Tokyo Ever After Series: Tokyo Ever After #1
Published by Flatiron Books on May 18, 2021
Source: Owned Hardback
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Family / Parents, Young Adult Fiction / People & Places / Asia, Young Adult Fiction / People & Places / United States / Asian American, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction / Royalty
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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, Tokyo Dreaming, in 2022!
An adorable read about a young Japanese American teenager who lives with her single mom but wonders just who she farther is. In the tones of Princess Diaries, she finds out her dad is the crown prince of Japan. At times, what unfolds is a journey of discovery, love, and heartache. Navigating a world you have no idea about in a foreign country is a scary idea, and we can take this journey and feel all the scariness right along with our characters. It’s a fun, light rom-com type of story that I needed.