Hello loves and Happy Friday!!! Welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for MY ALMOST FLAWLESS TOKYO DREAM LIFE by Rachel Cohn hosted by RockStar Book Tours. Today, I’ll be sharing my review and a giveaway so don’t forget to stay until the end.
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.
A Wonderfully heartwarming tale of family, forgiveness, friendship and love.
This book was surprisingly really good. My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn was a lighthearted and delightfully fun read that kept me entertained until the very end.
I really enjoyed reading this book and getting to see Japan through Elle’s story. I think that was my favorite part of this book. I liked the gorgeous sceneries, learning a bit about the culture and traditions, and just reading everything about Tokyo. Without a doubt, this novel definitely made me want to visit Japan now more than ever and the food… don’t even get me started on that. I was literally so hungry the entire time I was reading.
I liked the author’s writing style a lot. It was illustrative and engaging. I liked that I could picture myself being at certain places and almost tasting the delicious food. I also really liked the plot. I thought it was fast-paced, entertaining, humorous, and emotionally affecting. The story moved pretty quickly and if I didn’t have to sleep, go to work, and take care of my newly spayed pup, I absolutely could have finished this in one sitting. It’s totally one of those books that easily get you hooked and you’re so into the story that you don’t even realize when you’re almost finished. At least it was for me and I love when books can do that.
The characters were all pretty great. I thought they were realistic, genuine and relatable. Elle was a fantastic lead and I really enjoyed her character development. From the beginning, I just had this feeling that I would like her, and I honestly really did. Even though I didn’t always agree with Elle, I liked that she was determined, strong, and had a great sense of humor. For a teenager who went through so much, I admired her strength and perseverance, choosing to better her life, and fighting for what she wants.
So, this book was mainly focused on family, but there was a bit of romance. As a romance addict, it surprised me that I was not a fan and I honestly could care less. There were some good moments, but it didn’t work for me and I wouldn’t have minded if there was none of it in the book. But, if you do like stories with romance, then you’re in luck. It just wasn’t my cup of tea in this book.
There were some minor flaws and the ending was a bit rushed, but overall, I really liked this book. My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life was a beautifully written, satisfyingly entertaining, and wonderfully heartwarming tale of family, forgiveness, friendship and love. It’s sweet, short, charming, and a fun novel that will engross readers from beginning to end. Definitely recommend you check this book out.
I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher and Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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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