when they would all be in NYC..... awkward situation. Before Perry knows it, he's been roped into a crazy scheme that will take them uptown, downtown, into high rises, basements, and even through a bear fight or twowhich may be the weirdest near-death situation he's ever been in with a stunningly beautiful girl. Whether he likes it or not, the night is going to be unforgettable.
Yep! Really fast-paced, like I said, and very crazy. It's not completely comedy, though; it's kinda twisted at times and is often serious with just an edge of cheekiness. It shares a good deal of similarities with Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. It's weird, but I think I like it. Oh, and a public service announcement: themes and maturity levels are okay for high schoolers, but not much younger. Just keep that in mind. Ooookay, it resides at Kettleson, so try it out!

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