Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Published on: May 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“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.”
At first, I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I love cute, fluffy books with funny banter and adorable romance but they usually don’t become favorites. I’m more of a fantasy person, I guess. I like the complex conflicts and high-stakes. Despite not having these (the conflict was resolved a bit too easily & quickly for me), I still fell in love with this book.
Sometimes it’s nice to read just for the fun of it, because the book makes you giddy and excited and happy. That’s what this book was for me. It was fluffy and funny and adorable, it made me excited to read again and lifted my mood when I was otherwise having some pretty rough days. It gave me hope for the future, and convinced me that even if the times are tough, it can always get better.
The characters were all amazing: Alex & Henry had an amazing connection and their conversations made the book for me. They were each so unique, and had their own issues, but they were also so much better together. Also, the anxiety portrayal felt so real and well done. However, the secondary characters were equally as compelling: June & Nora & Bea were amazing, funny and badass in their own ways. Elle & Oscar had their flaws, but they were also so human and such good parents. Despite it all, they really tried to be better for their kids and I appreciate that. Rafael was also amazing, I loved his relationship with the first family and I definitely suspected what was going on from the start.
Overall, this was a book that made me happy and hopeful. I loved the characters, the plot and the pace. It was light-hearted and funny, and it reignited my love for reading for fun. It was the perfect book to lift my mood during hard times, and it’s become one of my favorite romances of all time. Definitely a very strong contender for my favorite book of the year.
Until next time,