Monday, 9 July 2012
Book Review: Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is an exhilarating action-packed read. The novel takes place over the course of one crazy night in New York City and is a quick page-turning read that can easily be devoured in one sitting. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is told from the point of view of high-school teenager Perry Stormaire; an average guy who plays in a band and fantasizes about a getting a hot European exchange student. In reality, his exchange student wears frumpy clothes, thick glasses, and barely talks to anyone.
When Perry is forced to take Lithuanian exchange student, Gobi, to Prom it is revealed that she is not entirely what she seems. Gobi is not, in fact, an introverted exchange student but a trained assassin, and from that point of the novel onwards Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick becomes a killing-free-for-all with plenty of hilarity as the innocent and naive Perry is tagged along into a bloodbath of epic proportions.
Every chapter in the book is preceded by a college application essay topic, which is then answered in that chapter. I really liked this as it gave further insight into Perry, as well as also making me thankful that I never had to apply for University in North America.
The characterization of Perry, although somewhat thinly drawn, revolves around his need to please his overbearing and stubborn father, who has certain expectations of what he is to make of his life; Law School at Columbia University being his top priority. Gobi is depicted as a fearless warrior and a real force to be reckoned with, and it is due to the events that take place over the course of this night, what Perry learns about Gobi and himself, that gives Perry the courage and strength to assert himself. There was a great chemistry between Perry and Gobi that sizzled on the page and added a dash of romance to this thrilling plot driven novel.
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick in 5 words: People die. It's crazy good.