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Red, White & Royal Blue

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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 ne ...more
Paperback, 421 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Kyle It’s tagged overwhelmingly as “Young Adult” on Goodreads, which is what I saw initially, and went into thinking it was. This is problematic, because t…moreIt’s tagged overwhelmingly as “Young Adult” on Goodreads, which is what I saw initially, and went into thinking it was. This is problematic, because there are about a dozen sex scenes, and I (a man in his 30’s) found them to be fairly graphic. The MCs are all in their early twenties. Also, there is a high level of crude language. So, to clarify: this is 100% Contemporary NA Romance.(less)

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chai ♡
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Is it possible for your whole body to grin? The answer is hell yes.

Red, White & Royal Blue is a story lit up like a beacon to the weary and the lost. My heart still swells with so much delight. The notion of memory simply fails to adequately capture the sensation. I know the words but none of them really encompass the feeling of deep contentment, mixed with the kind of frustration one feels at waking from a sweet dream. I promise you that what memories
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Melanie

ARC provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.

“Is it possible you willfully forgot about the biggest international event of the year because you don’t want to see your arch nemesis?”

I honestly do not think that any book has made me happier than Red, White & Royal Blue, ever. I laughed, I swooned, I cried, but, most importantly, I finished the last page and felt such a powerful amount of hope that transcends any amount of words that I could possibly string togeth
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Judith
DNF @ 53%



Stand back with the pitchforks.




The award for the most over hyped,biggest book disappointment of the year,so far,goes to this book.




Firstly,let's address the fact that this book had over 2000 ratings/reviews before it was made available to buy.What on earth is all that about? Surely that many review copies weren't available? BUT, it certainly worked....I've never been so interested in reading something.I mean I've lost count of this appearing on my feed with so many glowing reviews .And t
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Colleen Hoover
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm on a cruise right now. I saw a few people talking about this book before I left for vacation, so I downloaded it. I finished it by the second day on my cruise. I ignored everyone. I didn't even go to trivia because I was enjoying this book so much. I wanted to write a review for it when I finished it last week, but I only get internet when we're docked and the internet on this ship is .99 a minute. And to make matters worse, it's slooooow, so it takes a good fifteen minutes just to get Goodr ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 5/24/19: *cries in gay* Alex & Henry forever and ever (and ever and ever and ever).

Original read 2/21/19: It may only be February but I’m calling it now: this will be my #1 favorite book of the year. Possibly even of all time???? This is all I’ve ever wanted in a QUEER AS FUCK romance and my heart is soaring. Alex & Henry are the OTP of my dreams and I will never, ever be over them. Casey McQuiston is a national treasure and needs to be protected at all costs bc I want to read their que
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Kai
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, owned, queer
if this book doesn't receive the same epic treatment as Crazy Rich Asians I'm going to sue Hollywood
Angelica
me, awkwardly watching all the raving reviews for this book and being scared to give my pretty negative, highly unpopular yet ultimately very honest opinion:



Ok, so please don't hate me, I'm fragile.

But also, in all seriousness, I didn't like this book. I know, I know, how dare I?

Well, let me explain to you in detail just how I dare. Beware of the long review!

A few months ago, everyone was getting ARCs for this book and absolutely everyone was loving it and giving it five stars. Obviously, I was
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Miranda Reads
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
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Happy Pride Month y'all! Click the booktube link to check out my favorite PRIDE books
The Written Review

~ picks up book ~

Oh? This looks cute...

~ 20 pages later ~

F*CK. I'll die for this ship.

~ Last pages ~

No book will ever be the same.

~ p.s. ~

Am I the only one who picked up on the audiobook'scconstant mispronunciation of David Bowie's name??

It's Boh-wie, not Bah-wie. Evidence.
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Make some noise for the winner of best romance and debut novel categories! Alex and Henry, you’re so adorable and I enjoyed every word about this amazing couple’s poignant, unique, memorable love story!!!
Yayyyyyy!!!!💃🏿💃🏿💃🏿

CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!

My three S letter words summarize my feelings about this book: SPECTACULAR, SPLENDID, SPECIAL!

No need to attend an auction! I’m shaken, I’m smiling, my feelings are everywhere and my mind already flew to the moon! It’s another five gazillion stars and I think
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”He wants to set himself on fire, but he can’t afford for anyone to see him burn.”

First of all: If you want to read my full and uncensored review with all the quotes and my personal trademark rambling you can do it here! And now to the considerably shortened goodreads review! (word limits *shakes head*)

This sentence, this book, the topics that are tackled, the honest and blunt way they are dealt with and approached?! This was everything!!! I love this book so much, I can’t even put it into words
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Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
“But the truth is, also, simply this: love is indomitable."

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My heart is so entirely full, it's nearly overflowing. This book was in a word; matchless. I laughed, I loved, I cried but mostly loved every beautiful little thing that led up to the last page. Now, having finished, I wish for nothing more but to go all the way back to the beginning and start again. As readers, sometimes -very rarely- you come across a book that quintessentially becomes a mantra, a new sense of hope and a burst of s
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
History, huh?

To be honest, I wasn't expecting to love Red, White & Royal Blue. I mean, this is Casey McQuiston's first book, and it's written in present tense (ugh), but love it I did. I loved it HARD.

Red, White & Royal Blue was everything I was looking for and more.

My reading experience was simply me laughing, crying, or swooning in a continuous cycle. Sometimes all three at once. It's been a long, long time since I've wanted to melt into a puddle of goo on the floor because the romance!!!
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Kiki
Dec 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Not for me. That’s an understatement.

I get that a lot of people loved this, and I can see why. It has its charms and I’m sure that, for a lot of people, it was a fun escape. I can respect that. But I am clearly not the intended audience for this. It’s a diatribe of smug, naive American exceptionalism against a stereotyped, sterilised, Anglocentric image of the UK that masquerades as anti-monarchist but ultimately worships the royal family as an institution. The author clearly knows nothing abou
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 Teodora
4.5/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺
BONUS: At the end, there are 10 quotes proving that Zahra is the ultimate mood !!

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I’d be so happy right now to actually have proper words to describe this beautiful mess that this book is but I rarely do have them so this review is going to be an equally hot mess. I’m actually having a doughnut while writing this so that should do.

Red, White & Royal Blue is not exactly my type of reading. I mean, I had doubts I’d possibly like this kind
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
I really just binge reread this book in an hour and a half. I don’t know why any of you talk to me

As usual, the day guard at the Dirksen Building glares at him as he slides through security. She’s certain he was the one who vandalized the sign outside one particular senator’s office to read BITCH MCCONNELL, but she’ll never prove it.

A ridiculous romance between the made-up prince of England and the made-up son of the made-up first woman president has no right to be this good. And yet
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monica kim
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
i just read a review where someone said they didn’t like this because it was too idealistic and happy. and like...honestly isn’t that what the world kind of needs? this book dares to dream of an america that could have and should have been after the 2016 election. this is the kind of story this world needs more of, not less of, because it shows that this kind of love story - one where two men can fall in love and still be world leaders and changers- doesn’t have to be tragic. part of what makes ...more
emma
THIS IS THE CUTEST FLUFFIEST BOOK ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET.

This made me...blush? And I famously cannot blush. One time my high school English teacher overheard me saying I didn’t do the assigned reading and he called me out in front of the whole class, and I, like a tiny badass (pretending my heart wasn’t pounding and I wasn’t more nervous than I’ve ever been), was like “Yeah, I’m not trying to hide anything. I didn’t do the reading.” And he, taken aback, went, “...You’re not even blushing.”

So,
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megs_bookrack
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
Alex Claremont-Diaz, First Son of the United States, is making his way through college, as well as plotting his future career in politics.



He already has years of experience working on various campaigns and is quite a successful schmoozer. Along with his sister and best friend, they navigate the D.C. social scene like it's their job; and it kind of is.

We all know I love political strategy in books, so right from the start, I'm like...



It quickly becomes obvious that Alex still has some growing up
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C.G. Drews
This book is hilarious, thoughtful and devastatingly heartfelt. Like I just really really enjoyed reading this?! I've been struggling to focus on books lately, but dude I stayed up very late reading this -- and also possibly sprained a rib from laughing so much. But perfect banter and adorable romance...what really took me was how heartfelt the book was, the characters were. It's a story about being brave enough to admit you are worth fighting for, for wanting things, and for chasing after those ...more
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Reread update 11/11/19:
IM A MESS, PART 2


Original review 6/29/19:
IM A MESS
Madison
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Alex, the First Son, has one arch-nemesis: Prince Henry of England, the Crown’s golden boy. After their long-held feud escalates to a disaster at the Royal Wedding, the two are forced to fake a friendship in the spotlight to smooth international relations, and it’s going to be absolutely terrible. After all, Alex hates Henry! … doesn’t he?

Okay, look, I don’t even know how to start this review so I’m just going to apologize in advance for my fangirling, because honestly, it’s really just NOT
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Warda
[4.5 🌟]
I’ve finally read this book and it has made my head hurt.
This could very well be because of the fact that it’s 1.42am and I’ve been fighting off sleep and crying at the same time.

I can’t thank Casey McQuiston enough for writing a story where you are seen and heard and loved. This book was a dream.

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Had to put this book down because my mood was going haywire.

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I just couldn't hack the constant glowing reviews this book was getting any longer. It was driving me bonkers.
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jessica
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
its official. im now in a diabetic coma because my blood sugar levels are too high from how sweet this story is. its seriously too precious. its the perfect remedy for all your worries, troubles, and depression. and that is due to the boys - what sweet cinnamon rolls alex and henry are. to love this story is to love them. plain and simple.

i do think this would have been a 5 star read for me if it had been told in first person and from henrys POV. i think that would have made the writing much mo
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☆ Todd
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Wow, this book was EVEN BETTER than I had dared hope. : )



I'd initially held off on requesting this book until early reviews hit Goodreads because:

1.) Royal*anything* usually bores me to tears.

2.) So do books involving politics of any shape or form.


But this story was a delicious mix of drama, angst, excitement and, most importantly, hope.

I loved both First Son Alex and HRH Prince Henry right from the get go, as they first snarked their way into my heart, then as feelings began to develop, ga
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Chloe
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Books With Friends June pick

This was romantic, heartbreaking, hilarious, powerful, hopeful and just SO ENJOYABLE!
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Mackenzi
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
***heart eyes***
✨    jamieson   ✨
REREAD: December 2019 Alex Claremont-Diaz is the only man I would die for. Lit Rally the definition of bisexual legend

The next slide reads: EXPLORING YOUR SEXUALITY: HEALTHY, BUT DOES IT HAVE TO BE WITH THE PRINCE OF ENGLAND? Alex actively wishes for the sweet release of death


KFSDJHFDKSJ I'm dead!!!! This is exactly what we needed in the political hellscape that is 2019 and my heart is so full! First Son of the United States hates the Prince of England but pretends to be his best friend as a
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Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

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DNF @ 30% 



Hey, did you know that this book is actually a love triangle? It's not just a love story between Alex and Henry. It's a love story between Alex and Henry and everyone on Tumblr. I have not read a book that wallows in its own sense of self-importance since, well, ever. This book won a Goodreads Choice Award. I had assumed it would be good because of that. But then again, SJM books also win GCAs and we know how I feel about those
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Lily ☁️
“History, huh? Bet we could make some.”


RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE IS GOING ON MY 2019 FAVORITES SHELF, IT IS OFFICIAL. ✨🌈💫

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I RECEIVED AN ARC OF THIS BOOK, I AM IN TEARS. This is basically a wholesome enemies-to-friends-to-lovers-tale featuring wholesome friendships and sibling relationships, and a whole lot of swoon-worthy scenes, witty banter, and … well, some things are best kept a surprise. ;)

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