My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn

“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.

Read below for my spoiler free review. I received this book to review from Net Galley, but all opinions remain my own.

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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti (ARC) Review

I received this book as an ARC from the Barnes & Noble B-fest. A lot of you probably attended this, so a lot of you probably already own/have read it. I think copies were also given out at Y’all West and BEA, but I’m not sure.

My rating: 5/5 Stars

I realize that this is a very generous awarding of stars. I mean, the book was written fairly well, the characters were whiny at best (straight up 2-year olds at worst), and the plot was way far-fetched and didn’t make much sense. But for some reason, something in this book resonated with me. It made me think of my own life, and ponder both the inevitabilities and mysteries of the future. Call me crazy, but I liked this book.

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