Review: Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The title of this book drew me into reading. I mean look at the title. I hear someone reading this in an Eastern European accent and a smile breaks out on my face. With the title being so quirky, how does the book rate? Well, the reader will not be disappointed there either. I enjoyed this book even thought adventure books of this sort aren’t necessarily up my alley, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
Perry Stormaire has his life planned out. Or at least his parents’ version is planned out for what his life should be like and Perry is more than willing to follow in his dad’s footsteps right into the prestigious law firm where his dad works. While trying to juggle school, his law firm internship, college admissions, and the rising popularity of his band, his family throws him a loop. They’ve decided to host a Lithuanian foreign exchange student his senior year, Gobi. However, all seems to be well for most of the school year. Until prom night, when Perry’s parents “force” him into taking Gobi to prom despite a gig his band committed to that could just break them into the big leagues. Little does Perry know when he leaves with Gobi for the prom, that his future will change dramatically when he winds up being caught in the middle of Gobi’s plans for revenge. If you have readers looking for high speed chases, killings, and action, action, action, recommend this book.
I thought Schreiber did an excellent job of maintaining the pace in this book. Just when things seem to be calming down for Perry and Gobi, something new pops up and they are once again caught in the whirlwind of the underworld. He keeps the identity of the mastermind pretty tight until close to the very end. There is a subplot in it as well, Perry’s giving into his parent’s wishes rather than following his own. This is probably the best message of the whole book and is so subtle that most reader’s may not even realize it until the very end. Gobi ends up being the best thing for Perry as she wakes him up to the reality that what his plan’s may not be exactly what he wants in life and instead of letting others make decisions for him, he needs to step up and let his voice be heard. I really enjoyed the college entrance questions at the beginning of each chapter. Not only did they suit the action of the chapter but they made a very interesting tie to something that happens in the end (no I’m not going to spoil the plot!)
I would recommend this book to reader’s who want a quick read or those struggling readers to need a high interest book that is fairly easy to read. Happy Reading!

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