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

Title: Red, White & Royal Blue

Author: Casey McQuiston

Length: 418 pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

This book had been on my TBR for sooo long. I was excited to read, and finally found the perfect chance.

Synopsis: When his mother became President of the United States, Alec 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 beef with an actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving and Alex/Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. Heads of family and state and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: Stage a truce between the two rivals. What af first begins as a fake, Instagrammable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, the 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 presidential campaign and upend two nations. It raises 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 out true colours shine through?

Thinking about history makes me wonder how’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like the. History, huh? Bet we could make some.’

There was so much love about this book. It’s a wild, fun romp, in a setting that’s been done before but with a wonderful LGBT twist. And about time I too!

It was so easy to fall in love with Alex and Henry’s love story. It was a classic enemies to lovers slow burn romance that I’m a real slut for. It was so authentic in a unusual setting. It was a real joy to read their love grow. It was a bit dirty too, and I think this is needed more in YA! Although they had sex at Wimbledon! I went to Wimbledon last year and all I got was a sunburn.

Although the book did revolve around the romance, which can be tedious in a book. There was enough going on for the book not to drag. With Alex’s mum trying to get re-elected, and Henry trying to the perfect heir to the throne, and how the romance effected these things was interesting to read.

This book also made me laugh out loud a few times (that never happens) but the writing is just so witty. It also had some great secondary characters like Nora and June. And the book needed them for so relief.

There were a few problems I had while reading this book. First off, the predictability. Again, we all knew what was going to happen from the first page. Sometimes I just want a book that blows my my mind. Also the character of Alex, he was a slight problem for me. I just think his personality was what a lot of YA authors think we as readers find attractive, but it wasn’t actually a personality that was attractive. It just felt forced. Do you know what I mean?

I would recommend this book, just don’t expect to be surprised by it. It was a quick, fun, frothy read. It’s also got a great m/m romance, which we can never have enough of.

Until the next review

JTH

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