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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
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Published May 14th 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin
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    Vincent Scarfo I would say this is for a 16+ audience. I have no idea what people are talking about with the "graphic" sex scenes, because they used a lot of languag…moreI would say this is for a 16+ audience. I have no idea what people are talking about with the "graphic" sex scenes, because they used a lot of language that implied sex without explicitly talking about the sexual acts. I feel like these folks would be shocked if they read an actually graphic sex scene. Unless maybe they find gay sex to be more graphic than straight sex?(less)
    Georgina The royal inaccuracies really pull me back out of this book which is really annoying because it wouldn't have been too much work for the author to do …moreThe royal inaccuracies really pull me back out of this book which is really annoying because it wouldn't have been too much work for the author to do a small bit of research.
    Also, the names (Phillip, Henry & Beatrice) and scenario (dead parent) are annoying me because it is very similar to real life. She made up the whole American family couldn't the British side of the story also be a bit further from reality? (less)

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    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
    I am a soulless void.

    I have definitely said this before, but I don’t know if you’ve really HEARD me. And they say actions speak louder than words, so here I am.

    Taking this book, which everyone has hailed as pure joy / cookie-level sweetness / the greatest romance of our generation even though it’s fictional / overall so happiness-bringing it seems like it should be relegated to black market dealings…

    Rereading it...and dropping a three point five rating (already gives a Scrooge-like aura of grum
    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
    Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
    I recieved this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    This book is going to avoid rightful criticism because it’s a “fun, fluffy” romance novel and “isn’t supposed to be that serious.” There’s no denying that a lighthearted story about two men falling in love is sorely missing on mainstream shelves, but we need to ask ourselves why this is the book that got picked for the “Nicholas Sparks treatment”--the $16.99 retail price, the mainstream publisher, all of the things most modern
    chai ♡
    Ah, yes, the one trope that sings to me the most: rivals to “if we never have to be in the same vicinity as each other, it'll be too soon” to “ugh we're forced to work together to save our countries' reputations but this doesn't change anything I still very much cannot stand you” to “wait, you're actually kind of a decent person and we get along really well, I might have judged you too harshly but don't read too much into it” to “oh god I think I might actually like you but THIS DOESN'T MEAN ANY ...more
    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
    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!!!


    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
    Jack Edwards
    Apr 17, 2021 rated it liked it
    This is a sweet, wholesome, and uplifting story which would be perfect for getting you out of a reading slump. I thought that the author captured characters in their early 20s really authentically, something a lot of authors struggle to do accurately. I’d heartily recommend this to anyone looking for something really positive and empowering, and I read the whole thing in 24 hours because it was very heartwarming.

    However, I also think it’s a very idealistic book, which wouldn’t really be a proble
    Miranda Reads
    Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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    ~ 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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    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)
    Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    Re-read 11/9/20: This book makes me so, so happy.

    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
    Kai Spellmeier
    Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: owned, queer
    if this book doesn't receive the same epic treatment as Crazy Rich Asians I'm going to sue Hollywood ...more
    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ 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
    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
    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 !!


    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
    Elle (ellexamines)
    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
    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!!!
    Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
    “But the truth is, also, simply this: love is indomitable."


    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
    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
    megs_bookrack ((is on vacation))
    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 whilst plotting a 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.

    I love anything political in books, so right from the start, I'm digging the vibe.

    It quickly becomes obvious that Alex has some growing up to do. As he s
    Taylor Reid
    Apr 07, 2021 added it
    Shelves: 2021
    The First Son has an enemies-to-lovers thing going on with the Prince of England. So witty, so swoony, definitely rated R. Absolutely one of the most fun books of the past few years. And what’s especially great is that if you read it and like it, Casey’s new one, One Last Stop is out this summer and when I get my hands on it, I will be stopping everything to read it!
    Apr 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
    EDIT 06/08/19: Still can’t wrap my head around the hype and fanfare surrounding this book. It’s so disingenuous and smug. Like, why are most of these rave reviews from teenagers?? What a sick scheme to get people to read your book, by marketing adult stories to kids. Truly, it’s written as if someone took a God-awful YA tumblr post/idea, and stretched it into one overlong, la-di-da AU President Hilary fanfiction. Look underneath the “cute” story wish-fulfillment blanket, and see that it’s actual ...more
    Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    Reread update 11/11/19:

    Original review 6/29/19:
    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
    Totally unrealistic and sometimes ridiculous, but very fun.

    Besides the blatant stereotyping of the British royal family, Red, White and Royal Blue (notably lacking the Oxford comma) is a mess of random pop culture references, melodramatic speeches, and philosophical conversations. It tries to tackle issues related to social justice while still maintaining the feel of a fluffy rom-com, and fails on most fronts. (And why were Henry and Alex enemies to start with? It makes no sense.)

    This would ha
    ☆ 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
    Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Books With Friends June pick

    This was romantic, heartbreaking, hilarious, powerful, hopeful and just SO ENJOYABLE!
    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
    [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.


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


    I just couldn't hack the constant glowing reviews this book was getting any longer. It was driving me bonkers.
    henry is so boring why did alex keep sucking his dick
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    Casey McQuiston is a New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies and a pie entusiast. She writes stories about smart people with bad manners falling in love. Born and raised in southern Louisiana, she now lives in New York City with her poodle mix/personal assistant, Pepper.

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