Book Review: 'Red, White and Royal Blue' By Casey McQuiston

So, hands down Casey McQuiston's 'One Last Stop' was my favourite book of 2021. In fact, it tops my list at being one of my all time favourite reads, so I knew as soon as I had finished it that I needed to go back and read her first book 'Red, White and Royal Blue.' It had been on my radar for a while and all I can say is 'OH MY GOODNESS.' 


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, genius, 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.

My Review

I can't get over the incredible way Casey writes. The detail, the emotion, the passion that pores out of the pages blows my mind and if I'm honest, totally gives me writer envy. She's amazing. I immediately fell in love with Alex and his narrative. His straight to the point, bold, humour filled attitude and a passion for what he does clicked with me right away as did Henry's more shy, sensitive and overthinking personality. I could relate to them both in different ways and instantly felt at home in their world. 

Casey keeps you turning the pages eagerly awaiting what's next that I simply could not put this book down. I couldn't bare to part with Alex and Henry and wanted so bad for them to be ok, happy and safe each and every step of the way on their adventure together. Their antics as they navigate their enemy to friends to lovers story are funny, cute, heart wrenching and swoon worthy and I adored every second of it. The moments they share together are nothing short of magical and will make you melt. 

Aside from the beautiful and passionate romance, this book is filled with such gorgeous characters, from both Alex and Henry's sisters, June and Bea, to Alex's best friend, Nora. I loved their friendship group so very much and definitely wanted to be a part of it. The presidential campaigns and politics and the royal families inner workings were incredibly interesting to dive into and explore and I found myself fascinated by it all. 

I love how 'Red, White and Royal Blue' looks at standing up for and living your truth. Both Alex and Henry being in the public eye and having to face and fight long standing traditions, social expectations and societies awful unequal rules and ideals will pull at your heart strings and make your blood boil. Them finding each other and being by each others sides to share, support, guide each other and simply hold each other's hands in saying 'this is me' and I'm not changing for anyone, was wonderfully powerful, inspiring and important. 

I highly recommend that you pick up both 'Red, White and Royal Blue' and 'One Last Stop' today, they are captivating reads. I am ridiculously excited for Casey's next read 'I Kissed Shara Wheeler' and am trying to be super patient in waiting for the paperback to come out! 

Happy Reading.


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