Maximum Shelf: TOKYO EVER AFTER

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Emiko Jean’s modern fairy tale, 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 (and her trusty terrier sidekick, Tamagotchi) 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?

“Jean’s effervescent third novel, TOKYO EVER AFTER, is a fresh, funny, emotive, inspiring and empowering #OwnVoices triumph . . . With hints of a Harry-and-Meghan sensibility, TOKYO EVER AFTER is as much fun as AMERICAN ROYALS—and Izumi’s convincing brand of rebellion might be exactly what this ancient hierarchy needs for the modern age.”
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