Alex’s Review of “Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston

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“As soon as I saw the summary for this book I knew I was going to want to read it. I’m a big fan of princes and cheesy rom-coms. This story had both so I bought it right away.” – Alex

Book Cover of Red, White and Royal Blue

Book Information:

Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Page Count: 432
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

“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?”

Overall Rating and Review Blurb

5 Tree Star Rating
I gave this book 4.75 Tree Stars.
A quirky royalty story turned on its head with a political twist.

Readability: 4
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Wow Factor: 5

Book Review for “Red, White & Royal Blue”

First Impressions (First Chapter Thoughts)

I could tell from the beginning that I was going to love this book. From the first chapter I was already eager to learn more about Prince Henry and watch the two of them fall in love. Alex’s hate for Henry was laughable and I knew it was going to be great. The cake scene at the end of the chapter was fantastic.

Thoughts While Reading

Watching the hatred that Alex had for Henry turn into friendship first before anything else, was a great setup for what was to come. The fact that Alex was so oblivious that he was slowly falling for Henry was adorably endearing and when he found out, it wasn’t this big catastrophic thing. He was more irritated about being ghosted than realizing that he had feelings for Henry and I loved it.

“Straight people, he thinks, probably don’t spend this much time convincing themselves that they’re straight.”

“Red, White & Royal Blue”, Casey McQuiston

I really appreciated how Casey McQuiston dealt with loss. While it can get easier as time goes on it is still always there. The way Henry was written made him seem perfect in the beginning, getting to know and see all sides of him was a joy and really well written. We get to see the darker, more hidden sides of him, too.

“That’s the choice. I love him, with all that, because of all that. On purpose. I love him on purpose.”

“Red, White & Royal Blue”, Casey McQuiston

While there was a lot of political talk throughout the book, in its core it was always just about the two of them falling in love with each other. Being public figures in the world was going to make their relationship a little harder but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth it. I really enjoyed watching them overcome everything that was thrown at them and still coming out stronger for it.

Final Thoughts

While I knew the story was about the First Son falling in love with the Prince of Wales, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much politics were in it. I went in figuring it was going to just be about the romance but get to learn so much more with politics as well. This was a happy ever after I could get behind. They went through so much in this book and I was so happy to be able to go on this journey with Alex and Henry.

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