REVIEW: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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

Back of the book blurb:

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?

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Pages: 423
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9781250316776

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My rating:

            I have been (not so) patiently waiting for Red, White, & Royal Blue ever since I first learned that the novel would be about the First Son falling in love with a Royal Prince. LIKE, IMAGINE MY EXCITEMENT, RIGHT? And let me tell you, I have never fallen in love so hard with a book until Red, White, & Royal Blue. Not only do I feel seen and understood, especially in today’s political and social climate, I also feel celebrated and hopeful because a world like the one in Red, White, & Royal Blue is so attainable.

            Red, White, & Royal Blue is most definitely in my top reads for 2019.

“Someone else’s choice doesn’t change who you are.”

            I have a lot of feelings about this book because I just finished it like an hour ago. Normally, I like to wait a day (or a few) before writing reviews, mainly because if I write it when I’m really emotional, I feel like I come off as a crackhead. But, whatever. Alex and Henry deserve my crackhead feelings, okay? Basically, there’s a lot to unpack here.

            I want to go ahead and talk about the political aspect that is a huge part of this book. Clearly, America is not in the best political state that it’s ever been in. And there is a clear political agenda throughout Red, White, & Royal Blue. I’ve read a couple other reviews of this book, and some of them have stated that they didn’t enjoy the political aspect of the novel. I get that—we read books to escape the harsh realities of our world. However, I loved the political aspect of the novel. It was extremely informative even though the book was a work of fiction. I love learning new things and this book taught me several!

“That's the choice. I love him, with all that, because of all that. On purpose. I love him on purpose.”

            Now that we got the political aspect out of the way, let’s talk about the most important part—THE ROMANCE. Casey McQuiston is an absolute magician with her words. She’s not only hilarious and quite relatable (I’m not the only one who says “fuck” every other word, okay?) but she surprises you with some of the most lyrical and heartbreaking lines that I have ever read. There’s only a few authors that can make time slow down. There’s only a few authors who can shut my mind off so completely that the only thing I am completely focused on are the characters in the book. Casey McQuiston did that and so much more. I never wanted Red, White, & Royal Blue to end.

“Take anything you want and know you deserve to have it.”

            Henry and Alex have some of the most electrifying chemistry that I have ever witnessed. They complement each other so well that I know, for a fact, in every dimension, they would find their way to each other. It’s in their blood, in their hearts, and in their DNA. Their love for each other reaches multiple universes and I could cry about it for days, if I’m being honest.

“The next slide is titled: 'Exploring your sexuality: Healthy, but does it have to be with the Prince of England?' She apologizes for not having time to come up with better titles. Alex actively wishes for the sweet release of death.”

            A novel can fall apart if the entire cast isn’t working. Red, White, & Royal Blue has the best cast of characters that I’ve read about in a long, long time. They’re family, through and through. They laugh, they cry, they piss each other off. There were so many laugh out loud moments contrasted by tender moments contrasted by heartbreaking moments. I cried throughout half the book, probably. (This isn’t out of the ordinary, if you know me at all. I cry at everything.) Regardless, Red, White, & Royal Blue will make you feel.

“You are", he says, "the absolute worst idea I've ever had.”

            Please, pick up and support Red, White, & Royal Blue because it is one of the most important books that has come out in such a long time. I want to read it over and over and over again.

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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