Red White & Royal Blue
- Author: Casey McQuiston
- Published: May 14th, 2019
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
- Rating: 3/5
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?
OK, this is going to be a very unpopular opinion and please know that I didn’t hate this book I just didn’t love it like everyone else has. Red White & Royal Blue is so hyped that I needed to get my hands on it right away and I was so happy to have the time to sit and read but to be honest it took me a while and when I say a while I mean almost half of the book for things to get more interesting and well just amazing, and I don’t think I can give a book a full 5 stars when it didn’t really capture me from the very beginning.
With all that said, I will also say that even though I didn’t love it, I did liked it a lot and the three stars rating is a strong rating if that makes sense. This book follows Alex son of the United States President and Henry Prince of England, these two didn’t have a great beginning but the in between was one of my favorite things in the book. I love how their friendship even though it was kind of force at the beginning turned to be one of the best I have read so far, the interaction between these two had me laughing out loud at times and they emails, I’m melting right now just thinking back on it. I will also need to mention all the side characters, they were great and Alex’s relationship with his sister and closed friends was amazing.
Overall, I did like this book a lot there’s great diversity and great character dynamics that I really loved. The hate to friends and more story also great! My issue with the book is that it took a while for me to really get excited about things but like I said it is a great read.