Tokyo Dreaming: Tokyo Ever After, Book 2
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tokyo Dreaming is a romance that picks up pretty much right where Tokyo Ever After left off, with 18-year-old Izumi continuing to adjust to her life as the long-lost daughter of Japan's Crown Prince. There are a few kisses, mild romantic dynamics like holding hands and hugging, and one instance of implied sex. Strong language includes "f--k" and "bulls--t." Underage teens go to a nightclub once and drink to excess; a hangover is the only consequence. Otherwise there are a few mentions that there's champagne at celebrations.
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What's the Story?
TOKYO DREAMING finds Izumi continuing to adjust to her new life as the daughter of Japan's crown prince. Palace life comes with unimaginable luxury, but it also comes with glaring scrutiny from both the public and from palace officials. Enough scrutiny to scare Akio, the love of her life, away. And more than enough scrutiny to keep palace officials from approving the marriage of Izumi's parents. Life together as a family is all Izumi's ever wanted. But what if the biggest obstacle to making her dreams come true is Izumi herself?
Is It Any Good?
Author Emiko Jean keeps the light, genuine tone going in this romantic sequel. Tokyo Dreaming picks right up where Tokyo Ever After left off, and romance fans will enjoy narrator Izumi's heartache and happiness as she continues to navigate life in the Japanese Imperial family.
Izumi's love life, and the romance between her parents, are at the forefront of this story, and both story lines are sigh-worthy. Teens will relate to Izumi's struggles to figure out where her interests -- and her heart -- lie. And they'll root for her as she struggles to live up to expectations while staying true to herself.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the theme of adjusting to palace life in Tokyo Dreaming. Why is this a popular theme in romantic novels and movies? What's compelling about it?
Did you read Tokyo Ever After? If you did, which book do you like better? If you didn't, would you like to now?
How does Izumi show empathy and integrity? Does she have any other character strengths or weaknesses?
- Author: Emiko Jean
- Genre: Romance
- Topics: Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models
- Character Strengths: Empathy, Integrity
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Flatiron Books
- Publication date: May 31, 2022
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
- Number of pages: 336
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 17, 2022
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