7 days of nominations! 7 days of voting! And boy was this one a close call.
And now we have a winner for the May Book of the Month.
The Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for May 2022 is Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
Take a minute to see what this book is all about.
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?
About the Author
When Emiko is not writing, she is reading. Most of her friends are imaginary. Before she became a writer she was an entomologist (fancy name for bug catcher), a candle maker, a florist, and most recently a teacher. She lives in Washington with her husband and children (unruly twins). She loves the rain.
I strongly believe in “fake it till you make it” and asking forgiveness rather than permission. My friends and I once (poorly) fixed up an old van. We drove it across the country. The bumper fell of and we lost the brakes in the Redwoods. Best time I ever had. I wrote super angsty poetry as a teen and later, Twilight FanFiction—some of which still lives on the internet. If you find it, I will deny that I ever wrote it. I’ve published two books but have written more than a half dozen which have been rejected hundreds of times (by agents and editors).
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