Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn. This tour is being hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I will be sharing my review and there is a giveaway.
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.
My favorite part of My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life was Tokyo. Everything made me want to visit. Maybe not the crowded public transportation, but everything else. There is a lot in this book on Japanese culture and tradition. I haven’t been there to compare, but it felt well done.
I should probably start off mentioning some trigger warnings. There is drug abuse, possible date rape, racism, bullying, alcoholism, and mention of abortion without really using the term. There may have been more and I’m sorry for not mentioning it. There is a lesbian character that hides it because of her family and their traditions. There is sexism, too. Part of these things were based on the culture.
Elle was living with her third foster family. Her mom had a drug addiction and was in jail and she had never known her father. Just that he was Japanese. Things were not going well in her new home or school. The family only let her shower once a week and the kids at school were mean to her because of it. One day her “uncle” came there with a passport and told her she was going to live with her father in Tokyo. He owns a hotel and lives in the penthouse there. Elle really wants to get to know him, but he works more than anything else. She is sent to an English speaking private school where she becomes with the popular kids. At first Elle thinks this is the best thing, but she realizes that she has more fun with a couple kids that are not in the Ex-Brats crowd. Everything is new for Elle and she is trying to fit in at school and at home. Her grandma doesn’t want her there and is very traditional in her beliefs. Her aunt isn’t much better.
Things start getting better for Elle and she feels like Tokyo might be home for her. And then everything goes wrong all at once and she might be sent back to the US.
I’m not going to get into all the other characters in the book, but I really like Akemi and Ryuu. Akemi was never popular, but Ryuu was and was iced out by the Ex-Brats. His father was also in criminal trouble, so Elle’s father didn’t want her associating with him. Everything was about appearances there.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for providing me with a copy for review.
About the Author:
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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