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Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick Hardcover – October 25, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547577389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547577388
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What follows are captures, tortures, machine guns, a helicopter rescue, and a kiss that is, like this addictive first novel for teens, a 'long, intoxicating dive through a sea of Red Bull.'"—Booklist, starred review

 

"Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is a high-octane, high-caliber joyride centered on one very loud night in New York City, a sort of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Hit List. As Perry deals with flying bullets, exploding glass, and college admissions, your assignment is much simpler (and safer): Read this book!" —Michael Northrop, author of Trapped

 

"Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is the hilarious YA buzzbomb I've been waiting for all year. Has style and wit to burn. I read the whole thing in one sitting. Buildings explode, scores are settled, and the dialog is explosively funny. Pretty much every page does it to the hilt. Boom." —Sean Beaudoin, author of You Killed Wesley Payne

 

"Fast paced, smart, exciting . . . it's like your favorite summer action thriller and John Hughes movie rolled into one." —Josh Schwartz, executive producer of Gossip Girl and The O.C.

 

"Plain and simple, it’s a blast. A couple of them, actually."—Publishers Weekly, starred review "Perfect for action adventure junkies who will enjoy the car chases, thugs, graphic killing scenes, explosions, and a random bear fight, Schreiber’s debut novel also contains enough humor, sexual tension, distinctive language, and character development to make this more than just a quick thrill read."—Horn Book

"This not-so-subtle irony combined with Schreiber's incisive wit and clever insights about high school and its relation to the larger world make this a slick, stylish read with serious implications that will give readers plenty to contemplate."--Bulletin

About the Author

Joe Schreiber is the author of adult novels DEATH TROOPERS, CHASING THE DEAD and EAT THE DARK. This is his first young adult novel.


More About the Author

I was born in Michigan in 1969 and lived all over: Alaska, California, Wyoming, all before age 10. The restlessness sank in -- after graduating from the University of Michigan, I just kept moving. I've lived in LA, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Oregon, and Martha's Vineyard. Constant relocation forced me to be creative in my employment: I've been a pet-sitter, an office boy in a DC law office, waited tables and worked at something like six different Borders Bookstores...which has to be a record. These days I work as an MRI tech at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on October 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Looking for an action-packed, explosion filled, super secret spy YA book? Look no further.

Perry is thrown into a crazy world full of dodging bullets and taking punches all on prom night. A night that he wanted to spend jamming out with his band but was forced to take his dorky European exchange student to prom instead. Only she turns out to be much more than an exchange student.

If you want something high-intensity, this is the book to go to. While Perry and Gobi aren't very fleshed out, I think the book is more plot driven than anything else. Gobi is trying to kill people and that's what's really driving the book. And also, maybe Perry and Gobi aren't very fleshed out so that the reader can easily step into the shoes of Perry (a la Bella in Twilight). Minus the whole romance thing, because there is zilch in this book.

Was this my favorite read of the year? No. But it's cute and if you want something short and sweet, this is it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. Devourer on November 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a "hit"...in every sense of the word.

Perry Stormaire is definitley that guy that all of us knows. Not hot but definitley cute. Not a geek but definitley smart. Not a "bad boy" but in a band...You know, your average senior. Everything about him is predictable until he meets Gobija Zaksawskas, his family's Lithuanian exchange student.

Gobi is exactly the opposite of what Perry was expecting. She is not hot, she is a geek and very strange. Goodbye to the dreams of a hot European chick turning him into a man. :(

Perry though ever the good guy is convinced to miss his bands first real gig in NY to take Gobi to prom. After this dance nothing will ever be the same for Perry again.

What a fun time. This is a fast and most enjoyable read. Get ready for plenty of surprises and a wild rompus through New York's grittier side. Buckle your seat belts and join Perry as he spends a unforgettable night learning things about himself and who he wants to be. Revenge is sweet when you are riding with a crazy European chick! Au Revoir!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Veronica L. Smith on November 10, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Au Revoir Crazy European Chick was great! It was a rollercoaster of wild and crazy stuff. It may be a Young Adult book but I enjoyed it a lot. There was no dragging out the story - this was straight on action. I've read a couple of his other books and agree that Joe Schreiber is an author with lots of good things still to come!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DAC VINE VOICE on November 7, 2011
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Perry is a senior and his parents decide to host an exchage student from Lituania. Gobi is very quiet until prom night. When Perry takes her to prom he discovers her true assassin identity. This novel does not live up to the blurb, "Ferris Bueller Meet La Femme Nikita" on the back of the book. Halfway through I was willing to give the story a soft three, but changed my mind when the author was not so much as inspired by director Michael Mann's Collateral damage but basically went ahead and did a very poor copy of it. This did not live up to all the great reviews at all. I highly suggest reading the excerpt provided by amazon before you decide to buy this one. If you still want to read it see if you can check it out from your library. Or better yet just watch Collateral.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Hoover on April 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
So prom season is totally coming up! And how better to celebrate prom season than by reading books about prom (especially since I am well out of prom age and I can't yet chaperone my kids' dances). Anyway, with prom in mind, I give you...

AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK by Joe Schreiber (Houghton Mifflin Books, October 25, 2011)

Five reasons why you should totally read this book!

1) The action starts on page 1 and never stops. And when I say it never stops, I'm serious. This novel is 100% action packed in at a break-neck speed.

2) Okay, premise. Perry is stuck going to prom with their family's exchange student. And he's sure it's going to be totally boring...until she turns out to be an assassin, and she ropes him into her hits. *love*

3) The humor in this book was priceless. I absolutely adored Perry. He's thrown into this completely crazy situation and has no idea what to do. So he bumbles around trying to figure out what's right while getting himself into every mess possible. And he's hilarious the entire time.

4) The settings in this book came to life. I loved the party scenes and dance scenes and traffic scenes. I felt like I was right there with Perry and Gobija as they sped around the city, getting into every bit of trouble they could.

5) The ending. It's...perfect. Just the right hint of more to come. Yes, were a sequel to hit the shelves, I would be first in line!

Overall, this book is highly recommended for boys or girls (totally boys will love this one. don't let the girl on the cover scare them away), seventh grade and up, fans of action, adventure, and dark humor.

Source of book: Won in raffle at ALA midwinter
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Skuldren on October 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Your typical rock song is a fast paced, loud, youth-in-rebellion anthem about freedom. In that sense, Au Revoir Crazy European Chick is a chart topping rock'n'roll hit that you'll want to listen to over and over while cranking your speakers to the max. Like a good rock song, it's fast paced. It's also jammed with action. The story follows a teenager who has a life changing experience that inspires that need to rebel against the day-to-day acceptance of a dull reality. Schreiber weaves together a tale of violence, mystery, and excitement that sparks a sense of freedom. And in case you're wondering about all the rock'n'roll allusions, the main character has a band which plays a rather memorable scene in the book and underlines the theme of the story: unpredictable, anything goes, fun.

If you're familiar with Schreiber's non-Star Wars books, you'll notice that this one is marketed as a young adult novel. First off, if you don't fall into the young adult category, don't worry. Au Revoir presents characters with the same degree of depth and flaws as his other novels. The main difference is that you won't find the same level of adult language that Joe used in books like Eat the Dark or Chasing the Dead. You also won't find any graphic gore, but that's not to say there isn't any violence or blood. The topics addressed in Au Revoir are also very serious in nature and worthy of both young and adult groups. Plus we all have an inner child in us, and remembering our younger days can be a fun trip.

The star of Au Revoir is Perry Stormaire, an eighteen year old kid whose graduated from high school and preparing for that big leap to college. He's life isn't anything extraordinary. His parents are upper middle class. His life has been pretty smooth and uneventful.
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