Title // Red, White, & Royal Blue
Author // Casey McQuiston
Publisher // St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date // May 14, 2019
Synopsis // A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.
The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)
If this book were a food, it would be a fluffy, spongy fourth of july cupcake with red, white, and blue frosting swirled together and topped with star sprinkles. I don’t know why I’m leading with that, but I am absolutely certain of this fact.
There was so much hype about this book that I absolutely couldn’t wait to read it! And for the most part, I really really enjoyed it in all it’s fluffy, happy, feel good amazingness and I’m so glad that I listened to everyone in the universe and decided to read it! By now I’m sure that everyone in the universe has read it, but let me just scream my appreciation so if you’re one of the few that hasn’t, you get on it now.
First of all, let’s just talk about that amazing premise… where instead of an orange, the first female president won the 2016 election… ❤ Alex is the first son of the United States and is living a normal-ish life as a college student… who happens to get involved with the Prince of England… while his mom is up for reelection in the 2020 presidental election and dealing with all the drama, sabotage, and tension that comes with that.
Alex really had my heart from the first page. I was super excited to see that he’s biracial (Mexican and white) and of course, I loved whenever this was discussed, such as how his mother is (and looks) white, but he’ll always be seen as Mexican and not white and doesn’t have the same privilege. Alex’s interactions with his sister and her best friend, the white house trio, were so wholesome gosh they’re so much fun together! Also although many first children want away from politics, he wants to go into politics like his mother because he wants to do good in the world what a sweet bean. Alex also initially thinks he’s straight before coming to terms with his bisexuality which I really enjoyed reading about.
I loved Henry as well! At first he seemed ridiculous and pretentious, but as Alex and readers got to know him and got to realize that a lot of that was a facade pushed forward by the crown and the Queen and underneath he was such a sweet, charming, funny, lovable gay guy who wanted to love freely and live a normal life without the intense pressure of the royalty… I just want to give him a hug.
I’m such a sucker for stories about royalty, and about famous people, so the idea of the first son of the US and the Prince of England falling in love was something that had me jumping up and down with excitement. I loved the idea of these two super famous people falling for each other and really getting to know each other, their real selves that they can’t share with the media, in the midst of all the craziness that is their lives. And the fact that they’re both guys in roles where it’s not easy to be lgbt and their families might not approve but they just love each other just has my heart.
And they were just so perfect together! I loved reading their conversations and text conversions, and some made me really laugh! (Like, for example, killer turkeys with their evil gobbles in the middle of the night…) And some were so pure and wholesome and I loved how they could talk to each other about real things that really mattered to them, things that they couldn’t talk about to anyone else.
One thing I did note was that the amount of sex scenes seemed a bit excessive to me? The book felt fairly long for a contemporary and I think the making out/sex scenes could have been reduced in favor of just more emotional development, or just to have a shorter book in general. But also I’m used to reading young adult and this book is new adult (I can count on one hand the number of adult romances I’ve read and I only read this because it was so hyped) so it might be a case of it’s me not you.
The writing style was so much fun! There were so many references to pop culture, especially Star Wars, thrown in there that my nerdy self loved. The banter was so lighthearted that I absolutely flew through this book with a constant smile on my face.