WOW: My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life


My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn

Expected Publication: December 18th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 352

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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. 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.



  • The cover is just so cute. I don’t think this would be anything like my usual read, but it really caught my eye.
  • It’s all about modern Japan. I think because I read a lot of fantasy, I’ve read a fair number of stories set in historical Japan or inspired by historical Japanese culture. I don’t think I’ve ever read a contemporary.
  • “Learning what it is to be a family, and finding the inner strength to be yourself, even in the most extreme circumstances” sounds pretty interesting.



What are you currently reading?
Hardback: Not Even Bones
Audiobook: Wives and Daughters

What did you recently finish reading?

Ghost of a Potion

What do you think you’ll read next?

Raven and Skull

8 thoughts on “WOW: My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life”

    1. I’m really enjoying it! I think I’m about 45% in and although I have seen the TV adaption, it was a really long time ago and I don’t really remember anything about it. I kind of knew going in that it wouldn’t be overly plotty so I’m kind of just enjoying the characters at the moment. Have you read it?

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