I received this book at no cost from the publisherMy Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn
Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 18, 2018
MY ALMOST FLAWLESS TOKYO DREAM LIFE
“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.
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.
Another fun, escapist read from Rachel Cohn!
Elle is a fish out of water when her super-rich father brings her to Toyko to live in his hotel. Fresh from multiple foster homes since her drug-addicted mother is in jail, she thinks she will finally have a home. Except it doesn’t end that way. Elle finds that nothing will ever please her grandmother or super-hip aunt and when she tries to mix in with the most popular group at her international high school, she finds that falling for the wrong guy is another ticket to another life as an outsider. This is just such a delicious read.
While the plot is one that has been used before, it all depends on the writing and how the characters are portrayed. I was reminded a bit of Crazy Rich Asians and there are wonderful voices here but some of the secondary characters could have been given more background. I did feel like I was visiting Tokyo since the details about culture and life there are amazing. There are important issues of drug abuse with her mother and Elle being of mixed race that I would have loved to see developed more.
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