My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn

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. Th...

Details My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life

TitleMy Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life
Release DateDec 18th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Cultural, Japan

Reviews My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life

  • MissBecka
    Thank you NetGalley and Disney Book Group for granting my wish!I requested this hoping it would be good and it ended up being amazing!!!The scenery, food, culture and of course cats made this a delight to read.It was so much fun and had a lot more to it than I expected.Now I really must get back to Japan and actually see more than just the airport.I really enjoyed this and hope all of you get a chance to check it out too!!!
  • Scrill
    This review and others like it can be found on my blog, Vicariously & VoraciouslyARC received from Netgalley for a fair review.On Elle's 16th birthday, the father she never knew sends for her to be retrieved from foster care where she has been since her mother's incarceration. She is whisked away to a life in Tokyo, Japan where she gets the Cinderella life she never imagined. But all the glamour falls short as she struggle to adjusts to the custo...
  • Catie
    Don’t read this for the characters, plot, or romance. The main character is bland, inoffensive, and cute but not notable in any way. The rest of the characters could be copied and pasted from any soap opera cast. The romance inevitably happens but without much tension or corresponding release, and the conflict is resolved so swiftly and randomly that all logic must be abandoned at the door. Read this, instead, if you plan to visit Tokyo. Becaus...
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    Any book about Japan or private school is a win for me, so My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn was an instant must-read. The book is both entertaining and emotional, and the main character is likeable. I especially loved reading the descriptions of Tokyo. This is a fun read that is also informative.Full Review on The Candid Cover
  • Teresa
    Thank you to NetGalley, Rachel Cohn, and Disney-Hyperion for the opportunity to read My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life in exchange for an honest review.This is a spunky, fast-paced novel geared toward teenage girls. It is told in the perspective of Elle, a girl who just wants to graduate high school so she can get out of foster care. She loves her mom, but ever since her mom started doing drugs, life has been a challenge, and she knows nothing ...
  • Kay Wisteria
    This cover is basically the cutest thing ever. And I had such high hopes for this one! It's really a shame that I was so let down. The premise of this is really cute! It's a Cinderella-esque rags to riches story, about a poor girl in foster care being whisked away to live with her previously unknown fabulously wealthy Japanese dad in Tokyo! I've read so many books with a similar premise, but never before in Asia, so I was really excited for this ...
  • Amber
    Elle Zollener is a young girl who is trying to survive school and being in foster care. When her 16th birthday arrives, her Uncle Masa arrives to tell her that her father would like her to go live with him in Tokyo, Japan. Elle says yes and goes on an adventure of a lifetime. Will she finally have the family she always wanted and can survive? Read on and find out for yourself.This was a pretty good read. If you enjoy stories about Japan and famil...
  • Bunni
    Couldn’t put it down but I didn’t like the way everything was neatly wrapped up in the ending...even though i was glad with HOW it ended it just seemed veryyyy fast. Wouldn’t have minded a longer book instead.
  • Cassie O. | Lost In Tomes
    This was... a little disappointing. I was expecting this to be a light, fun contemporary set in Japan. I love watching Asian Dramas and was very excited hoping this would have a similar feel. What I got instead was a lot of angsty teens with parental issues and a newbies guidebook to life in Japan. Our main character Elle is a pretty colorful individual however she lacked any real depth, I felt like her and the entire cast was pretty forgettable....
  • Kris
    3.5 STARS
  • Vicki
    DNF at 68%. Because when I wasn't pissed off, I was bored. I don't even know where to start with this. I guess: I'm glad I borrowed the book from the library instead of buying it? Which based on GR reviews, I figured I'd be better off doing; when everyone says it's more like a tourist's guide to Japan than a novel with substance, they are not wrong.I picked this book up because I was curious. Tokyo is home to me. I was born there, throughout my c...
  • junie ✧
    I really enjoyed this! I loved the Tokyo setting and getting to experience it all along with our main character. She was funny and smart and knew how to stand up for herself and I really enjoyed reading from her perspective. The love interest was adorable and I wish we’d had more time with him since it was such a slow burn and took most of the book for them to even kiss. I liked the development between her family and how they slowly worked towa...
  • Al
    lmao dnf @ 14%. there’s a way to write culture shock, teenage trauma/feelings, and general japanese culture and this ain’t it y’all
  • Rachel Macklin
    DNF at 40%A plot? I've never heard of her. Another reviewer described this as Crazy Rich Asians for teens which is fairly accurate, but this lacks the compelling characters and lush descriptions that made Crazy Rich Asians interesting
  • Sam L.
    Okay *inhales deeply*. Okay. This book was a waste of most of the time I spent on it, and the characters weren't even likeable. The only good part of this entire book was the last fourty or so pages. Would not recommend.
  • Anne Oftedahl
    It's cute and all, and I really like the view on Japanese culture, but I felt like the plot was more of a second thought rather than what actually drove the story...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    RTC for blog tour Dec 27th. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for my copy for review.
  • Stephanie Johnson
    Elle’s journey offers a look into the foster care system, addiction, Japanese culture, and how all families are dysfunctional. This book can be a great recommendation as a lighter teen read.
  • Lindsay
    Elle is in foster care after her mom ends up in jail due to drug usage. Her life is complete hell until her uncle appears with a social worker, telling her that her father has decided to take her in and she’s moving to Tokyo. Elle has never met her father nor does she know anything about him so the story focuses on Elle navigating her new life in Japan, making friends, and getting to know the family she never knew she had.This was a typical rag...
  • Lisa Mandina
    I really was intrigued by the premise of this one, so excited to get to read it early. This was a page-turner, and I zipped through it in no time. I loved learning about life in Tokyo so much. I'm going to start calling my sodas "dark sugar water". I mean think about it, it's what they are, and who would think that a dark water would be something good? Well, I guess everyone loves coffee and tea, and they're dark water in a way. There was so much...
  • Elisquared
    I have been a Rachel Cohn fan for quite a while, so I was thrilled when I got to be a part of the blog tour for her latest book, My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life. It contains so many things I love: private school, Japanese culture, and a sassy main character. But above all, this is a story about family and finding out where you belong; something everyone can relate to, in some way.This book examines a lot of tough subjects: alcoholism, substan...
  • Kristin
    My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life is the story of a foster kid who not only finds out that her father is some bigwig in Japan, but he's also asked her to come and live with him. Elle gets whisked away to Tokyo to live with her rich father in his high-rise building. Not only does she go from rags to riches overnight, but she also goes through a culture shock as she tries to navigate the Japanese culture.I'm not overly sure how I feel about this ...
  • Samantha Trillium ☂
    This book is actually really refreshing. The story is your typical rags-to-riches YA trope, but I thought it was so much better than the typical because the main character, Elle, was just so... Grateful . What a concept. There is still all the teen angst, but it was so much easier to accept it when you could see just how much everything meant to her. Elle is just trying to get through high school without any references to the fact that she may or...
  • Amberfranceen
    This book starts out pretty grim, and I was just settling into that tone when the main character, who's portrayed as sht and awkward, is whisked away to her fabulous new life, where it becomes a real Princess Diaries situation. Suddenly our heroine is sassy and bold and witty.. no real explanation for the abrupt change in personality other than the cliche rags to riches arc. The rest of the book essentially reads as a travel guide to Tokyo, which...
  • Sarah
    3.5 Definitely what I needed after a heavier read...Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians. Everything I expected and I enjoyed it.
  • Renata
    ok first of all (view spoiler)[RIGHT AWAY THE CAT DIES, WHY (hide spoiler)]anyway uh...this book mainly exists to be like, Gossip Girl style wealth porn but for Japan-lovers, and that's a fine thing for a YA book to be, and indeed I did enjoy the lavish descriptions of fancy Tokyo high rises and sushi chefs and whatnot. The real flimsy and this is another book where the grownups mostly seem to exist so that you feel bad for how UNFAI...