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Tokyo Ever After: A Novel by [Emiko Jean]

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A New York Times bestseller
Reese Witherspoon YA Book Club Pick

A Must-Read Book of the Year (SLJ, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Good Morning America,, Boston Public Library,, San Francisco Chronicle, Bustle, Publishers Weekly,, Parade and more)!
#1 Indie Next Pick
Junior Library Guild selection

The Princess Diaries met Crazy Rich Asians, you would get close to the wonderfully chaotic splendor of Tokyo Ever After.” ―Entertainment Weekly (Best Book of Summer)

“Izumi’s determined spirit and character arc will endear readers to her. A fun experience that readers will want to read again and again.” ―
School Library Journal, starred review (Best Book of the Year)

“A refreshing and spot-on depiction of Japanese Americans exploring their heritage, with appeal far beyond female Asian readers.” ―
Booklist, starred review

“A fresh, funny, emotive, inspiring, and empowering #ownvoices triumph.” ―
Shelf Awareness

“This YA novel with broad appeal follows a Japanese American girl on the ride of her life as she discovers her father is the Crown Prince of Japan. Amidst the backdrop of cherry blossoms, castles, and royal life, she has real-world struggles trying to fit in to two cultures.” ―

“Move over, Mia Thermopolis! Princess Izumi will completely capture your heart while making you laugh nonstop. With an unforgettable voice and a heart-fluttering romance,
Tokyo Ever After is an instant favorite.” ―Gloria Chao, author of American Panda

“Despite the swoon-worthy love interest and glittering palaces,
Tokyo Ever After is not your typical princess story. Izumi is a spunky, irreverent, lovable narrator who struggles to reconcile her American upbringing with her Japanese heritage. A fresh and distinctly modern fairy tale.” ―Katharine McGee, author of the American Royals series

“Emiko’s flair for sumptuous detail―Food! Castles! Swoony confessions! Court drama! Cherry blossoms by the million!―locked me helplessly into a world of splendor I never wanted to leave.” ―
David Yoon, author of Frankly in Love

“A gorgeously detailed rom-com that made me want to move to Japan and never come back.” ―
Nicola Yoon, author of The Sun Is Also a Star

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Izumi, a Japanese American high school student, has a pretty average life: a band of awesome misfit friends, a delicious diner where she's a regular, and a loving mother-everything a high school senior needs. Or is it? Her father's identity has always been a mystery her mother has refused to discuss beyond that he was simply a one-night stand in college. One day Izumi accidentally learns his name, her first real clue to his whereabouts. Her friend researches the name and everything starts spiraling...until Izumi is in Japan with the knowledge that her father is the Crown Prince. Not only that, here she is, in Japan with the entire country's eyes staring straight at her. The whiplash from such a fast time line hits Izumi hard. Is this her chance to find where she really feels at home or will finding out her mother's secret ruin everything? Told from Izumi's point of view, the story explores the deep feelings of loneliness BIPOC children sometimes feel when they are the minority within their American town and have little connection to their ancestors' birth country. Izumi's determined spirit and character arc will endear readers to her. Vibrant descriptions of Japan and Izumi's reactions feel cheesy but truly realistic, capturing all of the fear, excitement, and admiration one could have when visiting a country with a different culture than their own. Izumi is a fully realized protagonist whom teens will find relatable. VERDICT A fun experience that readers will want to read again and again.-DeHanza Kwong, Butte P.L., MTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08GJSXQGM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Flatiron Books (May 18, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 18, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4988 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 345 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 2,063 ratings

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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. You may find her at or on Instagram at emikojeanbooks.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Don’t bother …
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5.0 out of 5 stars All fun and feminist!
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on June 29, 2021
So, after I struggled and finished "Destination Wedding", another book on "self-discovery" where an American woman of colour travels to her home country, wondering if she'll ever fit in, falls in love in the process, and decides to stay back (apparently for no reason, because the plot was extremely weak), I began to read "Tokyo Ever After" which surprisingly has a similar story, only a hundred thousand times more interesting and enjoyable, with a very intelligent and relatable protagonist.

"Tokyo Ever After" is one of those stories that you simply cannot get enough of. You simply do not want it to end. Set in 2021, Izumi's story inspires conversation on different cultures, elitism, racism, freedom of expression, sexism, casual sexual harassment, identity crisis, and underrepresention of minorities in art, to name but a few social issues that command our attention. And the writing is soo good! The humour is SPOT ON and I was laughing my a** off the entire time! She captured the Gen Z mood pretty well!

And Japan. Oh Japan! I've always wanted to visit and now I want it even more. I don't think anyone could have represented the country with more honesty and respect than how Ms. Emiko Jean did. The characters are so individualistic and have their own quirks. And that twist in the end? I SAW IT COMING! I'm getting better - so better - at predicting these twisted endings!

All in all, it was a DELICIOUS read. I wish they make it into a movie, it would fare so well!
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