Tokyo Ever After: A Novel (Hardcover)
May/June 2021 Kids Indie Next List
“It's easy to compare this book to The Princess Diaries, but frankly it's more than that. It's made of beautiful, vivid writing, with a fiercely charming lead, and a city (Tokyo) coming to life itself on the page. It will speak in particular to those who feel out of place or torn between two worlds, while offering hope and fun and wonder. Yes, there's romance, but there's so much more, and Izumi may well be any reader's new favorite princess.”
— Lindsay Howard, Lark and Owl Booksellers, Georgetown, TX
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!
About the Author
When Emiko Jean isn’t writing, she is reading. Before she became a writer, she was an entomologist, a candlemaker, a florist, and most recently, a teacher. She lives in Washington with her husband and children (unruly twins). She is also the author of Empress of all Seasons and We'll Never Be Apart.
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, Goodreads.com, Boston Public Library, EpicReads.com, San Francisco Chronicle, Bustle, Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed.com, Parade and more)!
#1 Indie Next Pick
Junior Library Guild selection
“If 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.” —Newsweek
“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