To say I was excited when I got this ARC is an understatement. I had really thought I wouldn’t get a chance to read this until June. Then I saw it on NetGalley and wished for it and St. Martin’s Press granted my wish. Dreams do come true! Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuistion is legitimately one of my most anticipated books of the year. I was so hyped up for this book and I am so glad to say it did not disappoint!
This new adult romantic comedy follows Alex Claremont-Diaz the son of Ellen Claremont first female President of the United States of America. This novel follows Alex and his sworn enemy Prince Henry of Wales, as they are forced together for PR. This novel shows the slow friendship between the two grows with jokes and pokes at each other. Alex is a jock who wants to be a politician just like both of his parents. Henry is a nerd to his core and resents the status he is born into that limits his choices.
As your mother, I can appreciate that maybe this isn’t your fault, but at the president, all I want is to have CIA fake your death and ride the dead-kid sympathy into a second term.Ellen Claremont – Read, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Each step of Red, White & Royal Blue is a wonderful journey of friendship to romance cumulating to a kiss at a New Years Eve party. One of my favourite parts of this as while Alex struggles with the fact that he enjoyed Henery’s kiss there and what that means, it is an open exploration empty of any tortuous self-hate. It helps that this book is just chock full of queer characters, from transgender security guards to gay Latino Senators. I especially enjoyed the flamboyant and avant-garde African character Pez who while reading as gay is shown to be bi or even maybe straight.
Where this book steals my heart though is when Henry and Alex flirt through emails quoting Alexander Hamilton, Alex Ginsberg, Radclyffe Hall, and Eleanor Roosevelt. While this book is a romantic comedy doesn’t shy away from the darker topics like the political scandal that erupts when our boys are caught. Henry’s character especially deals with the grief of the loss of his lost father and being constantly told to live a lie by the monarchy.
I’m just going to outright say it, this is one of the best books I have read this year.
I gave this book a solid 5 Stars.
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A Review Copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.