Review: Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

Review: Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuistonRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Published: May 14, 2019
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A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends...

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

When a book has a lot of hype I tend to stay away from it until the hype has died down. It is a method that has worked for me in the past and I usually stick with it. But after the 5th person told me I needed to read Red, White and Royal Blue immediately, I went against my norm and went with the crowd. And as much I hate saying it, the hype was real for this one and it was 100% warranted. This book was beyond amazing and fantastic and all those perfect adjectives you can think of. It was perfection in a book.

Red, White and Royal Blue is the story of Alex, the first son of the United States, and Henry, the Prince of Wales. Alex has hated everything about Henry for a long time and when that hate comes to blows at a Royal Wedding damage control needs to take place. The plan is perfect. Henry and Alex will save face by doing one simple thing, pretend to be best friends. But for these two nothing is ever simple, especially when feelings get added to the mix.

First and foremost, Red, White and Royal Blue is so much more than a love story and I think that is why I loved it. It is a story of finding out who you are and a story of acceptance, of yourself and by others. It’s a story of putting aside what is expected of you and just being you. Alex and Henry do not have easy lives and this unexpected romance complicates them even more. But through it all, they managed. And they managed to make me laugh and cry and swoon right along with them.

It is so hard to review a book you loved as much as I loved Red, White and Royal Blue. Finding words feel impossible. I want to tell you everything that I loved but I want to leave the mystery for you too. I want you to be able to feel what I felt when I read it the first time. The one thing I can leave you with though… I want to live in the world that Casey McQuiston has created.

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