AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK
Schreiber comes out swinging with his debut YA. The action ratchets up immediately and doesn’t stop. He masterfully concocts beautiful descriptive passages: one minute you’re laughing, the next you’re wincing from the fairly graphic violence. It’s a visual story that plays out like a huge summer blockbuster. Frankly, it’s just a lot of fun.
Perry is strong-armed into taking Gobi, the reticent foreign exchange student living with his family, to the prom, even though it’s the same night as his band’s first NYC gig. After an altercation, they leave early and, at Gobi’s request, head into the city where she must take care of “unfinished business.” The business, it turns out, is killing a series of targets. Why? Gobi’s an assassin posing as a high school student. Soon Perry is swept up in her whirlwind mission, standing up to his boorish father, lying to bad guys, playing in his band and, possibly, falling in love. (HOUGHTON MIFFLIN, Oct., 192 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780547577388, HC, 14 & Up)