Review: My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn

Review: My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel CohnTitle: My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life
Author: Rachel Cohn
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: December 18, 2018

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

"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.

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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. Continue reading

Review: The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily

Review: The Twelve Days of Dash and LilyTitle: The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Dash and Lily #2)
Author: David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 8, 2016

two-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December.

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The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily is a really disappointing sequel to Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. This companion novel has far less adventure in and Lily’s character in The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily is so negative. The constant negativity doesn’t make the book seem Christmassy at all. Continue reading

Review: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

Review: Dash and Lily’s Book of DaresTitle: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily #1)
Author: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 26, 2010

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

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Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is the perfect winter read! It is such a unique  book that is told over the course of about a week. Alternating narrators made me enjoy this book even more! If you have yet to read this incredible book, I suggest you add it to your TBR lists. Continue reading