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Tokyo Dare (The Sushi Chronicles)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Sixteen-year-old artist, Erin Van Horn, doesn't know an Unagi Roll from a Kaiser Roll. But on a dare from her best friend, Tori Mukigawa, she wins a coveted spot as an exchange student at a prestigious Tokyo high school. Once in the Land of the Rising Sun, Erin struggles to learn the culture and deal with a host family from hell. Papasan, the father, stops speaking to her ...more
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published July 8th 2013 by Books We Love
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So I'm a proponent of reading something before reviewing it. Let's just say I COULD NOT get though this book on how terrible it was.
The "thanks" in the foreword was a list of Western names, with a "thanks" to the Japanese people for providing "fun. Yes this book IS racist if you were still wondering. The first page has " Ego no hansimasu!" which is gibberish in Japanese, and YES this was supposedly a Japanese person saying this. Notice the space too... yeah, this book had an editor and proofread
Amie McCracken
Tokyo Dare by Anne Van is an adventure, at least from an American’s perspective in Tokyo. Erin is on a scholarship to an academy in Tokyo. She won the scholarship against her best friend, Tori. Tori writes her a letter with a list of to-dos and tells Erin she’ll do nasty things to Erin’s beloved art project if she doesn’t complete the list. So begins Erin’s year in Japan.

This book was a great escape. I really enjoyed getting to experience every piece of Erin’s adventure, from boys to vending mac
Sarika Patkotwar
*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of Tokyo Dare from author Anne Van in exchange for an honest review. We thank Anne for the book!

I had no idea I'd enjoy Tokyo Dare as much as I did. It was an absolutely fantastic read! There is something very fun about Tokyo. Ever since the protagonist in author Daisy Whitney's When You Were Here (my review) took a trip to Tokyo, I've been more fascinated by the city and author Anne Van's email came to us at the right time when I was actually searching
Gail Kavanagh
This is one heck of a Tokyo trip, seen through the eyes of American scholarship student Erin as she negotiates hot date prospects, Hello Kitty hell, food that’s still moving, tiny t-shirt sizes and family secrets in her quest to fulfil best friend Tori’s to do list.

It is also excruciatingly funny, if you can get past the idea of a 16 year old with ‘humungous’ boobs hanging out in love hotels and giving up her virginity to a man who she says is amazingly good in bed. The mind boggles. What does s
Justine Winans
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Justine's Tokyo Dare Review To-Do List:

1) Set up blog post. Try to make it look pretty.

2) Talk about how incredible Tokyo Dare is.

3) Get mad at yourself for wanting to type Tokyo Drift even though this book is truly unique.

4) Fangirl over Fudo.

5) Highly Recommend. Like, Himalayas high.

6) Eagerly anticipate more.

I can easily say that I fell head over heels for Tokyo Dare, and am now immediately planning a trip to Japan. Okay, maybe I don
Katie S
While reading Tokyo Dare, many of the things my sister told me about her visit to the Japanese city came to life. Author Anne Van captures the atmosphere of the bustling country with this quirky tale, wonderfully told through the eyes of her teenage visitor to the foreign land. The main character, Erin Van Horn, tries her best to get through the challenges of a new world and often ends up with results that back fire on her, a modern day "Lucille Ball meets Tokyo" plot. A fun read for teenagers, ...more
If you are in need of a fun vacation to a foreign country, buy this book. I finished Tokyo Dare feeling like I'd been on a journey overseas to Japan with a spunky high-school girl. Erin meets some hilarious and interesting characters along the way, including a host brother who impersonates Elvis. I laughed. I learned about Japanese customs. I felt like I'd taken a wonderfully long summer break. For 3.99.
I saw this book promoted on Facebook and decided to one-click it since I'm such a sucker for anything Japanese. I'm really glad I did! Such a fun YA read and the real life Tokyo details really made it come alive for me. My husband and I are planning a trip to Japan next year and after reading this I'm even more excited to go. Will definitely be reading the sequel.
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