Book Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Synopsis:

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?

Review:

I absolutely adored Red, White & Royal Blue. If I’m being completely honest I was scared it wasn’t going to live up to the hype but my god it did. Just this morning I finished reading it and I had to review it straight away. 

The chemistry between Alex and Henry was insane and I found myself smiling like an absolute idiot whenever they were making digs at each other. I see a lot of myself in Alex and I found him quite relatable at times. Well other than being the son of the American president. But his loudness and humor is very much similar to mine. Although it was slightly weird reading a book about an Alex as it’s my boyfriend’s name. 

I really couldn’t care for the political side of this book, which I have seen people complain about. But that’s not the reason why I read this. I wanted sappy romance and that is exactly what I got. I’m a fan of dislike/hate to lovers and that trope was served very well here. 

The characters were all incredible and I loved the dynamics between the different groups. The White House trio was an excellent and fun group that merged with the Brits to become the super six. I do wish we could have seen more from all six of them though. That karaoke scene didn’t last quite long enough for my liking. 

Honestly part of why I loved Red, White & Royal Blue so much was because of how easy and quick it was to read. It took me a few days, but time seemed to fly by whenever I was reading. I just couldn’t get enough.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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