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Title: MY ALMOST FLAWLESS TOKYO DREAM LIFE
Author: Rachel Cohn
Pub. Date: December 18, 2018
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
“I’m here to take you to live with your father. In Tokyo, Japan! Happy birthday!”
In the Land of the Rising Sun, where high culture meets high kitsch, and fashion and technology are at the forefront of the First World’s future, the foreign-born teen elite attend ICS-the International Collegiate School of Tokyo. Their accents are fluid. Their homes are ridiculously posh. Their sports games often involve a (private) plane trip to another country. They miss school because of jet lag and visa issues. When they get in trouble, they seek diplomatic immunity.
Enter foster-kid-out-of-water Elle Zoellner, who, on her sixteenth birthday discovers that her long-lost father, Kenji Takahari, is actually a Japanese hotel mogul and wants her to come live with him. Um, yes, please! Elle jets off first class from Washington D.C. to Tokyo, which seems like a dream come true. Until she meets her enigmatic father, her way-too-fab aunt, and her hyper-critical grandmother, who seems to wish Elle didn’t exist. In an effort to please her new family, Elle falls in with the Ex-Brats, a troupe of uber-cool international kids who spend money like it’s air. But when she starts to crush on a boy named Ryuu, who’s frozen out by the Brats and despised by her new family, her already tenuous living situation just might implode.
My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life is about learning what it is to be a family, and finding the inner strength to be yourself, even in the most extreme circumstances.
Review: The thing I loved most about this book was definitely the setting. Japan is such a beautiful and culturally rich place and this book gives you a huge dose of it! The dust jacket mirrored the story/plot perfectly and the “maneki neko” on the front was super clever and cute. I loved Elle’s character in that she had thick skin and taught herself to be independent and didn’t let her horrible life destroy her. I really enjoyed experiencing Japan through Elle’s eyes and seeing her adjust too so many new things like Japanese customs, a fancy school, and having a father she never even knew existed. I liked Miss Cohn’s writing and attention to details although I would have liked to know what happens to Reggie (I need a dramatic confrontation!) and Elle’s mom. All in all I absolutely loved the heartwarming conclusion to this story and it’s fast pacing combined with it’s fantastic story will keep you turning the pages!
I highly recommend it to fans of Japanese culture.
Rating: 4 Stars
FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review
Rachel Cohn is the bestselling, award-winning author of many books. She lives in Los Angeles with two very cool cats named McNulty and Bunk.
3 winners will receive finished copies of MY ALMOST FLAWLESS TOKYO DREAM LIFE, US only.
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