Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
By: Casey McQuiston
Published: May 14th, 2019
By: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: NA | Contemporary | Romance | LGBT+
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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.
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“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.”
This was a super entertaining contemporary reading with a great humor & lovely romance. I confess that I was quite afraid of not enjoying it because of all the hype, but it was a pleasing reading and even when I didn’t love it as much as the rest of the world it is still a solid story that I enjoyed and I read very easily.
The book is told in third-person and follows the story of Alex Claremont-Diaz, son of the US president, which is the American equivalent to royalty. Alex is the golden boy of the white house, handsome and charismatic. On the other hand, we have Henry the Prince of Wales, which Alex has an eternal rivalry with, but after an altercation that involves both of them, political problems begin to arise between U.S & Britain Crown. To improve the relationship, the plan is to the boys to start a public friendship, but what begins as a fake friendship, grows to become much more than that and they end up having a secret romance that pushes them to start questioning many things about their personal life, their roles in the world and their family.
I really liked the writing style, and it was in fact, the first thing I could highlight from the book, therefore, I already know that I would love to read more from the author in the future. She has this ability to create a super addictive story that in addition to being a romance also involves very strong political issues, but the transitions between both main points are very good and balanced until they begin to mix and the lines begin to not be so clear, which makes everything flow quite well. Now that I’ve finished it, I can highlight this aspect much more, although, in the beginning, I think that the political aspects were quite dense, that changes towards the end since the story becomes much more personal.
The plot as such is quite entertaining and has many nuances of humor, especially from the hand of Alex, his sister and his best friend. I enjoyed their scenes together talking about random topics, I laughed a lot which is difficult to happen with the books I read.
I enjoyed much more of the first and last part of the book because I think they’re the most solid ones. Although its half was quite good, there were moments where I couldn’t focus so much and found myself distracted, especially in the political scenes or some scenes of the relationship that made me cringe, but this is absolutely normal for me since I don’t usually read romance, even so, I enjoyed most of the book and I think that to be me, the result was quite positive.
My favorite thing, without a doubt, was family dynamics and getting to know each family a little more internally and their relationships. I always find it very interesting to explore this kind of thing, and especially when both families are so influential and have a huge impact on society. The dialogues are ok, but sometimes I think they were too much for me personally.
The characters are very well created, and I like how they keep their personalities marked until the ending, but still, we can appreciate their growth. Alex is a character that was quite difficult for me to follow, perhaps because of his personality or his way of expressing himself, I didn’t really love him and he has moments where he’s insufferable, but on the other hand, LOVED how he confronts his sexuality and family dynamics regarding this were so positive, it shows a family that’s on his side no matter what, even when there are political problems in the middle, I believe that the support he receives after questioning his sexuality and identifies as bisexual, is quite positive. Henry, on the other hand, is my LOVE!!!! OMG, I need a Henry in my life, it has been a while since I wanted to hug a character forever, he’s so sweet, kind and introverted, I really love him and he’s also a Piscian/Hufflepuff like me … we have so much in common lol. I enjoyed a lot of his growth, his personal story and how in spite of the adversities and of growing up in such a strict home, he knows exactly who he is and what he wants to do with his life.
I really liked the other characters and especially Jude, because I understand what it means to be an older sister always worried about your brother, and I like how even when she doesn’t agree, she’s always there for him and how she’s so clear about what she wants to do with her life, I think she’s a very wise person. Nora is hilarious, I laughed a lot with her dialogues and then we have Pez and Brea, who I think have both been a good addition to the story.
Being a romance book I knew that it wouldn’t be the same for me as it’s for most of you, since, although I enjoy the romantic aspects of the books I read, I’m not used to that being a central point and there are SO MANY scenes about it, so if I say that this is my absolute favorite thing, I would lie. I enjoyed many things, but I think some scenes are too cringy for me, especially the dialogues and the uncomfortable moments *cringe face*
I really liked the places where the story takes place (London *heart eyes face*) and I really emphasize how atmospheric this book can be without trying to be, you know? Being a book based on royal families, we see many castles and huge houses and very beautiful open places. And I know that maybe it’s not a main aspect, but it gives a nice atmosphere to the scenes. I love the scene when the boys go to visit Alex’s dad and he has “the talk” with Henry and although things don’t go very well for them, that scene is one of my favorites, because of the huge sentimental weight but also because the place where they are is so beautiful.
In summary and to finalize this review, it’s a book that I enjoy much more than I expected, and taking into account that romance as a main genre is something that I don’t read so much anymore, I think it was a successful reading and I would recommend it if you like intense romances & sexy scenes, but it also touches on themes such as sexuality discovery, the meaning of love, how much are capable of sacrificing and many very interesting family issues, in addition to a royal/political plot. I hope that if you read it, it will be an incredible experience for you! It was a pleasant surprise for me and I’m glad I read it, it was easy to read and super entertaining, I had a great time.