• Tokyo Ever After

  • A Novel
  • By: Emiko Jean
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (516 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Narrator Ali Ahn gives this young adult rom-com fun doses of personality and sass...Ahn's accents and Japanese pronunciations ring true as she clearly differentiates characters of different ages and nationalities." (AudioFile Magazine)

A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA pick!

The Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians in Emiko Jean’s Tokyo Ever After, a “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 to Tokyo Ever After in 2022!

©2021 Emiko Jean (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

2021, School Library Best Books of the Year

Junior Library Guild selection

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

“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) 

“A fresh, funny, emotive, inspiring and empowering #OwnVoices triumph.” (Shelf Awareness) 

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Entertaining enough

The style was more teen than I expected, and struggled with it especially in the beginning, but I recognize I'm overaged for this story so I'll take that into account. The Japanese pronunciation of the narrator was often painful, I wish the reader was more fluent. Also I'm a little sceptical if Japanese culture was realistically portrayed at several points, starting from whether a non-Japanese-speaking out-of-wedlock-born princess would actually be this well received. I fear the reality would be grimmer. Still entertaining enough as a light summer listen so I listened to the end.

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Delightful

This is a perfect summer binge. It’s a light story with humor and heart, expertly narrated by Ali Ahn. (Narrators have a hard job, people.) I definitely recommend.

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A great coming of age YA novel

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator was amazing. It was light and also meaningful. It was also a lot of fun to listen to. I really enjoyed the main character and the relationships she had with the various characters in the book. The ending was also super sweet. I look forward to the next book!

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A fun read. Could use more character development.

you only get the surface area from the personalities of the characters. decent story line. fun read though.

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A light, breezy, summer read!

This book is the perfect recipe of whit, fun, love & character growth. It’s wrapped up in a lovely bow emphasizing the importance of being one’s self with a strong thread of equality and feminism. Highly recommend this after a year of international hardship and challenging times across the board. Happy reading! (Great narration*).

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VERY YA lit…..

This story is targeted at an extremely young audience. It never developed any depth of character at all. A young Japanese American girl finds out that she is actually a princess and the father she never knew is the crown prince of Japan. She goes to Japan at his request, then the whole story focuses on a romance with her body guard. It barely even touches on the relationship with her father and the reality that she is royalty. (With the exception of snarky Royal cousins and tabloid fodder). It felt very young and empty to me. It was a disappointing read.

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Awesome!

I loved everything about this.
It is a super awesome feel good reading. Well, I listened in audible & could not atop. I enjoyed every minute of it!

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Excellent read.

Enjoyed more than I expected. Very entertaining. Definitely a page turner. Now on to sequel.

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A Sweet Cinderella tale

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Enjoyed it start to finish, highly recommended!!

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Loved the voice actress!

I loved how the story was written but the voice actress bought so much personality to it. I found myself constantly laughing out loud.