I am 100% in love with this book. Maybe even 110% in love with this book. I just don’t see how you can’t love this book. It feels like I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump these last few weeks so I’m thrilled to be able to write a positive review again.
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 loved this book, have I mentioned that yet? I think one of the reasons I love it so much is because it promotes love in such a fun and natural way. Also, it’s really funny and super cute, so that helps!
There’s so much diversity and representation in this book and yet everything feels completely normal, not like a plot device or a way to attract more readers. Every single character was unique, loveable, and relatable in different ways. I fell for the chemistry between Alex and Henry and this friend group is definitely #goals. I especially loved the sibling relationship between June and Alex. Thinking about these characters is making me smile as I write this, I just can’t help it.
The plot was complex but easy to follow and kept developing at a consistent pace. It made it easy to keep turning the pages and very difficult to put the book down. Not only was the plot interesting, but it was also so incredibly relevant. And oh, how I wish it was more true of how things actually went this last election. But that’s beside the point, I’m not here to get overly political. I really admire that the author put so much time and energy into such a pertinent book. We have explorations of international relations, politics in America, diversity in America, lgbtq rights and perception by society, individual identity and growth, and so much more. It all made for a very well-rounded book that pulled on all my heartstrings.
I could go on and on about each little thing that I loved about this book but at that point I’d basically be writing my own book, so I think it’s safest to stop here. Please, if you want to talk about this in more detail, send me a message on Goodreads. And if you haven’t read this yet, hurry up and get your hands on a copy (and then message me so I can gush about this with someone)!
Have you read Red, White & Royal Blue? What did you think of it?