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Perry's Killer Playlist

(Perry & Gobi #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  700 ratings  ·  141 reviews
When Perry ends up in Venice on a European tour with his band Inchworm, he can’t resist a visit to Harry’s Bar, where Gobi told him she’d meet him someday. The last time he saw Gobi, five people were assassinated one crazy night in New York City. Well . . . Gobi shows up, and once again Perry is roped into a wild, nonstop thrill ride with a body count. Double crossings, ki ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Like its predecessor, PERRY'S KILLER PLAYLIST is a slim volume. 224 pages nowadays seems more like an appetizer than a meal. But Joe Schreiber's second young adult novel puts the pedal to the metal and doesn't let up. This would be one exhausting novel if it were much longer.

(Although it could use a few less chapters that are only a page or two long.)

Fans of character-driven novels should look elsewhere. PERRY'S KILLER PLAYLIST is all about the action and comedy with little room for anything els
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Perry & Gobi Fans
Recommended to Kyle by: Kelly Leigh
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To say that I was hesitant to read Perry's Killer Playlist is a bit of an understatement. Most sequels as of late have turned out to be unnecessary and just written to put money in somebody's wallet by expanding a stand-alone into a whole series. Au Revior, Crazy European Chick ended pretty nicely for me, and I saw absolutely no need to read an entire book more about Perry and Gobi, even if I enjoy reading about their characters.

While this final (?) inst
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it
As I mentioned in the first book in the series, "Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick", this is a bit of a departure from what I usually read, an fast-paced action and adventure featuring a male protagonist. That being said, I still quite enjoyed it. Aside from the literal "kept on the edge of your seat" and "page-turner" aspect to it (almost as soon as you start this you will find that you have finished it, it lends for a few hours of easy escapism), I think that one of the book's biggest strengths ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Perry is on tour with his band in Europe. All of the band members fear the worst: Gobi showing up and ruining the tour. Well, a little bit more than that happens, and nothing ends up well.
Usually, I hate the sequels to books because they're never better than the original. I don't hate this book, it was actually pretty good. All the heart pounding excitement, love, surprise, thrill. That made me love the book. But compared to the first book, this was pretty lackluster.
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed on reutreads, a young adult book blog.

I had a vague notion that there was going to be a sequel to one of my favorite reads of 2012, Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick , but it wasn't really on my radar. When it showed up in my mailbox, I was very excited. Turns out, Gobi was never quite done with Perry, and there are still many targets to assassinate.

I love the zaniness and surrealism of this series, but more than that I love how it balances said zaniness with realism and dar
Monique Snyman
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gobi and Perry are back for another action-packed adventure that'll push Perry to his limits, and Gobi to the extreme. Filled with some excellent scenes, intriguing twists and turns and a lot of mayhem, these two will keep young adult readers entertained and wanting more of this fun and unique series. Personally (and I'm in my mid-twenties), I can't wait to see what is in store for the dynamic, albeit different, duo. Pretty Lethal by Joe Schreiber is the second book in the Pretty Deadly series a ...more

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Perry's life has been almost perfect since his wild night with exchange-student-turned-assassin Gobi. He has the perfect girlfriend, a happy family, and his band is starting to really take off.

In fact, Inchworm is set to go on a European tour. Wandering around Venice, he makes a choice: he's going to visit the bar he and Gobi promised to meet at. What happens next leads Perry
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved it. Perry is at it again- he's taking a year off- delaying college (got into Columbia with an essay that outlined that wild night with Gobi that we read about in Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick) to see where his band, the Inchworms might go. He hooks up with an unlikely girlfriend, 22 year old Paula, hot and a music promoters assistant. Not one to delve too deeply into his good luck Perry is delighted when she sets up a European tour for the Inchworms.
In Venice, Perry cannot help himself
Jeff Raymond
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Au Revoir Crazy European Chick is a recent-ish favorite of mine, and I somehow forgot there was a sequel. By the time I got to reading it, my overall feelings about it were still high, and this book just feels more tacked on and unnecessary than anything else.

Perry's band is touring Europe, and who else shows up but Gobi. Quickly, it becomes a big international espionage/manhunt situation, and there are double-crosses and major conspiracies abound before coming to the conclusion. The issue is th
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The follow-up to Crazy, European Chick, this book continues the adventures of Perry and Gobi. Why are they? Why, a 17-year-old bass player and a hitwoman of course. How in the world did they meet? I'm glad you asked. Gobi was assigned to Perry's family as an exchange student. Their wild and crazy adventures continue in this book as Perry's band, Inchworm, lands a tour deal in Europe where he encounters Gobi again. There's a good amount of gunfire and death, but I feel pretty safe in telling you ...more
Mary Stover
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring and crazy

I made this rating because I loved it. It just as good as the first book. I liked all the book including the characters Perry and Gobi. Who I wished finally got to be together as a couple. I would recommended you read the first book before reading this one but if you like espionage and thrill seeker thus book is for you.
Tara Carpenter
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, thriller
A follow-up to a great first! I liked this one too, but probably the first better. These would definitely appeal to YA but enough violence that I wouldn't want mine to read it for a few more years.

Sarah Doubenmier
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Meh. There was a lot to this book that just didn’t make sense. The band, the girlfriend, why he’d want to meet back up with Gobi. Reluctant readers who liked the first one, and like a series so they don’t have to learn new characters would like this.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great sequel, very entertaining.
Another fun ride... more adult topics mentioned in this one, but still clean and crazy!
James Blake
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Was a steep drop off from the original. Was a hard push to get through. Some positivity, but overall the storyline was blah and unfulfilling.
Bonnie Hauser
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Like the first book in this series, this was a fun, fast paced adventure with clueless Perry and assassin Gobi. Being the nerd I am, I made Perry's Killer Playlist on Spotify and even though it includes a few 80s songs I was never really fond of to begin with, it is as much fun as the book. ...more
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Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Freaking awesome. The only two words in the English dictionary that can be used together to describe my thoughts of Perry’s Killer Playlist by author Joe Schreiber. Seriously, after reading Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick his first YA novel, I have been eyeing the sequel for about a month and now that I’ve finally gotten to read it I can proudly say that I = mind blown. I had my concerns, I mean, the first novel was nothing but Perry getting to play Gobi’s getaway driver/hostage before he learns ...more
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Just like the first book in this duology, "Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick", "Perry's Killer Playlist" is another plot-driven page-turner that's not only fun but has lots of action. It's another slim tome that kind of has you left wanting more (way more, especially after that ending!), yet at the same time, gives you a good ending for Perry and Gobi this time around, one that leaves you satisfied enough to let the story go. If you're looking for a little more action in YA, you definitely have to ...more
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Perry has the worst luck with women! Things seem like they are getting better when Perry's new girlfriend gets the band, Inchworm, a European tour. The first show goes off without a hitch. Perry gets into Venice, decides to go search out Gobi (the European chick from book 1), and things go downhill very quickly after that. Complete with assassinations, mixed up scenarios, sexual situations, and occasional references to him playing an actual instrument, Perry's life just sucks. He quite l
The most difficult genre to write, I have long believed, is humor. Perhaps it is inescapable that authors have a hard time maintaining just the right balance between coherent story and the jab of the surprising. Some books, like Catch-22, wield enough innovation and intelligence and energy to maintain their humor even through hundreds of literarily robust pages; others, like The Ask as a typical modern example, may rise in bursts to the level of funny but more frequently smacks of hip desperatio ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We should all have a Crazy European Chick in our lives! Gobi (& Perry, of course) are back for more action-packed, laugh-out-loud assassination games in this sequel, and that can only be seen as a good thing. The original book, "Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick" was a very pleasant surprise that really demonstrates how talented author Joe Schreiber is. This story maintains that perception. The characters may have been established in the first novel, but they are developed even further here, in my ...more
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vine
Perry survived his disastrous prom night with crazy-exchange-student-assassin Gobi. And he has to admit things are looking up.

His college essay about said disastrous prom night earned him a spot at Columbia. His band Inchworm is on a European tour and on the verge of an actual record deal. He has a majorly hot (older) girlfriend. And, best of all, with Gobi out of the picture no one has tried to shoot him for months.

Too bad it was all too good to last.

Gobi, the Lithuanian exchange student from h
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although I liked Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick and wanted to know more about the titular chick, known as Gobi, I wasn't entirely sure a sequel was necessary. The first book had its own contained story. Still I enjoyed it enough that I instantly wanted the second and after a bit of waiting, I got to it.

I missed the first book's chapter framing device of responding to college admissions essays but this time we have song titles from classic rock, appropriate for Perry's new status as bassist for
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to
This was a family listen-aloud in the van. I chose it because of the music connection and thought my boys (13 & 11) would like that. Description said ok for ages 12 and up, so I figured it split the difference. The protagonist is 19, though, and that should've been my clue. Given the F-bomb, among many other swear words and the frequent talk about losing/having lost virginity and Perry's 24 year old girlfriend, not my best mothering move. By then we were into it and there was no turning back, al ...more
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
This second book in the Perry & Gobi series continues Perry’s story. After surviving a wild night with Gobi, an assassin who disguised herself as a foreign exchange student, Perry’s band is doing very well and is now touring Europe. He is dating a new girl, an older girl, who is sophisticated and completely out of his league. But when the band travels to Venice, Perry can’t help but visit Harry’s Bar, the place the Gobi said she would meet him someday. Gobi does show up, but once again she bring ...more
Tahieuba Latif
Now I know from personal experience that when it comes to book sequels the standards need to be higher than its previous book. Pretty Deadly is a fast paced, action packed story, perfect for a teenage boy’s wet dream. I wasn’t expecting much from its sequel Pretty Lethal (or the USA title Perry’s Killer Playlist). I mean what else need to happen?

Oh we still need to know what Perry is doing after the first book as clearly he didn’t want to go to college. He takes a European tour for his band Inch
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was absolutely a killer playlist! With every chapter, there's written on top of the page is a song title and the artist or band who recorded/sang it. Awesome, adventurous and thrilling book! The different scenes happened really fast! It was truly gripping, action-packed!

Gobi is amazing! While Perry, well, he might be kind of a sidekick or lover of Gobi but he did a great job handling dangers and his sense of humor has gained this review another star that sums up to 4 stars! Real guy, he is. O
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Perry' Killer Playlist is the sequel to Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. I didn't read the first book in the series, but was able to follow this story anyway. It was clear from reading the book that characters and events were introduced in the first book that I knew nothing about. This book is fast-paced. Schreiber doesn't rehash or reintroduce but throws enough clues your way. This keeps
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Perry, who just the previous spring was involved with driving around his Lithuanian exchange student roommate turned assassin, has gone to Europe with his band, Inchworm. After arriving in Venice, Perry goes to a bar he heard Gobi mention, in the outside chance she might be there. People looking for Gobi accost him; Gobi saves him, and takes Perry back to her suite. Before he knows it, he is back as an accomplice in Gobi’s assassination. Gobi finds his way back to his girlfriend Paula and the ba ...more
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Joe Schreiber was born in Michigan but spent his formative years in Alaska, Wyoming and northern California. Until recently, he has never lived in the same address for longer than a year. Before settling in Hershey he lived in New York, Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland (OR), and Philadelphia. Becoming a parent forced him to consider a career with more reliable income, and ...more

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