Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

“Sometimes you have a fire under your ass for no good goddamn reason. You’re gonna burn out like this.”

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Synopsis:

Alex Claremont-Diaz is the biracial son of Ellen Claremont, President of the United States of America. It has never been a question in his mind that he wanted to be a politician and growing up right down the hall from The Oval Office only made his dream that much more tangible. Alex’s last semester of college is right around the corner and the only thing preventing self-implosion is copious amounts of coffee and his newly forced friendship with Prince Henry of England.

Prince Henry can’t stand Alex and it’s apparent after they first met after the Rio Olympics that the feeling is mutual so when a royal wedding takes a dramatic turn and Henry finds himself tethered to Alex via Non-Disclosure Agreement, it’s all he can do to keep his posh and proper demeanor against Alex’s crass American behavior.

While juggling growing feelings and trying to keep their respective countries together, you’ll follow Alex and Henry on their journey to discover that sometimes love isn’t as simple as a vote for your favorite politician, sometimes it’s as messy and dirty as the campaign trail itself. Casey McQuiston presents an absolutely diverse and equally enigmatic cast in her debut novel Red, White & Royal Blue.

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I received this as an ARC through Netgalley, this in no way sways my opinions about its contents.

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My Thoughts:

I had no idea what the hype was about before I requested this book, only that it was a M/M New Adult romance and that everyone wanted their hands on it. I saw a few of my fellow readers finish it and sing such high praises and I still let it sit on my e-shelf and collect dust. For that I am so ashamed with myself because this book fucking destroyed me. Do you ever find yourself towards the end of a novel trying to find a single flaw because it couldn’t possibly have been that well written and seamless? Yeah, that was me. I was in complete denial about how good this was and I closed my Nook after reading and immediately started crying because Casey McQuiston is a genius and they quickly became a new ultimate favorite.

You enter the story while the Claremont-Diaz family is neck deep in a re-election campaign and The White House Trio (Alex, June, & Nora) are doing their best to behave so polling numbers only rise. After a small situation involving what seems to be a fight ending in a $75,000 mishap between Alex and Henry, the White House And Royal Family collaborate to find a quick fix which is a new friendship between the two heart throbs.

“You can hate the heir to the throne all you want, write mean poems about him in your diary, but the minute you see a camera, you act like the sun shines out of his dick”

The two quickly go from enemies to lustful friends who find excuses to see each other by covering it up as international relations. They also learn how to open up and talk to each other about things they would never speak to anyone else about. Henry listens to Alex’s worries and his every incessant rant and Alex gives Henry a safe space to be himself while living in the oppressive Kensington palace. Love is a new territory for both of them and this is Alex’s first boyfriend so of course he has to run through the mental list of “not gay” things he did leading up to this moment which include calling an old fling…yikes.

“He rolled onto his side and listens, trails the back of his hand across the pillow next to him and imagines Henry lying opposite his own bed, two parentheses enclosing 3,700 miles.”

Now once the romance really gets settled you get to watch the two blossom during their emails which they end in love letters from prominent people in history. You see the desire, and the pain and everything in between from not being able to show their love in the way they want to and eventually the fall out. I loved how it wasn’t a just a linear line to happiness and I absolutely loved the fact that McQuiston took her time to build up the backstories of the character’s lives so each character was so real. There were plenty of times I laughed out loud during this book. Like serious knee-slapping laughter, cliches be damned.

“If Alex’s head is a storm, Henry is the place lightning hits ground. He wants it to be true.”

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Wrap-Up:

You can totally tell that the author has a love for classical literature and an adoration for Star Wars and the way they incorporated it was flawless. I found myself completely invested in the lives of EVERY character and not just the main ones. This is a true story of personal growth and finding love and support from all of the people you love because it truly takes a group effort to change the world and it only takes one person to change your heart forever. I rated this book 5/5 stars and would absolutely recommend this to anyone and everyone.

TW: Death of a Parent, Drug Abuse, Mention of Anxiety/Depression/Mental Illness

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4 thoughts on “Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston”

  1. I really want to get my hands on this book; if there’s a trope that will have me setting my wallet on fire it’s enemies to friends to lovers.

    Side note: love this format and depth in the review; can’t wait to see more like it.

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