Red, White & Royal Blue

Red, White & Royal Blue

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When his mother became President of the United States, 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 an actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex/Henry altercation, US/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 at first begins as a fake, Instagrammable 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 which 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 with the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?
Publisher: New York : Wednesday Books, 2019
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250316776
Characteristics: 421 p. ; 21 cm

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What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 08, 2020

Red, White, and Royal Blue is the best book I’ve read in a very long time. It was so light and fluffy that I felt giddy reading it. There were times I had to put it down because I was smiling so hard it hurt. Despite this, the book also managed to convey a powerful message, dealing with politics, racism, homophobia, and relationships. The characters in this book were nuanced and multi-dimensional, all offering something of value to the story. The plot was compelling and held my interest for long periods of time. Everything that happened had a purpose and drove the story further. I would recommend this book to anyone over 16, as it does contain some mature themes. This book is a treasure and will always hold a special place in my heart. 5/5
@nickreads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

JCLStefanieE Jan 29, 2020

In the acknowledgements at the end of her book, Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston writes, "What I hope to do, and what I hope I have done with this book by the time you've finished it, my dear reader, is to be a spark of joy and hope you needed." This is indeed exactly what reading this book did for me.

_agaleano Jan 28, 2020

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston delivers a nice, optimistic, and fun love story that’s a perfect start to a new decade of enjoying books and stories.

In an alternative reality, but similar enough to seem absolutely possible, Alex Claremont-Diaz is the half-Mexican son of the first female president of the United States. He is handsome, charming and passionate about making the world a better place. Then there is Prince Henry, third in line to the throne, and practically the definition of Prince Charming. Alex doesn’t necessarily consider Henry his arch-nemesis. It is just that Henry’s perceived perfection rubs Alex the wrong way, and he can’t help but obsess over the Prince’s actions.

During the Royal Wedding of Prince Henry’s brother, Alex and Henry get into an altercation that ends with them tripping over and onto the most expensive wedding cake in the world. To advert the ensuing international political nightmare, Alex and Henry are forced to convince the public that they are the best of friends. What starts as a series of staged outings and photo ops, transforms into a begrudging friendship and soon into a sweet and passionate secret love affair. But when you live your life in the public eye, keeping a secret such as this is basically impossible, especially during an election year.

McQuiston’s debut novel is a joy to read. The characters of Alex and Henry work very well together, and you can’t help but root for them to get their happily ever after. The dialogue is fun and witty, and the love story is swoon worthy. I recommend this book to fans of romantic comedies and any one out there in search of a joyful, fun, and optimistic story that will make you smile.

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SKYLERks
Nov 16, 2019

Disappointed. Couldn't finish it.

JessicaGma Nov 05, 2019

I know this book had a lot of hype around it, and there were some dissenting voices around the hype, but I found this to be a fun read with two well rounded characters. None of us will ever experience what it is like to be in the royal family, or a politician's kid, so it's a nice tale of fame due to your family, managing it all while trying to keep it secret and well all the mayhem that ensues. As long as now there's MORE queer romances hitting this level of hype, I am here for it. It's not just one and done....

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charliej6294
Nov 05, 2019

Absolutely stunning. If your friends are begging you to read this (like mine did), just take the plunge and fall in love with one of the best love stories I've read in ages. Each character is vivid and dynamic and lovable, each twist and turn of the plot is enthralling and the payoff is beyond joyous. RWaRB lives up to every expectation of a happy (if politically complicated) queer love story

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Oct 09, 2019

This book was the cooling balm I needed now that Veep is done and I'm struggling to ignore American politics. It's a sugary confection of a romance, and it offers the hope that our government will rise out of its current state. It has many of the romantic tropes readers love - enemies to lovers, royal affairs, secret relationships - and it's genuinely funny. It's set firmly in The Now, with references that will eventually date it (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Parks and Recreation, Kid Cudi, etc.), but I happily camped out in this La La Land where everything is a bit more fair than the real world. If you're a fan of female presidents, biracial families, queer princes and killer chemistry, you might enjoy it, too!

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allysunsun24
Sep 25, 2019

Firstly if you are curious if this book is worth all the hype around it, not only is it worth it, this book surpasses it! I love everything about this book! Whether it was the characters, the politcal aspects or the friendships that are developed throughout the book, this book had my heart from page. I strongly believe that this book is going to stick with me for awhile especially when reading romance. It made me smile and laugh, cry and cheer throughout the book. The way the characters are written, you can relate to all of them, and I think that’s because they feel so real. Honestly we all know an Alex and we all know a Nora too.
In this book we have Alex Claremont-Diaz a 21 year old Mexican-American who is the First Son of the United States. In the alternate timeline after President Obama a Alex’s mom, Ellen Claremont, won the election and is now up for re-election. We can dream right? Then there’s Henry, the Princes of Wales, I have such a soft spot for Henry. He always puts family and duty first suppressing so much of himself.
Now these two don’t necessarily seem like they would fit together and isn’t that the perfect start for the enemies-to-lovers trope? Alex and the presidential family head to England for Henry’s older brothers wedding, and after a scuffle between Alex and Henry they are forced to undergo a fake friendship for good press. Score a million for this book because who doesn’t love a well written fake-friendship trope. And you can guess what comes next, some good old fashioned falling for each other.
I honestly had such a fantastic time reading this, Alex is so funny, witty and sarcastic that I found myself cackling at time. Henry is the typical hold it all in kind of character and I loved how well they suited each other. My only negative would be there is a lot of political talk and if that isn’t your cup of tea you may not enjoy this.

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AConsolver
Sep 11, 2019

3-3.5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy cute romances and a lot of politics.

Alex Claremont-Diaz is the son of the first female president of the United States. He's the golden boy of the white house and future political hopeful. He cannot stand Prince Henry of Wales, the very uptight prince, who he has been compared to basically his entire life. When a possible political scandal occurs, making the two look like they are fighting, they must form a fake long-term close friendship in order to save face. Along the way Alex realizes that maybe he doesn't hate Henry, maybe he actually quite likes him... and maybe he's not straight after all. Can the two work out a relationship despite their high profile political lives?

Sigh. I so wanted to LOVE this. I did enjoy it for so many reasons, but for others I just found it a bit boring. So... let's get into it. I adored Alex and Henry and their relationship. Going from enemies, to frenemies, to lovers was very cute. I loved their banter, sarcasm, and chemistry. I would say the steam level is fairly mid-range. Fairly explicit, but not overly descriptive, and definitely with shorter steamy scenes. I enjoyed Alex's relationship with his sister, his parents, and Nora, and all of the delightful extra side characters too. While I certainly agree with and feel inspired by the politics expressed in this book, and do not mind political opinions or jabs being put into fiction... (if ONLY the 2016 election had gone in such a way...) I don't particularly enjoy political *plots* in books. I just found it a bit dry. I didn't care too much about the intrigue related to campaigning and scandals and all that. I would say, that stuff is most of the book, and it just isn't my cup of tea. I will also say, probably because of the political plot... the book felt extra long. I didn't find myself wanting to keep reading it constantly, because I just wasn't very invested in the campaigning and election stuff. Hope that makes sense? I loved so many things about this book, but overall it just wasn't my kind of thing.

LPL_KimberlyL Aug 23, 2019

This book reads just like fan-fiction, and I mean that as the highest of compliments. Alex is a hot mess and the First Son of the United States. Henry is seemingly perfect, with his perfect face and stupid handsomeness. Did I mention he is a PRINCE?! Alex is kind of obsessed with Henry, and as the reader there were definitely moments where I was like, "OH JUST KISS ALREADY YOU SILLY BOYS" which, to me, is the mark of an infuriatingly good romance novel. I'm kind of mad at Casey McQuiston for creating a book that I wish I had written, but I cannot recommend this one highly enough! It is incredibly sweet with over-the-top humor that means you will most likely spend the entirety of the book laughing until you cry.

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MustInvolveEggs
Sep 11, 2019

As your mother, I can appreciate that maybe this isn't your fault, but as the president, all I want is to have the CIA fake your death and ride the dead-kid sympathy into a second term.

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Sep 11, 2019

Straight people, he thinks, probably don't spend this much time convincing themselves they're straight.

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