Tuesday, December 11, 2018

My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn
[Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway]

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on the My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. This is a spotlight post, which means it's full of information about the book! There's also a giveaway at the bottom!

Author: Rachel Cohn
Pub. Date: December 18, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 384
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD

"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.

About Rachel:

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.

Giveaway Details: 
3 winners will receive finished copies of MY ALMOST FLAWLESS TOKYO DREAM LIFE, US only. 
Tour Schedule:

Week One:
12/3/2018- Novel Novice- Excerpt
12/4/2018- Here's to Happy Endings- Review
12/5/2018- A Court of Coffee and Books- Excerpt
12/6/2018- BookHounds YA- Review
12/7/2018- A Gingerly Review- Review

Week Two:
12/10/2018- Rhythmicbooktrovert- Review
12/11/2018- Do You Dog-ear?- Review
12/12/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt
12/13/2018- Daily Waffle- Excerpt
12/14/2018- The Reading Corner for All- Review

Week Three:
12/17/2018- Lisa Loves Literature- Review
12/18/2018- Eli to the nth- Review
12/19/2018- Dani Reviews Things- Review
12/20/2018- The Pages In-Between- Review
12/21/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo Blog- Review

Week Four:
12/24/2018- Falling For YA- Interview
12/25/2018- Smada's Book Smack- Review
12/26/2018- All the Ups and Downs- Excerpt
12/27/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader- Review
12/28/2018- Wishful Endings- Excerpt

Week Five:
12/31/2018- Under the Book Cover- Excerpt


  1. I read several books by Cohn years and years ago and enjoyed them. This one sounds like a good fish out of water story.

    1. I believe the only other book I've read by her was one she wrote with David Levithan -- Dash & Lily's Books of Dares. I really enjoyed their combined writing, but I'm not as familiar with her solo work. Which of her other books have you read? I might check them out!

    2. Let’s see, way, way back I read the Cyd Charisse series (Gingerbread, Shrimp, Cupcake). Those were pretty good if I remember right (it’s probably been 15 years, though). I liked Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. And Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. And Pop Princess was good. The only one that was kind of meh was You Know Where to Find Me. That one was kind of a dud for me.

    3. I've seen parts of the movie for Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, but haven't read the book! I don't think I would pick up a book titled "Shrimp" unless someone recommended it to me first. ;)

    4. Right? And what’s funny is that Gingerbread and Shrimp are character names! :)

    5. Hahaha! I never would have guessed that. Cupcake isn't also a character name? How does that fit in? Also, are they their REAL names or nicknames? Please tell me the reasons are explained!

    6. Oh man, you're making me test my memory. LOL Let's see, the main character is Cyd Charisse but I think she went by CC. Shrimp was her surfer boyfriend. Gingerbread was her childhood doll. I totally can't remember who Cupcake was. I'm drawing a blank on that one. :)

  2. I've loved this cover ever since I first saw it and it sounds pretty good now that I've read more of the synopsis. I think I'll see if my library is going to grab a copy.

    1. If you entered the giveaway, you could win a copy! :) I also really like the cover and think it's adorable! I would love to hear your thoughts if you have a chance to read it soon. <3

  3. I was hoping you reviewed this. I am on the fence, because I have seen meh reviews. I usually enjoyed her co-writes with DL, but not sure about this one.

  4. I wonder if the moral of this story is that there's more to a good life than extreme wealth? The culture Elle moves into doesn't sound like one I'd enjoy spending any time in!!

    1. It's half of her heritage, but she doesn't seem interested in learning about the culture. I think it would be interesting to know how other people live, and experience their way of life. I don't think it's a story about wealth, but about finding family and growing together. She's lived her entire life in the United States, so there will obviously be some changes when she moves to Tokyo, but I think she should embrace those changes and try to make the best of her new situation. Just because something is different, it doesn't mean it's bad. I hope she chooses to view her new life as an opportunity to learn about a new culture, and a side of her family she wasn't previously aware of.

  5. I haven't read this author but this sounds like a book that I might enjoy.

    1. Do you read a lot of YA? Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is an awesome read, and it's very wintery! :)

  6. Ughhh this book looks so amazing! Adding it to my TBR!

    1. I really like the cover! I think it's adorable! <3

  7. This sounds fab and I love the cover. ๐Ÿ‘

    1. I think the cover is really creative and matches the story!

  8. I really enjoyed this one! I think that the Tokyo aspects really added some interest to the plot. Thanks for sharing it. :)

    1. So far I'm enjoying the setting, but not the characters. I've taken a break from it, so we'll see! I'm happy you liked it! :)


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