Book Review: Red, White & Royal Blue

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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, geniusβ€”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?

Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic

He kisses Henry until it feels like he can’t breathe, until it feels like he’s going to forget both of their names and titles, until they’re only two people tangled up in a dark room making a brilliant, epic, unstoppable mistake.

Oh mon dieu! I have never read anything so good before, and I’m not kidding! This book was everything I didn’t know I was in desperate need of! It’s super fucking wonderful, amazing, lovely, hilarious and heartfelt. I will never forget this experience. It was so unique and so good! It filled me to the brim with awe and astonishment and hope, and I loved it, and I can die a happy girl now.

The moment you first called me a prick, my fate was sealed.

I really, really, really, really, really want to scream right now because I want everyone else on every planet and every universe to read it! I don’t care, I would literally fucking pay you to read it. It was super fucking incredible and I am so glad that I had the chance to devour it!

So, I was a bit nervous while starting to read it, as I’ve had so many unpopular opinions this year. I didn’t like a lot of hyped books (I mean, not really a lot but…a lot) and I didn’t want to hate it or dislike it or not like it as much as I wanted to. But I totally adored every part of it, every page of it and every word of it.

I’m so glad that Casey McQuiston came up with such an amazing and cool and hilarious and amazing (I said that again and that’s why I don’t like when people use these words to describe things that are not good and awesome and amazing) idea and wrote such a beautiful book.

Red, White & Royal Blue is the story of  FSOTUS Alex who falls in love with his sworn enemy, Prince of Wales, Henry.

The enemies-to-lovers trope never gets old, and try as I might, I am never able to abstain from reading the books with this trope. I am a sucker for ’em, as I’ve already mentioned about a bazillion times.

That kind of love is rare, even if it was a complete disaster.

It was such a delight and I can’t imagine there’s so many people missing out on it.

Let’s talk about the book now. Because I keep gushing about it and I don’t want my lengthy ramblings to distract you from knowing what I like about it and what I don’t (there’s literally nothing I don’t like about it).

So, I loved the romance between Alex and Henry. It was written so well and was really interesting to read. I found the subplots interesting and extremely engaging. Even though I’m not one bit interested in politics, my knowledge of the history of the US and government made me understand most of what was going around. And I realized that it made the book even better. I should give credit to my major for it, and also to all the mugging up I did before my exams and I’m happy that I could finally use it lmao. But I also had to look up a million things. For example, the details about the White House.

This book deserves extra love because it has a female president of the US. It talks about what it means to be gay/bi as a politician in the US. It also has so many LGBT characters and some of the characters deal with certain mental health issues (anxiety and panic disorder perhaps?).

Sure there were cute moments in the book, but my favorites were the funny ones. I was about 10 pages into the book and I was already laughing my ass off. I will give you an example that is not a spoiler but you’ll miss out on some fun if you read it. So, there’s this scene in which Alex has two turkeys in his room and he’s shit scared because they look and sound extremely furious. So he rings up Henry at around two or three am in the morning and makes him listen to the turkey’s gobble. And of course, the turkeys do not gobble while he’s on the phone. So, Henry instructs him on how to make them gobble (which was a prank, obviously). It was extremely hilarious and the absolute best thing. I made it sound absolutely boring but trust me, you’ll love it!

I love this book for a million reasons. Well, the plot was amazing. The writing was incredible and awesome and engaging. The jokes, family dynamics, friendship and love all made me fall head over heels for it even more.

There are characters who are super freakin lovable. I know Henry and Alex are super lovable, but I’m talking about Alex’s mother, the president of the US, who is just amazing. I loved June, and Nora (she’s an absolute sweetheart). But I am super freaking in love with Zahra. God. I just want to cuddle her right now. I heard that Casey had fun writing her and I am happy that they (I’m not sure about the pronouns πŸ˜•) gave us such a badass character!

And by the way, this book is not for young kids because there are many sex scenes (not really) in it and everyone seems to be in love with swear words. Also, there’s homophobia and both of the characters suffer from panic attacks. So, if any of these subjects can hurt you, stay away.

I’m not sure what else to say. This book’s made its way into every nook and cranny of my brain and I will not forget it because it was such an amazing read. I really have no words to describe how I feel about it because all the adjectives I’ve learned over the years aren’t enough to appreciate such an amazing piece of work.

All in all, it was fun and lovely. It made me feel so many things I didn’t know I was capable of feeling. And it made me fall in love with life once again. I’m super glad that I read it. It didn’t disappoint. Not one bit.  And it’s the best book I’ve read in the last few months. And I want to thank the author for that. I really need to. Just read it y’all. You’ll love it.

So, did you love this book? Share your thoughts below!

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