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Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick (Perry & Gobi #1)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  3,806 Ratings  ·  805 Reviews
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 scho
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (first published September 19th 2011)
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Isa K.
Jul 04, 2011 Isa K. rated it liked it
Shelves: galleys
This is one of those young adult books where you feel like the author's attitude was "who cares! YA books aren't real books!" The concept is REALLY interesting. Structuring each chapter around a college application essay question is brilliant. The dialogue is dull but not terrible. The problem is the number of factual mistakes ... you know a little artistic license is fine, but when there are errors in location, plot, and characterization that could have been prevented with a quick google you re ...more
Jenn Estepp
Totally a teenage boy, wet dream wish fulfillment book. Not that there's anything wrong with that ... It reminded me lots of the movie "Wanted," because of the whole "hey, this girl is really hot and she shoots guns and kills people and seems to like me and is giving me the night of my life" angle. Only, I remembering liking that movie a lot more than this book. Maybe because it starred James McEvoy and I think he's pretty.
Oct 23, 2011 Jasmine rated it really liked it
Shelves: american
so I am suppose to be asleep 2 hours ago, but this book is so small it just seemed dumb to not finish it. I know that's a poor excuse but it's so cute and little. The cover, not the cover you see, the cover cover that's attached to the book is a really beautiful map of new york. I actually did this old thing where I threw away the dust jacket (i was taught to do this as a child but stopped a few years ago) because compared to the actually book the jacket is total trash.

On topic. This isn't real
Julia Wilson
Apr 14, 2011 Julia Wilson rated it it was amazing
This is TOO good. It should be offered to every boy over the age of 13 who says he doesn't like to read. I promise no one will put it down until the very last page. It is filled with adventure, humor and great insight. I can't wait to sell it in the INDEPENDENT bookstore where I work.
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is all fast-paced excitement – it’s sort of like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens in the way that it’s totally outrageous, semi-unbelievable and great with entertaining dialogue. What I found especially unique about this story was that, even though it’s a suspenseful thriller, the important things about being a teenager – fun, romance, angst – were all present within the 190 pages of the book. I also recognized a reoccurring theme throughout the book, whi ...more
Jun 01, 2011 Minli rated it it was ok
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is a pretty short tome. While I thought the writing was okay--hardly much damage one could do in barely 150 pages--it's really too short to be anything more than feature the boring, college-bound Perry running around New York City with a MPDG who also happens to be an assassin.

Yeah, it's about as bad as it sounds. The characterization of Gobi just made me ill. Schreiber attempts to undermine the stereotype of a "European foreign exchange student" by having Gobi be
Rebecca McNutt
This book started off being incredibly immature but it quickly picked up and became fast-paced, filled with action and adventure and well-written for the most part.
Wait...there's a sequel to this?
Apr 17, 2012 Justin rated it really liked it
Wow, what a ride. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in quite awhile. That book is crazy, I don't even know the best way to describe it. It really reminded me of the TV show Chuck for some reason, but with a different type of twist. It's just an extremely entertaining book.

I really, really loved the concept of this book. As you're reading the book, it's like you're reading all these answers to different college application questions being answered by P
Sep 01, 2011 Rachael rated it liked it
Perry Stormaire never wanted to go to prom. He wants to play the gig his band finally landed in New York City. Heck, he’d probably rather write more college application essays than go to prom. But then his parents get involved, and now, Perry finds himself stuck on a date with the Lithuanian exchange student named Gobi Zaksauskas that his family is hosting. Only, Gobi isn’t actually the shy, awkward girl in baggy clothes she’s pretended to be all along—she’s a sexy, tough, trained assassin. And ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Damond rated it really liked it
In the few short years I've been reading books by Joe Schreiber, he has become one of my favorite authors. I had only read his horror output up to this point, but the plot of this Young Adult novel really intrigued me. Perry's family decides that it would be fun to host a foreign exchange student during his senior year. While Perry hopes it will be the male fantasy sexy girl who will teach him the ways of the world, what arrives is a dowdy Lithuanian girl named Gobi who dresses in loose fitting ...more
Jan 08, 2012 CD rated it it was amazing
Awesome, fun read! Give to those high schoolers who don't like to read and I guarantee they will like this. Should appeal to both guys and girls. The pace is high octane fast! Essentially, Perry Stormaire is a senior, with a lawyer father who runs his life (read: Tiger Dad) and he is trying to get into Columbia. The family has invited a foreign exchange student into their house for the year and instead of a gorgeous co-ed, they get Gobi. Plain, banal, and needing much help, Gobi, whom good guy P ...more
Ilsa Bick
Nov 10, 2011 Ilsa Bick rated it really liked it
Okay, I'm going to get this off my chest right off the bat: I don't care what the marketing people say, but this isn't a young adult novel. Yes, you can make the protag eighteen; you can send him to prom; but that doesn't mean you've written a YA novel, especially when the protag acts and carries himself like, oh, a twenty-nine or thirty-something. I wasn't convinced and I don't think most readers will be either.

Just so we're clear on that.

Having said that, this book was a blast. Schreiber's als
David Wilcox
Sep 10, 2015 David Wilcox rated it really liked it
I have just completed the book Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber. The genre of this book is realistic-fiction. This book is about a high schooler named Perry who has just lived a normal life until a foreign exchange student named Gobi came to live with his family for a year. Everything was going well until Prom became a hot topic. Perry didn’t want to go because his band was performing downtown but Gobi said she wanted to go with Perry so his parents made him go. It was prom night ...more
4 stars

I must start with I am coming off of a line of truly painful reads; so when I came across this one, well, it was a breath of fresh air.

No fallen angels, no magic, no stupid love triangles, just a crazy night in the best city in the world with two characters that are truly likeable. No matter how crazy Zusane was, I completely adored her. Perry didn't whine, he objected, but he didn't whine and for that I thank you Joe. Seriously. I finally get to read about a male that didn't spend so muc
Aug 16, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: guy-reads-teen, teen
I read it cover-to-cover in an afternoon. It wasn’t hard considering there’s only 190 pages. Maybe that’s why the publisher recommends it for ages 12 and up… because I certainly don’t.

It was a fun and funny book and very easy to read. But it’s not for a 12 year old. There’s A LOT of violence – including five murders. There’s sexual references and some bad language.

So, not for a 12 year old… but an absolutely great read for a 16 year old boy who’s off from school during the summer and looking f
May 29, 2012 JenniferJ rated it really liked it
Shelves: z2012
Holy Macanoli! I think this has got to be one of the fastest books I have read in a very long time! It started out kind of draggy with Perry wanting to do one thing and as usual his parents wanting him to do what they wanted but once prom night got there oh boy oh boy was Perry and I both in for the surprise of our life! Gobi turns out to be so much more than the usual exchange fact she was not an exchanghe student at all but instead a hired assasin hired to right a huge wrong from t ...more
Nov 17, 2011 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-ya
Teenager goes on a forced date with a seemingly geeky exchange student. About as much fun as it gets, this is about a prom night that turns into a wild, bloody, hilarious, life changing shoot-em-up, and it reads like a cross between (among) STARGIRL, NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST, and LA FEMME NIKITA.
Aug 07, 2012 Pauline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Absoluely brilliant. Clever, witty with laugh out loud moments. Wierd, fast moving, thrilling, exciting, totally unexpected, amazing and the best book I have read all year.
May 06, 2012 Kyle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Kyle by: Kelly Leigh
Apr 25, 2012 Georgette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome, awesome-ya
Right off- the only reason this little young adult morsel of a delight book didn't get a straight up 5 out of 5 is because it's so short(coming from me, that's rich). It's less than 200 pages in hardcover,and holy crap, what an entertaining little read. I literally read about 102 of those pages in under a hour, with interruptions.

Gobi is a Lithiunian/Serbian exchange student staying with her host family in New York City. She's very odd, from Perry's point of view. Perry is the oldest boy in the
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I didn't really know what this book was about when I picked it up, I just knew that I loved the title! I am so glad that I did read this one as it was so action packed and fun. This book is told in a series of (rather short) college application essays - each chapter starts with an essay question which is answered (usually indirectly) with the part of the story that the chapter covers. I loved this idea as it was both quite unusual and clever. I also didn't expect it to be so funny!

Perry is your
Sep 22, 2016 Samar rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Hunh. Not sure what I read. Was sort of cute I guess. And completely outside of the world of books I know and inhabit.
All I can say is, it is nice to venture out now and then.
Arya Moaref
Feb 04, 2013 Arya Moaref rated it really liked it

The book is about a boy named Perry in high school who has a foreign exchange student in their house. At first they don't realize who she, Gobi, really is. Yet one night when she has to execute her missions, she takes Perry along. She takes him through fast paced action including a physical fighting, being tortured, and actual death scene. You find out that Gobi is a type of assassin and is back for the revenge of her sister. Nothing can stand in her way and anything that tries doesn't su
Lisa (Badass Bookie)
Feb 03, 2012 Lisa (Badass Bookie) rated it really liked it
The Short Story? – There is something about this book that gives off the “wow factor”. Whether it was the female assassin or the epic prom night out in New York City, Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick was brilliant. The novel really came together nicely with great characters and a spectacular plot. If you love car chases, female assassins, revenge and action as much as I do – this is your next read!

The Long Story? – I have read many books that I love but not all of them have the “wow-factor” – in
I don't know what to say about this one. Nothing cohesive, unfortunately. So, instead:

1. I liked that each chapter started with a college essay prompt. (This is based on the assumption that they were real prompts, which I am fairly certain they are, and that Schreiber didn't make them up. If he made them up, I no longer like the concept, because talk about a cop out.)

2. I didn't like that this is basically a book about the boring white teenage boy who I am supposed to strongly identify with and
Jul 20, 2012 Chantaal rated it liked it
Originally posted at The Wandering Fangirl.

Well, if there’s one thing I can say for this book, it’s fast. We get a few smallish chapters to introduce us to Perry Stormaire, our narrator, and Gobi, a foreign exchange student who turns out to be an assassin when she steals Perry and his father’s car for one crazy night in New York City.

One thing I did really like: each chapter title is a college essay question that somehow ties into the theme of the scene, which I thought was kind of neat.

The like
Jul 20, 2012 René rated it liked it
I found this book on an internet list of books to read. The title was alluring to me, evoking as it did a culture clash of America and Europe and some form of budding teen romance. It promised laughs galore and some level of adrenaline.

I can't say I'm disappointed because all those elements are there. The female crazy euro character is everything we have come to expect of the female euro assassin as developped during 40+ years of Cold War: rational, willul, determined, slim, naturally sexy, cult
Sep 17, 2016 Mariela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuando leí la sinopsis me imagine una historia al estilo de The duff, una chica fea que se vuelve linda o conquista al protagonista con su arrebatadora personalidad, pero por suerte me encontré con una historia diferente.

Gobija es todo lo contrario a cualquier protagonista de una novela romántica, cuando la madre de Perry lo obliga a llevarla al baile de graduación, aparece con un vestido parecido a una bolsa de arpillera, llena de tiritas de colores y plumitas y un bolso gigante con espejitos d
Jun 30, 2011 Marika rated it liked it
In the midst of piles of school work, having forgotten my lunchtime reading at home, I decided I needed a fast-paced book that promised humor. Schreiber's novel just happened to arrive, as if some sneaking spy knew I was a prime target for the book.

I was immediately intrigued by the admissions essay prompts at the beginning of each chapter. Soon, I began trying to connect them to each chapter, wondering what an admissions representative might find in this first-person narrative- it's easy to see
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