Thursday, January 26, 2012

"Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick" by Joe Schreiber

From Goodreads: "Perry Stormaire is a normal high school senior– he is busy applying to college and rehearsing with his band –until he agrees to go to the prom with the Lithuanian exchange student who is staying with his family. It turns out that Gobi Zaksauskas is not the mousy teenager that she seems but rather an attractive, confident trained assassin. Instead of going to the prom, Perry finds himself on a wild ride through the streets of New York City as Gobi commandeers the Jaguar his father lent him for the prom in order to take out her targets. Perry learns a lot about himself – and ends up with some amazing material for his college application essays."

While this is a departure from what I usually read (a fast paced action and adventure tale rather than a paranormal romance) I did still very much enjoy it. It becomes evident while reading this book that Joe does not dilly-dally in his writing- that everything is concise and to the point. What does this mean? In doing so this makes the book a true page turner- a book that you will not put down until you are finished and a book that will take you a mere hour or so to get through. 

I don't often read books where the main character is male the book is told from the male characters point of view and I am left feeling like I have really missed out because so- it's extremely interesting and entertaining to read of a perspective different from my own. Perry was such a fun character to read about- being so dorky and awkward in almost every situation he was thrown into and I very much enjoyed seeing him grow and develop as the book progressed (this book is the epitome of a "coming of age" book).

All in all, I feel that this book is very much one of those few books that can get non-readers to read (you know who I am talking about, your twelve to sixteen year old son, nephew, or next door neighbor who refuses to read, choosing instead to play some shoot 'em up video game). Furthermore, I am excited by the fact that the end of this book was open-ended, which perchance means that we will see more of Perry and another zany adventure in a future book.

Rating: 7.5/10

I received this book from the publisher to read and honestly review. I was not compensated in any way for said review.

1 comment:

  1. I remember reading about this book and thinking how fun it sounded. Ditto that I don't read enough male protag books, but they're so fun and such an interesting departure from the influx of female protags.



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