I am finally caught up on my Random Reads! This book was not what I expected, but it was a quick and interesting read.
Perry Stormaire lives the life his parents expect. He plans to attend Columbia University, because his dad wants him to go there and Perry gives up being on the swim team to study more. The only thing he keeps for himself is playing in his band Inchworm. However when his band has a chance at a big break, his parents force him to take Gobi, their foreign exchange student to the prom. Gobi, however is not who she seems. She is actually an assassin who takes Perry on a thrill ride through New York City as she plots to kill five people. Perry does not know why or who is driving her actions, but he believes his family is endangered by a bomb Gobi says she planted. Perry has to decide if he can trust Gobi with his life, his family's life, and possibly his heart.
I thought this was going to be a humorous read for some reason, which it did have some dark humor and sarcasm, but it was more of an action adventure/ coming of age type read. Not only is Perry dealing with Gobi's actions, but he also has to learn to stand up to his dad and choose his own life. Despite being a book about a female assassin, the violence is not extremely gory. It is a book that is hard to put down, because you want to find out why Gobi is killing people and if she is truly evil or driven by a higher motive. The suspense is great and I like Perry's sarcasm even in the face of death.
Favorite Character: Perry. I like how in the beginning he seems just like a smart, too sarcastic teen who is both self-absorbed and easy to walk all over, but who by the end of the book is more mature and truly in charge of his own identity. The events of his life in New York truly are life-changing and I like how that is reflected in his personality change.
Favorite Quotes: There are a few I liked in this story. This one illustrates Perry's sarcasm and sense of humor. "I couldn't remember the theme of the prom but it seemed to be along the lines of Social Darwinism Under the Stars."
"In the end memory is a cheat and a lie and no substitute for what he called the real stuff, the stuff of life."
"A tragic hero is an individual who, with every attempt to restore things to normal, only pushes himself further away from normalcy." I feel like this quote sums up so many of the characters I have read about this year!
This is not my usual type of read, but I really liked it and would love to start on the sequel soon. It is a great adrenaline rush of a read. 4 cups of cocoa.