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Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

About the Book- Tokyo Ever After

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 Izzy 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, Izzy 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.

Izzy 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 fairytale, happily ever after?

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I used to think the world belonged to me. But I was wrong. I belong to the world. And sometimes … I guess sometimes, our choices have to reflect that.

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Our Review of Tokyo Ever After

I am not sure how many of the series fans are going to come after me for saying that I didn’t see the hype for this book. Who doesn’t like Princess diaries ..right? Exactly so if the book claims to be like Princess diaries, I was naturally bound to be curious about it. Although being in the book world one can’t avoid this book as it is everywhere. So even if I picked it late, I still couldn’t join its fan club.

Of course, I had issues with the FC but that’s not the point. If you ask me whether I hated the book then the answer is No. I did like the book. But I did I LOVED the book? then I have to say NO. There were a lot of places in the book which I felt was too childish. Don’t get me started on the romance because it was a romance of convenience. We all knew from the very first page how it was all going to end up but even with that knowledge, I felt it was too quick. The romance arc started nice and you could see why there would be friction between the two characters but how they fall for each other was kind of not convincing. Anyways that’s all going too critical and analytical which is not the point here.

The book is good but to me, certain areas were a bit too kiddish and movie-ish like it was just recreating scenes from Princess diaries and the movie, “What a Girl wants”. So I felt everything was a bit cliche and that was my only trouble with the book. Although, I loved the racial part that was discussed in the book. The struggles our FC in America being of Asian origin and then facing it again in Japan being Half American. I think that aspect was the best-explored part of the book


The book is a light, fun and breezy read. The issue I had with the book is that it was filled with cliche plots and scenes but if you want to wind down after a tough day/time with a simple and fun book then yes this is perfect for that

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