My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn
Published December 18, 2018
Hardcover, 352 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 3/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Disney-Hyperion, I received an eARC)
“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.
This book was overall extremely cute. The storyline was definitely unique and something I haven’t yet come across. I loved learning a bit about a different culture.
I really enjoyed owl as character, she was very real and said what was on her mind. I could really feel for her through the situation she is going through even though it was nothing that I have ever heard of in my life. I like how she was determined to stand her ground and be happy.
If you’re looking for a unique, quick read this is definitely for you. There’s just overall a really cute book, I don’t see myself reading it again but I definitely would recommend it to others especially people who have read and liked this authors previous books.