Monday, October 01, 2018

REVIEW: My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn

Book Blurb: "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 Review: I will admit I was attracted to this book just because of that kawaii (cute) cover. I did go into this book with an open mind and I was excited to read more about Japanese culture. I could not care less about any of the characters in this book (except Masa, I loved Masa) or the situations that happened in this book. I don't even know how to express myself about how much I just didn't care. I wanted to DNF this book so much but the culture made me continue reading it. I just can't believe how much stock is put into appearances in Japan. This book is worth a read just for how much it talks about the culture alone but it's not worth reading for the story.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

*I received an advanced copy from NetGalley. All opinions are my own. 

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