Teen Book Review: 'Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick'
Published on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 11:01am
It’s the end of the school year, which means it's time for proms, parties and graduation, along with some great weather. It’s also time for summer reading, and I wanted to start everyone off by mentioning a great title I just finished reading. If you like action movies, you’ll love Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber.
Perry is all set for his band to have their first big gig in Manhattan. But then his mother tells him to take Gobi, the foreign exchange student living at their house, to the prom on the same night. When his father backs it, he has no choice; he can never say no to his father. But what should be a boring and embarrassing night suddenly turns deadly. Turns out that Gobi is an international assassin with five targets to kill in Manhattan, and she’s drafted Perry as her driver. What follows is a night of mayhem and insanity, culminating in a police showdown in his dad’s law office. And if Perry actually survives the experience (and that’s a BIG if), he might just learn what he needs to finally stand up for himself.
This book is short, fast and a load of fun. It rockets right from one action-filled scene to the next, barely stopping for pauses in between the blood and gore. College essay question prompts act as the chapter titles, and are just one of the subtle pieces of humor that permeate the title. There is also a surprising amount of character development for Perry in this slim volume, as he grows up and finds out how to defy his father and be a man. Our assassin Gobi also turns out to be a complex character, although several aspects of her character (why does she have seizures? Brainwashing?) are left unexplained.
The glitz and glam of Manhattan is touched upon, but not heavily explored (although some seedier dives are shown in detail – anyone up for a bear fight?). This is definitely a great book for reluctant young male readers to tackle.
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is best suited for mid- to late-teen readers, especially reluctant readers. Check it out with other books by Joe Schreiber at Northeast Library or your local branch of the DC Public Library today.
-- Brandon Digwood