The New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine YA Book Club Pick! Emiko Jean’s Tokyo Ever After is the “refreshing, spot-on” (Booklist, starred review) story of an ordinary Japanese-American girl who discovers that her father is the Crown Prince of Japan.
Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izumi discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity…and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.
In a whirlwind, Izumi travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.
Izumi soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairy tale, happily ever after?
Look for the sequel to Tokyo Ever After in spring 2022!
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Being a royal turns out to be a lot harder than it looks in this deliciously fun novel. When Japanese American teenager Izumi learns that her absentee father is the Crown Prince of Japan, she also discovers she’s a real-life princess—a job she’s not sure she wants. We fell head over heels for Emiko Jean’s clever modern fairy tale, which captures the challenges of being a teen, or anybody really, who’s light-years outside of their comfort zone. Izzy’s offbeat sense of humor and down-to-earth style are qualities that ultimately serve her well as she navigates the ancient protocols of her new surroundings and responsibilities. Her verbal sparring matches with cute imperial guard Akio made our heart flutter, but our favorite aspect of this story was seeing the richness of Japan’s traditions and culture through Izzy’s eyes. Tokyo Ever After is a perfect fable—the kind about finding your own happy ending.
I’m not crying, you are.
Honestly, one of the best young adult romances I’ve read in the past two years and I’ve read 100. The character development is real, the emotions are raw, the humor slaps and the magic in exploring yourself and becoming who you are keeps you floating higher. I flew through this book and can’t wait to fall into the next one.