Hello fellow booksters!
Today, I'll be reviewing one of 2019 most anticipated summer romances.
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
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. But when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry leak to the tabloids, American/British relations are threatened and White House staff has to do everything they can to save it.
Soon, the allies are staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince-- they just didn't expect the friendship to turn into anything more... As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry--one that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. Now the pair is forced to make decisions: How do you want history remember you? And more importantly, what's worth a sacrifice?
Red, White, and Royal Blue is unlike any novel I've read before. It's no secret that I'm not a fan of "flowery" writing, but I've decided to make an exception for this uplifting and captivating story (as I do with Tana French, obviously.)
Casey McQuiston's debut novel may follow the story of a complicated romance, but it's the vivid and memorable cast of characters, such as President Ellen Claremont and the White House trio, that make Red, White, and Royal Blue a story to remember.
This narrative is funny and lively, but it's also real and powerful. I barely ever cry when I read. (The Harry Potter series, A Man Called Ove, and Me Before You are the exceptions). But McQuiston's latest novel made me shed a tear or two, AND THAT, in itself, is HUGE PEOPLE.
I could sit here and say how much I loved Henry and Alex, but instead I'll say GO PICK UP THIS BOOK. I'm sure you won't regret it.
Have you read Red, White, and Royal Blue? Let's chat.