Perry’s Killer Playlist: A Review

Perry's Killer Playlist by Joe SchreiberPerry 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 hell, is back and this time she isn’t making any bones about the people that need to die; the people she needs to kill.

Once again sucked into Gobi’s whirlwind of death and destruction Perry will have a lot of tough decisions to make before his European trip is over–assuming he lives that long in Perry’s Killer Playlist (2012) by Joe Schreiber.

Perry’s Killer Playlist is the high-octane sequel to Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. This one stands alone pretty well given the emphasis on murder and mayhem but the story will make more sense with the context of book one.

This novel is another improbable but entertaining rampage as Perry unwillingly accompanies Gobi on her deadly business. Perry is still a great narrator with just the right blend of terror and pluck. While a lot of the story will feel very familiar (arguing about murder doesn’t change much no matter what the book) Schreiber delves into some new territory addressing Perry’s unresolved feelings for Gobi and featuring his family in a larger part of the story.

With lots of excitement, a breakneck pace, and lots of short chapters this is a great pick for anyone looking for a fast but satisfying read.

If you want to recreate Perry’s killer playlist, the short chapters are labeled with different song lyrics.

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Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick: A Review

Au Revoir Crazy European Chick by Joe SchreiberPerry Stormaire had no intention whatsoever of attending his senior prom. Not when his band had their first ever actual gig in an actual club in New York City.

Unfortunately his parents have other ideas when the foreign exchange student staying with Perry’s family expresses her wish to attend prom before going home to Lithuania.

Why Gobija Zaksauskas wants to attend prom is anyone’s guess. Frumpy, quiet, not to mention epileptic it seems like Gobi’s entire mission as a foreign exchange student was to blend into the background.

All of that changes on prom night.

As Gobi embarks on a night-long mission of vengeance, Perry is dragged along–sometimes literally–for the ride. A week ago Perry’s biggest problems were choosing a college and working up the nerve to defy his father. Now, Perry isn’t even sure if he’ll make it through his prom night in one piece in Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick (2011) by Joe Schreiber.

Though completely improbable and often needing a lot of suspension of disbelief, Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick remains a fast exciting read of pure escapism with refreshing humor and oddly authentic characters for such an outlandish story.

Schreiber has created a fun blend of unlikely adventure and the more usual coming-of-age story. Structured with college essay question at the start of each chapter, Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick perfectly captures the panic and scrambling so often associated with the college search and application process.