The "refreshing, spot-on" (Booklist) 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...Read More
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?
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.
"If The Princess Diaries met Crazy Rich Asians, you would get close to the wonderfully chaotic splendor of Tokyo Ever After." - Entertainment Weekly
"A perfect fable--the kind about finding your own happy ending." - Apple Books
"A refreshing and spot-on depiction of Japanese Americans exploring their heritage, with appeal far beyond female Asian readers." - Booklist
"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
"A fresh, funny, emotive, inspiring and empowering triumph." - Shelf Awareness
"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
"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 American Royals
"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