Crazy Rich Asians meets The Princess Diaries with a healthy mix of First Daughter and American Royals in this lovely new contemporary YA story about a girl whose search for her father leads her straight to the Imperial Palace of Japan. Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean needs to be on your TBR.
Izumi is a pretty normal girl–well as normal as you can be being Japanese American in the states and struggling to fit in as well as accept yourself and your culture. She’s got a good group of girl friends, a single mom who loves her, and a smelly little dog she adores, but she’s always wondered who her father was. When her friend discovers an inscription inside one of her mother’s flower books, they end up finding her father…but he’s not just another Harvard grad her mother had an affair with her senior year….he’s the Crown Prince of Japan.
Before Izumi can even process this, the Imperial Guard is at her house, she’s being offered a chance to go to Japan,and of course she jumps at the chance to learn more about where she comes from, but going from Mount Shasta to the Imperial Palace is a big jump.
Being a Princess is hard work, especially when there’s a demanding lady-in-waiting, scheming twin cousins, a hot bodyguard, and a father she doesn’t know at all. But soon Izumi finds herself falling in love with this new country–even as it demands more and more of her–and that’s not the only thing she’s falling for.
I LOVED this book. I recently read Heiress Apparently and it fell really flat for me, but this one soared like American Royals–well written, lots of humor and heart, a protagonist I was rooting for, and a good plot! It’s only a little predictable (aren’t all books these days?) and I loved the dynamic that her father brought to the story–especially the last 15%! Fingers crossed this book gets the hype it deserve–it’s so fun, such a good travel story mixed with female coming of age and family growth, and I really enjoyed it!
Tokyo Ever After is on sale everywhere May 25, 2021.