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Ssues When they get in trouble they seek diplomatic immunityEnter 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 DC 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. 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 like a tourist s guide to Japan than a novel with substance they are not wrongI picked this book up because I was curious Tokyo is home to me I was born there throughout my childhood I spent all of my breaks there I grew up in Misawa a town up north and I return every 2 3 years to visit my family there Honestly I was reading this for the homesickness and the nostalgia factors And I might have felt even a smidgen of that too had it not been for Elle the main character whose point of view we live in through the storyHow can a multiracial half Japanese half Native Americanblackmiscellaneous white European girl in the foster care system come across as so entitled and spoiled and selfish How can her introduction to Japanese culture smack of so much white privilege and savior syndrome Maybe I m just ultra sensitive to it having grown up as both Japanese and American but seriously her culture shock screamed rude and insensitive borderline racist criticism to the point where I was offended I m not saying that Japanese culture is perfect and that there aren t things to criticize But come on whining about every last little cultural idiom that differs from white American culture even the benign things No sorry I cannotThis isn t even getting into her treatment of her family which smelled like Bella from Twilight I m hesitant to rant too much into this because I get a lot of this is because of her brief stint in the foster care system and I m cognizant enough of my own privilege to recognize that there are some things to this point that I just don t get That s fine Benefit of the doubt given But no points for Elle s cultural insensitivityNow let s talk language Rachel Cohn s research into Japanese culture and Tokyo culture is definitely something to be commended and almost enough to merit a 2 star DNF rating from me as opposed to a 1 star But the languageFirst of all Akemi is NOT pronounced ah kay mee like Elle explains Yes an American would pronounce her name like that But a Japanese person WOULD NOT And Akemi herself would not pronounce her name ah kay mee Otherwise it would be spelled Akeimii So Wrong It s ah ke mi I bet Cohn thinks Ryuu is pronounced ri yuu too Ordinarily I chalk that one up to English speakers lacking the capability to pronounce the ryu syllable correctly buuutAlso the slang for arigato gozaimashita or thank you very much last I checked is not go zai mas Gozaimasu is the very much part of thank you very much and is in fact used in various other contexts than just arigatou To be fair MAYBE in the 2010s that s what the kids in Japan are using I can barely keep up with the Gen Z slang in America and I live here I m not going to fuss over the euivalent generational slang in Japan because it s not relevant to me when I visit but in the 90s and 00s if you wanted to be casual than just plain arigatou which is actually REALLY casual the slang was sankyuu Again slang changes all the time so maybe it s different now I don t know but it s throwing me off I would say that maybe go zai mas is the ICS Tokyo slang but Elle pointedly mentioned that she read it in the handbook her father s assistant gave her so I m not awarding that benefit of the doubt eitherThese are the ones that stood out to me I had to dull myself from any possible other offenses before too long And not all of the language things are incorrect to be fair most are pretty accurate But I have a feeling that while Cohn researched the language she probably didn t even bother to actually study it and it showsAs for the story itself I don t know a lot of reviewers are saying that the plot doesn t kick up until the part where I gave up Maybe it s an accurate assessment But the parts of the book that I did read are seriously a whole lot of nothing and I just couldn t imagine whatever plot exists making up for everything that was pissing me off in the parts I did read so yeah Basically if you re Japanese don t read this If you re a Japanophile don t read this If you re looking for a good YA story don t read this Just don t read this The writing is solidly good the research is mostly great but there is no plot until near the end evidently I didn t stick around long enough to find out and Elle is an infuriating protagonist Again I m so glad this was a library read and not anything I spent money on

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'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 implodeMy 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. Couldn t put it down but I didn t like the way everything was neatly wrapped up in the endingeven though i was glad with HOW it ended it just seemed veryyyy fast Wouldn t have minded a longer book instead

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I'm here to take you to live with your father In Tokyo Japan Happy birthdayIn 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 i. Pre review I d just read the premise and it sounds like a scream will look forward for this bookLink Outline of the story Elle Zoellner was a 16 years old girl raised by a single mother when her mother was sent to jail for being a drug addictseller she was forced to live with different foster families Then at her 16 years old birthday Elle was told all of sudden her bio father is a rich Japanese businessman and he wanted her to move to Tokyo to live with himHuh that sounds like a mixture of Crazy Rich Asians Boys Over Flowers and the other silly rags to riches girl manga I d read before XD 100 pages into the story something started to bug me I don t understand how could a half Japanese girl from America be so ignorant about the basic things in the Japanese culturepop culture I mean I don t expect her to know the language every social norm and practice instantlybut come onshe didn t even know what Tokyo Tower is and she seemingly hadn t watched an anime in her life I know American public schools aren t big on teaching their students about foreign cultures but shouldn t this Elle girl be curious about her father s side of the cultural inheritance when she grew upThen at around page 154 The love interest Ryuu was reading a Haruki Murakami book French translation mind you at lunch time It really bugs me because it s never mentioned that Elle the MC knows any French nor any Japanese novelist although Murakami has become really popular worldwide through the years so how can she recognize a Haruki Murakami French translation from a distance It really feels incoherent when in one scene the MC seems to know the basic of Japanese pop culture eg she can tell the students of her new school have hairstyles similar with anime characters she seemingly knows who Haruki Murakami is but in the next scenes she acts and talks like she has never been exposed to said culture in her life That s so frustrating However I m uite impressed by the author s keen observation on the practices of Japanese people and her descriptions of the different locations in Tokyo It s highly likely that the author did visit Japan or at least Tokyo for a few times and she had done some good research I m giving her my thumb up hereMore to come


10 thoughts on “My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life

  1. says:

    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 v

  2. says:

    I reuested this hoping it would be good and it ended up being amazingThe scenery food culture and of course cat

  3. says:

    Pre review I'd just read the premise and it sounds like a scream will look forward for this bookLink Outline of the story Elle Zoellner was a 16 years old girl raised by a single mother when her mother was sent to jail for being a drug addictseller she was forced to live with different foster families Then at her 16 years old birthday Elle was told all of sudden her bio father is a rich Japanese businessman and he wanted her to

  4. says:

    This review and others like it can be found on my blog Vicariously Voraciously ARC received from Netgalley for a fair reviewOn Elle's 16th birthday the father she never knew sends for her to be retrieved from foster care where she has

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    Sometimes I just wonder what revision processes a book went through I was stoked about this one I love Japanese culture a

  7. says:

    So this book wasn’t terrible but let's just say it wasn’t for meThe characters felt very one dimensional I didn’t connect or care for any of them really Her so called family on her father's side were very u

  8. says:

    Couldn’t put it down but I didn’t like the way everything was neatly wrapped up in the endingeven though i was glad with HOW it ended it just seemed veryyyy fast Wouldn’t have minded a longer book instead

  9. says:

    lmao dnf 14% there’s a way to write culture shock teenage traumafeelings and general japanese culture and this ain’t it y’all

  10. says:

    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

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