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Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
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Dec 21, 11

bookshelves: young-adult
Read in December, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I realize that prom is a very special, magical, romantic time for many, but can't it also be a mad killing spree with a foreign exchange student? In Joe Schreiber's Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, prom is just that, and more. Picture, La Femme Nikita on a date with the Joseph Gordon-Levitt character in 10 Things I Hate About You (in other words, the dweeby guy) and you get the idea. This is one fun, crazy, bloody, and romantic night in the life of hapless Perry Stormaire who's parents force him to take their gawky foreign exchange student, Gobja Zaksauskas to the prom on her last night in the US.

But why the killing spree? We find out later that Gobja is out to revenge the death of her sister who was abducted as a child and forced into the sex trade. So there is a very serious and older YA side to this book, but this does not detract from the action. In fact it adds just the right amount of extra plot to something that might otherwise devolve into gratuitous violence. There is plenty of that, but as Perry begins to piece together Gobja's backstory, they come to an understanding which borders on the cusp of romance as the story ends. There a a few YA cliches--such as the parent that doesn't understand their kid. His father starts out as a jerky lawyer type who wants Perry to give up his music and concentrate on becoming a lawyer like him and making a ton of money. Another cliche happens when Gobji sheds her extremely ugly nerd garb to reveal a smokn' hot bod. But it's all in fun and with a title like this one, you'd expect these things to happen. This is a wild ride and a fast-paced page turner. I loved it.
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