Tokyo Ever After, #1
May 18, 2021
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 Izzy 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, Izzy 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.
Izzy 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 fairytale, happily ever after?
**About the Author**
Emiko Jean is the author of Tokyo Ever After, Empress of all Seasons, and We'll Never be Apart. When Emiko is not writing, she is reading. Most of her friends are imaginary. Before she became a writer she was an entomologist (fancy name for bug catcher), a candle maker, a florist, and most recently a teacher. She lives in Washington with her husband and children (unruly twins). She loves the rain.
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Note: This Review contains NO spoilers
I love this read! Absolutely enjoyable and touching. The entire time reading this, The Princess Diaries (2001) and What a Girl Wants (2003) kept going through my mind. Yes... Tokyo Ever After if very reminiscent of these to films. I enjoyed watching these films. I would re-watch it when it is on TV... Ha! I could absolutely see this as a movie... hint hint. 😉
Anyways, Tokyo Ever After is an adorable and captivating story of a young lady trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs. Thought the developing romance was cute and funny. The author, Emiko Jean, painted a beautiful vision of Japan with her detailed writing. Come to the end, it is apparent that there is more to come with Izumi's growth as her own person between the two worlds she must live and love in.
Come to find out that there's a sequel to Tokyo Ever After!!! Makes sense since the end almost felt like a "cliffhanger" of sorts. I want to know what happens next for Izumi. I think fans of The Princess Diaries and What a Girl Wants will enjoy this book. I would have to guess that readers just might relate to Izumi.
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