The book tells the tale of Perry Stormaire, a fairly average high-schooler who just wants to be able to perform in a gig at a cafe in New York City with his band. Unfortunately, his mother has other plans. She forces Perry to take the family’s Lithuanian exchange student, Gobi, to the prom instead.
This book, however, isn’t your average “boy takes girl to prom even though he doesn’t really want to but then they end up falling in love and living happily ever after” novel. Because Gobi isn’t really a Lithuanian exchange student―she’s actually a 24-year-old trained assassin, and she’s on a mission to kill.
Perry is forced (at gunpoint, I might add) to drive Gobi through Manhattan’s concrete grid of streets as the two wade through blood, car chases, bombs, and even a bear fight.
And like any good novel, there’s another interesting story woven into the original plot, plus a twist at the end that most readers won’t expect.
At first, I wasn’t quite sure what I thought about Au Revoir Crazy European Chick. I dislike that the book is so unrealistic. It’s supposed to be a little out there, but it’s so outlandish that I had difficulty even imagining everything that was going on. But I think this is a personal thing; some people find it quite refreshing to suspend all disbelief.
The characters are very interesting. It’s easy to partially relate to both Perry and Gobi, thought I did find myself wondering exactly why Perry feels like this, or why Gobi did that. They’re fun to read, regardless: I will admit to laughing out loud at some of Gobi’s witty comments and Perry’s attempts to extricate himself from the situation.
Overall, I’d say Au Revoir Crazy European Chick merits four out of five stars. Although the story is a bit too unrealistic for me, the fast-paced, original plot makes this definitely worth a try!
Milan L. is an aspiring writer who loves horses, books, and anything else involving animals. She’s known on figment as “Pippa Sky Destry”, to her parents and sister as “Milan”, and to her beloved cat as a chew toy. She lives in a university town and enjoys spending time with friends and horses, reading, and making jewelry out of paperclips.