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Book Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston


Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 421 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 14th 2019 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Casey McQuiston: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?

Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.

I decided to pick this book up simply because I felt like I wasn’t reading enough LGBT+ books while other bloggers had whole lists of them, like “LGBT+ books with witches” while I can name all in all like three or four? This one is very hyped up which made me a little scared of nothing liking it since my options about popular books are often different from other people. These days I’ve been able to pick up hyped up books that I actually enjoy except Wayward Son but that was sequel and I LOVED the first book.

Before I get to this review I need to reveal that I’m not into politics and while I’m 24- years old I don’t watch/ read news and I’ve only voted once in my life (because dad made me), so some things especially about the election etc. made little sense to me.

“Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that. History, huh? Bet we could make some.”

Alex saw a picture of Prince Henry when he was twelve years old but they didn’t meet until he was eighteen and they became enemies because of the way Henry acted like he was better than Alex. I liked getting to know a little about their past together but things get even more interesting after the cake incident. Suddenly Prince and the First Son need to act like they’re best friend and before they know it they’re texting and actually becoming friends.

Henry is an intelligent and interested in other people even if he sometimes tries to hide it. His actions could sometimes get annoying because communications is the key but I also get why he acted the way he did. I think what I most loved about Henry was his humor.

“You are”, he says, “the absolute worst idea I’ve ever had.”

Alex cares too much about people and even goes as far as calling it a problem. I think I could relate o him more than Henry because he’s clumsy. Alex gets a little crazy, when he gets too isolated and while I love being alone I also get a little crazy sometimes living alone and since I rarely see anyone.

I decided to give this book four stars because while I sometimes felt like swooning for these two lovebirds I also expected more romantic quotes. Red, White & Royal Blue made me laugh, anxious and annoyed at certain characters. I usually say nothing about the writing but I love how the texts, emails and even tweets were written in this book.

All in all very good book even if not five star read for me. I definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for LGBT+ books. There’s times when I think that slowburn romances aren’t for me and then there’s books like this– OK it wasn’t that slow but anyways Alex and Henry really went from enemies to fake friends to real friends to secret lovers.

4 stars

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