A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Some insight into Japanese culture, food, and language. Some words and phrases are translated, some have context clues.
No matter how many parts of you there are, or how well they fit together or don't, you are a whole person. No one gets to tell you you're not enough of one thing or too much of another. If you feel like you don't belong, build your own space uniquely for you. You never know what you have until it's gone.
Positive Role Models
Izumi is a positive role model for compassion, humility, and integrity. She's thoughtful and kind to everyone, stays true to herself, and doesn't let her sudden royal status go to her head or change who she is. She's also very adventurous and takes joy in simple things. Izumi and her mother model a positive, loving relationship. Her father shows his love, care, and concern in a very different way than Izumi is used to, but he shows all of those in his own way. Love interest Akio is hardworking, loyal, caring, and considerate. Lots of positive representations of Japanese and Japanese Americans. Izumi's group of close friends have Iranian, Sri Lankan, and Filipina heritage.
Violence & Scariness
Brief, mild scariness when a sound like a gunshot is heard, a bodyguard pulls a gun on someone, and an incident in a dark alley with a drunk person getting too close. All have safe resolutions and no one is hurt. A few mentions of ways that bodyguards are trained to subdue and kill people.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few kisses and caresses, flirting, and romantic dynamics.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
"S--t," "motherf--ker," "f--k," "holy s--t," "ass," "butt," "boobs," "bitch," and "eye-boning." One character gives the middle-finger gesture.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
Luxury brands and snack foods establish character and location.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Older teens drink to excess during a night on the town. Consequences are limited to throwing up and hangover symptoms briefly described. Izumi has peach schnapps under her bed. Older teens and adults drink champagne and sake with meals and at parties. An adult drinks amber liquid. Mention of a very minor character smoking.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tokyo Every After is a romantic coming-of-age story about a Japanese American girl who goes to Tokyo to discover her Japanese heritage and the father she never knew. There's lots of strong language like "holy s--t" and "motherf--ker." Older teens under the legal age in Japan drink to excess during a night on the town; throwing up and hangover symptoms are the only consequences. Lots of flirting and romantic dynamics but only a few kisses and caressing without detailed descriptions. No violence except some brief, mild scariness from guns and in a dark alley with someone getting too close. Themes explored include not fitting in or belonging, feeling divided by two different cultures, and everyday discrimination and racism experienced by Asian Americans.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fun, lively story with enough heart and humor to overcome the well-used fairy-tale, rags-to-riches storyline. Narrator Izumi's voice is genuine and funny, making her easy for teens to relate to. Romantic comedy fans will enjoy the unique settings and colorful, well-developed characters as they move through familiar story patterns and character arcs in ways that feel fresh, thanks to author Emiko Jean's strong writing.
Although it's overall light in tone and a pretty fast read, Izumi's experience as a Japanese American, and as an American in Japan, provide food for thought without disturbing the mood. Teens from any background will relate to her feeling that she doesn't fit in, and they'll root for her to find a way to be herself, wherever she happens to be. Readers of all types will also enjoy the sigh-worthy, sweetly funny romance, and the enticing descriptions of life in the Imperial Palace. Lots of strong language make it best for teens and up.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Teen Romance Novels
Books with Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Characters
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate