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Red, White & Royal Blue

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  4,106 ratings  ·  1,877 reviews

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends...

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 beau

Kindle Edition, 425 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin
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شيماء ✨
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 you will keep of this story will warm y
[Edit 4/7/19] Hi, Casey's mom. The book world loves your child & their debut.

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 o
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
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 queer romances for the rest of my life. God fucking bless America. Also: I would DIE for Nora
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
is this what real joy feels like???
Whitney Atkinson
I’ve been weeping for an hour and a half, that’s how good this book is. I’ll update with a full review later today when it’s not 4:30 AM and i cant breathe out of my nose bc snot and emotions.

14 hours later
Okay, hi.
Not gonna lie, I woke up, cried in the shower about this book, cried on the way home from Rosalie's vet appointment, then cried again while filming a vlog clip about how much I loved this book. I don't doubt I'll cry typing this review.

I adored this book. So. Much.

First and foremos
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 som
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 roma
Claudia Ramírez
ESTE LIBRO. OMG. Son en realidad 4,5 estrellas de AMOR PURO.

Mis nuevos hijos adoptivos, Alex y Henry.

Pronto intentaré escribir una reseña real, por ahora solo deben saber que fue un libro lleno de esperanza (y que simplemente NO LO PUDE SOLTAR, adictivo af).
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-five-stars
5 stars

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But the truth is, also, simply this: love is indomitable.”

It’s been a while since I’ve read a debut novel that was THIS GOOD. I foresee this book being one of my very top favorites of the year, I loved it that much! This is a story about the first son, Alex and the Prince of England, Henry. They aren’t friends, in fact, they hate each other. Enemies to lovers… I’m always here for it! I seriously could not have loved this book more. It was perfection.

Let’s start with Alex. Alex’s mo
☆ Todd
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 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
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 fa
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
A gay British prince and the gay son of the president of the USA falling in love?
Say no more!


I need to have this in my life! Immediately!!! Why do I have to wait so long? T_T

The 2019 releases will be the death of me! XD

P.S: It sounds gay but hey, maybe there'll be a decent bi representation?! I guess I'll just have to find out once I read it. ;-)
Larry H
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

Oh. My. God. I couldn't have loved this book more.

It was sweet, it was romantic, it made me cry, it made me hopeful, it made me bitter that there weren't books like this when I was growing up, but it made me so happy there are books like this now for those who need it.

Alex Claremont-Diaz is the First Son of the United States. His mother is finishing her first term as president and is gearing up for a bruising re-election fight, and his father is a congressman from California. Alex is quite a ce
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, consider yourself spammed with my rec


full review now posted~ Sometimes you gotta decide to be happy and Red, White & Royal Blue is dying to do just that, so fucking let it, alright? As for me, I'm gonna keep it in my handbag just in case I ever need cheering up, with the absolute certainty that it will never disa
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
Lily ☁️


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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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Thank you netgalley for the review copy!

OMG. If you're wondering if this book is worth the hype, IT'S WORTH IT. This book is EVERYTHING.
From the loveable, complex, diverse cast of characters, to the heart-stopping enemies-to-lovers romance, to the political aspects that absolutely break your heart because of what could have been, this book stole my heart and ran away with it and got a tattoo of this book cover on it's ass.

May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
This is probably one of the easiest five-star ratings I’ve ever given to a book. This novel was majestic. It did not feel like a debut novel at all, Casey McQuiston’s writing style is amazing and very rich.
The book itself is basically a work of art that should be placed in a museum. Henry and Alex are such multilayered characters that were created so well, they felt very real. Their relationship was crafted perfectly and I was totally rooting for them. And do I even have to talk about those e-m
LOVED loved loved this!!
Buddy read this with Amy @acourtofcrownsandquills & Kristin @superspacechick
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
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
✨    jamieson   ✨
son of the US president having to work with the prince of wales even though he doesn't want to, to save their countries reputations, only to end up falling in love with him?? this is what I have deserved all along
amy ☂︎
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
You'll not want to miss out on Red, White & Royal Blue this spring, and here's why:

a. All the good feelings
it's been a while since a form of media has made me so god damn giddy and happy. endgame made me sob for two hours straight, the last season of game of thrones continuously makes me want to tear my heart out of my chest and i'm still in pain because of my foxhole court reread earlier this month. but this book??? it made me all [weird happy bird screech noises]. it feels like a steady so
Apr 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't hack the constant glowing reviews this book was getting any longer. It was driving me bonkers.
So I pre-ordered it.
May 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Okay I'm going to read this because everyone and their mannequin is in love with it but am I really the only person who's bothered by how everyone's favorite gay books are written by women instead of... idk... gay men?
Shin Mon Thway
So .. I warn you in advance. This is going to be the unpopular opinion of the book. 😁 I was really ecstatic when I got an ARC of this book two months ago. I was seriously so happy. 🙂 And I started reading it and it was enjoyable until the politics stuff started. I paused at 50% mark for one month and couldn’t bring myself to continue reading it. I was that bored of the book. 🤷♀ But when I saw this is finally released and everyone and their mothers in my friend list have given this book 5 stars, ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

“Straight people, he thinks, probably don’t spend this much time convincing themselves they’re straight.”

🌟 You may have noticed that my rating changed from 4 stars to 3.5 stars! I like the book and it was entertaining but the more I think about it, the more problems I find. Let’s break it down in this review.

🌟 So the book is about The first son , Alexander, and the prince of England, Henry.
As you would expect, they ar
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

content warnings: alcohol use, homophobia (always challenged), anxiety, ADHD, depression, talk of past drug use and drug addiction, depictions of racism in media, talk of past loss of a parent, talk of grief, brief mentions of pancreatic cancer in the past, brief talk of attempted sexual assault in the past (from a si
Review also on my blogTwitterBookstagram

Rep: bisexual biracial (white-Mexican) main character, gay love interest

Release date: 14th May 2019

I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

[Henry] is definitely not sweaty or disgusting. He is, instead, bathed dramatically in a sweeping and resplendent sunset, wearing a crisp black jacket and riding pants tucked into his boots, looking every inch an actual fairy-tale prince.

I don't even know how to start th
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Casey McQuiston grew up in the swamps of Southern Louisiana, where she cultivated an abiding love for honey butter biscuits and stories with big, beating hearts. She studied journalism and worked in magazine publishing for years before returning to her first love: joyous, offbeat romantic comedies and escapist fiction. She now lives in the mountains of Fort Collins, Colorado, with a collection of ...more

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