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Izumi Tanaka heeft nooit echt het gevoel gehad dat ze ergens bij hoorde – het is niet gemakkelijk om Japans-Amerikaanse te zijn in haar kleine, voor het merendeel witte stadje in Noord- Californië. Ze is opgegroeid bij haar single moeder en weet niks af van haar vader. Totdat ze een groot geheim over zijn identiteit ontdekt… Hij is niemand minder dan de kroonprins van Japa ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Van Goor
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    — Massiel
    Y'all can I marry a cover? This cover is everything I ask for and didn't know. ...more
    Melanie
    Oct 08, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    this is going to be everything

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    Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
    Omg I WANT it

    The Princess Diaries was my everything and I loved traveling to Japan

    yEs 🤤🤤🤤
    Shealea
    Dec 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    As a diehard fan of the The Princess Diaries, I immediately included Tokyo Ever After on my list of most anticipated 2021 book releases.

    It's an honor to be able to read this book early, and it is a shame that I'm writing a less-than-glowing review. Here are my initial thoughts:

    📌 My feelings for this book can be summed up with a single emoji: 😬

    📌 As much as I hate comparing AOC-authored books to their white counterparts, I think Tokyo Ever After would have greatly benefited if it was expanded int
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    Katy Jean Vance
    I think there will be a lot of teenagers, probably American ones, who will really enjoy this novel. It’s the dream of finding out you’re somehow special and then when you don’t measure up, finding out that you’re actually fine just the way you are. Being celebrated for mediocrity in fact! Who doesn’t like that?

    As a person living in Japan, there were some parts that just didn’t ring true. Izumi was in Japan for such a short time, so it’s really impossible that her language learning practice star
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    Cody Roecker
    Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I LOVED THIS BOOK - very much Princess Diaries starring a Japanese American teen. One of the funniest books I've read in years ...more
    Literary Redhead
    That gorgeous cover swept me in. Then I fell headlong into TOYKO EVER AFTER, enthralled by the story aptly described as Princess Diaries meets American Royals meets Crazy Rich Asians. I was entranced by the topsy-turvy life of young Japanese-American teen Izumi Tanaka, who’s never felt American enough in Northern Cali. Then when she learns her unknown Dad is the Crown Prince of Japan, her life is tossed like a torn salad. As Izumi flies to Japan to meet him, she wonders, “Am I ENOUGH? Am I JAPAN ...more
    Maëlys
    Oct 04, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2021-releases, aoc
    yesss, let's bring back this premise please

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    Leah
    Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Well, wasn't this just a bucket of sunshine and lovely warm feelings in the middle of December. From start to finish this Japanese twist on The Princess Diaries and Crazy, Rich Asians had me absolutely captivated!

    Full review at Write, Read, Repeat

    Living in small-town California, Izumi has never believed herself to be anything more than a completely normal Japanese-American girl. Dog who won't accept her love? Check. Single mom? Check. Great gang of girl friends? Check. A weird sense of not quite
    ...more
    Rachel 007
    Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book is perfect.

    Official blurb for publisher:

    "Izumi's story is The Princess Diaries for a new generation. Smart and laugh out loud funny, Izumi, a full realized character who leaps off the page, is sure to win the hearts of readers everywhere. Thrust into a foreign country, language and world, she has to balance her desire to be a normal teenager with a forbidden romance and her longing for family and roots. Readers will be able to relate to Izumi's sharp wit, her desire to fit in in both A
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    Jasmine
    Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This book made me grin like an idiot so much! Izumi is living my childhood dream of discovering you’re a princess! Cute bodyguard and all! I can’t wait to read what happens in book 2!
    Ashleu
    Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020, 2020own
    Yes. Yes. Yes.

    Official blurb for publisher: “I. Loved. This. Book. It’s a love letter to Japan but it’s more than that. It’s a love letter to best friends, forever supportive best friends, and group chats. It’s a love letter to moms and being fiercely feminist. It’s a love letter to hometowns and pop culture and late nights. It’s a love letter to finding yourself when you never feel like you really fit in. It’s a love letter to being a teen...who happens to find out she’s a princess. Sigh. I jus
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    Nikole Clow
    Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Full review coming soon, but this book was so good and I loved everything about it. Definitely an instant favorite of mine!
    Lisa Huang
    Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Tokyo Ever After is a wonderful look into the experiences of a young Japanese American teen growing up in predominantly White America. Izumi gets thrust into the world of Japan royalty in "Princess Diaries" fashion. She must learn to discover where she comes from and what kind of woman she wants to be while navigating courtly intrigue, paparazzi scandals, and a forbidden romance. Tokyo Ever After is a soulful novel exploring what it means to be Asian American, the capabilities of a woman, and th ...more
    Catherine
    Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Catherine
    Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The ARC of this novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Izumi Tanaka has always struggled to feel as though she belongs, being Japanese-American in her mostly white, northern California town. It’s always been her and her mom against the world, until she finds out that her biological father is the Crown Prince of Japan, making Izumi a princess. Izumi decides to travel to Japan to meet her father, where she hopes to find the sense of belonging she craves.
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    Mariko Perez
    Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I read this book in a few days over a quarantine lockdown. And I will say it was nice to have a easy to read and to get caught up in book. As an Asian American I loved that the main character is Japanese, often we don’t see Asians as the focus of ya books and this is was very empowering. Not to mention that her “girl” squad is also minorities that came from diverse backgrounds and stand by each other. The heart warming story of love lost and gained and a girl coming to age set in a town in Calif ...more
    Sarah
    Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: owned-read, arc
    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book.
    This was really cute! I always love a royalty story and I flew through this one.
    Izumi is a Japanese American high school senior who finds out unexpectedly that her unknown father is the Crown Prince of Japan. Most of the book takes place in Japan, where Izumi tries to fit in with the Imperial family, while making lots of (expected) mistakes that the tabloids run with. Izumi had an “Asian Girl Gang” of friends from home t
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    Caity
    Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is such a fun story in so many ways, but also very thought provoking and all around wonderfully done. Izumi is a great character and I love her sense of humor. She’s also a very relatable character and I could see myself making many of the same choices and mistakes she did. I also loved reading about the history of Japan and the characters she learned from, it really highlights Japanese culture by showing its people. This was a really impressive book while still also maintaining a light rom ...more
    Sage
    Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Delightful (and I loved the cover!) — this made me laugh out loud and want to text a friend to gush about it! Can’t wait for this beautiful book baby to be out in the world. Thoroughly enjoyed this great book, leaned into the Princess Diaries vibes, which I loved!
    Kat // Novels & Waffles
    *I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

    I've been a fan of this book since I saw that gorgeous cover. But now that I've actually read it, I'm a whole dang air conditioner.
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    Angelika
    I- I NEVER KNEW I NEEDED A CRAZY RICH ASIANS X PRINCESS DIARIES BOOK CROSSOVER
    Isabella (The Feminist Bookworm)
    Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians, and it was an absolute delight.
    pearl (lei)
    A big thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    Tokyo Ever After is a book that is equal parts heartwarming and irritating. While reading, my rating for this book jumped from a solid 4 stars to 2 stars back up to 3.5 stars and back down again to 3 stars. I hated 90% of the humor in this book - it felt forced and, honestly, extremely cringy and more like an adult's idea of teen humor than actual teen humor - and I was often frustrated by the pacing and t
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    Ann Zhao
    Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    i have probably seen the princess diaries movies more times than i've seen most movies.

    so obviously, i jumped for the opportunity to read tokyo ever after.

    overall, i had a pretty good time. izumi is wonderfully awkward, her friends are fantastic, and her interactions with all her family members are so wholesome. i yet again found myself rooting for a heterosexual couple. her journey into becoming more sure of herself, finding a place in a world that very much is not built for her, is one that's
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    Sarah
    Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This story is The Princess Diaries with the right amount of Crazy, Rich Asians! If you love both series, this is the book for you.

    First off, I want to say, there is a lack of asian representation and variety in books, so I was excited to read this story. I loved how this was about a Japanese princess finding her identity. Initially, my interest in the book was more towards Japan and it’s culture, rather than the romance aspect.

    Izumi never felt like she fit in, being Japanese in her small, most
    ...more
    Emma Ito
    Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean was exactly what I needed when I read it! A lighthearted, fun break from some recent heavier reads, Tokyo Ever After was the perfect modern Princess Diaries. As a Japanese American myself, I absolutely loved reading about Japanese American Izumi Tanaka, a teen who learns that she is the daughter of the Crown Prince of Japan. This book to me encapsulated so perfectly what it feels to be Japanese American -- sometimes feeling not quite American enough, but definitely ...more
    Holley Dix
    Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Izumi is a breath of fresh air! I love strong female leads and stories of finding oneself. Young Izumi faces a reality that many young ladies unfortunately face---growing up without their father. The unique circumstances regarding her fathers entrance into her life however are anything but common. A legit laugh-out-loud novel that hits the heart in all of the best ways. Not to mention a killer cover! Emiko Jean has rewritten the rules on the classic "princess diaries" scenario!
    ** I received thi
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    Mrs.Heather Lassley
    4.5/5.0
    I went into this book not completely sure what I would find. What I found is that this cross between Princess Diaries and Crazy Rich Asians was delightfully fun, down to earth, and just plain lovely. The main character is the perfect blend of knowing who she is, but still wanting to discover more. The secondary characters where fabulously written. The only reason I am not giving this a full 5 star review is that I wanted a little more epilogue, or maybe even a book 2.
    April
    Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Received the ARC from Flatiron books as a YALL write giveaway. Tokyo Ever After is an adorable coming of age story of Izumi who comes to find out her father is Japanese royalty. Growing up in a Northern California town, she is then whisked away to the opulence and grandeur of Tokyo where she tries to find out where she came from. A little romance and the importance of family comes to the spotlight in this amazing story.
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