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It’s always exciting to find contemporary books set in Japan from non-Japanese authors. And the premise of Rachel Cohn’s “My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life” is nearly as enticing as the kitschy-cute manekineko (lucky cat) cover.

After her mother is sent to prison, 16-year-old Elle Zoellner discovers her estranged Japanese father, Kenji Takahara, wants to whisk her out of foster care to live in Tokyo, where she’ll attend the prestigious (and fictional) International Collegiate School of Tokyo (ICS) alongside the capital’s upper-crust. Struggling to adjust to her new life and connect with her father and extended Japanese family, Elle quickly falls in with the uberpopular “Ex-Brats” at school. Think “Mean Girls” meets “Gossip Girl,” but in Japan … sort of.

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