If you can't get enough of Japanese culture, this one is for you!
Elle’s mom is in prison for drugs, and Elle has resigned herself to a life of constant shuffling between foster homes. But that excitingly, confusingly, and abruptly changes when her previously nonexistent father turns out to be a gazillionaire businessman in Japan who wants Elle to move to Tokyo. In Tokyo, Elle has a lot of culture shock to overcome. She takes it in stride, though, and her new friends help her acclimate. She has teen angst and romance troubles and crushes throughout the story before she gets a non-romantic happily ever after.
My Almost Flawless Tokyo Life is a lot grittier than I expected. Not only are there a lot of f-bombs, but Elle’s mom is in prison for drugs and her previously-nonexistent father is an alcoholic and potential mobster in Japan. However, teens who also have troubles at home will identify with Elle— minus the whole “surprise! your dad is a gazillionaire in Tokyo and you’re moving to live with him!” Additionally, the insight into Japanese culture is super interesting.
My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn YA F Coh