Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Paperback, 423 Pages
Published May 2019


Summary: 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?


After hearing so much about this book for so long, I knew that Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue was the kind of book that I'd be interested in, so at this year's BookExpo, I made sure to buy a copy over at the Macmillan booth. And I'm super glad that I did, because I ended up really enjoying this story! Without further ado, let's get into my review:

As the summary explains, Alex is the First Son of the United States, and his sworn enemy is Prince Henry of England. They are nothing short of rivals every time they are in the same room with one another, not able to stand one another and sometimes not even able to be civil. So when the press catches wind of their rift (thanks to a certain wedding disaster which you'll find out about), they're forced by the press to stage a series of public engagements that make them look like they've been best friends all along, as a way of saving face. But it works better than anyone anticipated -- before long, Alex and Henry realize that they have feelings for each other. Serious feelings. But those kinds of things can turn both of their respective governmental organizations upside down...or can they? Read the book to find out!

I really enjoyed reading this book! It was so funny, with so many sarcastic little quips and hilarious lines that there were several times that I found myself actually laughing out loud. The story itself was also really funny and interesting, seeing the way that Alex and Henry had to try to sell their friendship to the press, and all of the complicated things that involved behind the scenes. I really loved how there was such a wide array of characters in this book, each with their own quirks and personalities and purposes, and it all blended together to create a really rich, funny, heartwarming story that left me feeling all tingly and happy inside.

My favorite characters in this book were definitely, to nobody's surprise, Alex and Henry. I feel like they were perfect balances of one another, with Alex being sarcastic and more "daring", so to speak, while Henry always seemed a bit more withdrawn, softer, and quieter. However, they worked so well together, and even the moments where they were going at each other with insults and "fighting" were really hilarious -- the banter felt really natural and not forced at all, which I really appreciated as a reader. Zahara was also freaking hilarious and I loved her every time she was on the page, with her sarcastic quips and threats and language!

Overall, I really loved Red, White & Royal Blue. I definitely can see why there's so much hype surrounding it, that's for sure! Casey McQuiston's writing is inviting, sarcastic, and hilarious -- three things that help you fall into a story and tear through over 100 pages in a single sitting just because you don't want to put the book down. If you're looking for a read that grabs you and keeps you on the page (and also keeps you laughing!) this summer, then I'd absolutely say look no further than Red, White & Royal Blue!



 

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