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"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 16th birthday discovers that her long-lost father, Kenji Takahara, 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 hypercritical 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 ubercool 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.

©2018 Rachel Cohn (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Appalling narrator

The narrator should have done her research before recording this book. Characters who are supposed to know the correct pronunciation of Japanese words like Roppongi or Depachika end up saying roppongee and depah-chka for example. Frustrating when you know and love Japan and are stopped in your tracks every time the narrator mispronounces or uses a bad Japanese accent that really takes you out of context!
Lots of incoherences in the story, like how does Elle not know São Paolo is a place but knows about the Eiffel Tower? Isn’t she supposed to be a top student? You’d expect her to know her basic geography.
Anyway, mildly entertaining story, only listen to it if you want to hear touristy and basic stuff about japan

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Enchanting as well as educational.

Wonderfully cute and enchanting. Listen to it makes you fall in love with Japan just through words alone. It tackles the harsh reality around Japanese Culture as well as it's enchanting parts that make Japan such an amazing country with a rich culture. it is a great way to experience the country through a heartful story of El learning her family and adjusting to her new life.

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  • Kaitlin clavier
  • 22-12-20

Couldn’t stop listening.

I want to start out with I’m a grown adult women, but when I started this book I had the understanding that the main character was a TEENAGE girl and wasn’t annoyed by her annoying tendencies because I once was a annoying teenage girl. I read other reviews on this book and seen people talk about how this girl is and how she’s acting, but forgets this is a peek into a newly 16 year old girls life. Yes the other Characters didn’t have have much growth but it was fine, it wasn’t about her friends or school mates. It was about her and her father, I wish there was more because there was more to be explained.. but it was a good story and worth the read if you keep in mind it’s about teenagers not grown women

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  • K-dog
  • 27-05-21

Cute story Japanese culture good listen

The story about the teen was endearing, but I most loved learning about people, places, phrases, food, cats, traditions and overall culture of Japan. A really interesting listen! Kept me wanting more.

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  • 08-04-21

Terrible

The main character swore a lot, and she was teaching her neighbor how to speak English by swearing. The main character was a brat, and ex-pacts will be the opposite of this character if you listen to this book. The only good thing about this book was calling addiction "the Beast."

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  • Danni Marie
  • 29-03-21

Woah that accent...

The story was interesting but my goodness that butchering of Japanese was rough to listen to. I knew I was gonna be in for it when the narrator kept saying Tokio vs Tokyo. It was to the point where I was wondering if the main characters first friend was actually African and not Japanese. I think if the narrator would have just kept with American pronunciation vs trying to do an accent it would be less distracting.

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  • Austin Weekes
  • 10-01-21

Such a bad accent

The story was great; intriguing, even. The narrator was great for everything except her horrendously terrible Japanese.