Thursday, March 7, 2013
I picked this one up when I heard it described as a cross between Ferris Bueller's Day Off and La Femme Nikita - and I have to say, that description was delightfully apt. Senior high student Perry Stormaire gets stuck taking the dumpy exchange student who's been staying with his family to the prom, and all he can think about is how much he'd rather be in the city playing with his band at the best gig they've ever managed to get. But what starts out as a pity date turns into a high-speed action/adventure with humor and romance, a cinematic thrill ride that doesn't let up till the final page is turned.
I read this one on a coast-to-coast flight, and it was an excellent, captivating read. I immediately passed the book over to my 14-year-old daughter, and I enjoyed hearing her laugh as she read it. It's also the first book I can remember her reading that she really appreciated the writing style - so much so that she read her favorite passages aloud to me. I was delighted to find that there is a sequel: Perry's Killer Playlist. I brought it home from the library, but my daughter snatched it up, so I'll have to wait till she's finished!
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber (Houghton Mifflin, 2011)