Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick By Joe Schrieber
Perry & Gobi #1
Published Oct 25th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Summary: 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 much-anticipated 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.”
Review: Leave your Nikita expectations aside, Au Revoir Crazy European Chick is not it.
I am disappointed – this book did not live up to my expectations. The premise of the book sounded really kick-ass and for a book only 200+ pages long, I was expecting it to be action packed. Nah.
This is another one of those cool premise but not well executed books. I didn’t find a connection to either characters which made me really bored. Each chapter begins with a collage essay question where Perry answers it closely (or almost closely) with the events that happened with Gobi. It was an interesting take on collage essays and titles, but there are instances where the answers are a bit stretched.
Gobi was not the kick-ass female heroine I expected. She felt flat, lacking and two-dimensional. I didn’t care for her or what she had to do. Assassinate whoever, I don’t really care. Gobi was the foreign exchange student (weird, strange and quiet) turned assassin. Problem is, she wasn’t interesting enough either time. For an assassin she came across as somewhat juvenile and fake, like she’s moving and breathing only because she’s programmed to do it, but because she wants to.
As for the action scenes, there wasn’t one where I was left impressed. It was a weak as the assassin herself. I wouldn’t mind this book be 300 pages long if it meant I actually witnessed her doing crazy flips and karate kicking the heck out of everyone. Perhaps an assassin story isn’t the best way to go if the book is to be kept at 200+ pages.
The romance bit of it was incredibly cheesy and I couldn’t care enough for it. Perry eats out of Gobi’s hands and I can’t for the life of me figure out why.
Perhaps I am not the right audience for this book, I might have liked it more if I was younger or if I was just trying out action/assassin books with not much expectation. Seems unlikely for me to pick up the sequel, but if you are thinking of picking it up – tread lightly and without expectation. Especially not Nikita expectations.