Tokyo Ever After (Tokyo Ever After)

Emiko Jean's New York Times bestseller and Reese Book Club Pick 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 bestselling sequel, Tokyo Dreaming, out now.
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352 pages

Average rating: 7.39




Community Reviews

Mar 28, 2023
8/10 stars
3.8 great YA will absolutely read the second in May!
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Feb 03, 2023
8/10 stars
Izumi was adorable. I thought she was such a great MC. She is witty and adventurous. I felt her emotions throughout the book were well done and relatable. Becoming a Princess over night can not be easy and I'm glad that we got to see her vulnerable at times. I thought the book portrayed her struggle between her American life and Japanese heritage. She doesn't quite fit in in either world and I thought that this part of the story really added some good depth to her growth.

I loved the friendship between Izumi and her friends back home. They supported her through everything and all the times she contacted them about what she was going through felt authentic. It was definitely a highlight of the story for me.

The other highlight was of course the romance! I'm a sucker for a good forbidden love affair and their relationship was so sweet.

This book was adorable. It was the perfect light and fluffy YA contemporary. The audio was well done and I enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend!
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Jan 15, 2023
7/10 stars
This novel is a perfect escape material, fulfills the promise of the marketed premise- a great combination of Princess Diaries and Crazy Rich Asians. Our protagonist, Izumi is a Japanese American, and struggle to fit it because she feels like she can't say any place to be her own, brought up by her japanese mother. Suddenly she tumbles across the truth of her origin. With the help of her friends she comes to discover that the crown prince of Japan is her biological father. Izumi is actually a princess by birth. Now what is she going to do? Will her life be the same ever? Is her father going to accept her? Even if he does, can she fall into the place of a princess? Will she finally connect to her source? This is a fast paced, well written, binge worthy enjoyable novel. I flew through the book. My only complain is that I wanted to see more of the bonding between Izumi's parents, and a bit more depth and description on Izumi's behalf about her final decision. The ending felt a bit forced to me. Other than that, I had a great time. I kept imagining what a beautiful movie adaptation it will make. We, the supporters of the princess, deserve a dazzling adaptation!
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