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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 beautiful mill

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Kindle Edition, 425 pages
Published September 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 14th 2019)
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Lou The book is considered New Adult fiction, though I think older teenagers (sixteen and older) would be perfectly fine reading it! Though there are…moreThe book is considered New Adult fiction, though I think older teenagers (sixteen and older) would be perfectly fine reading it! Though there are several sex scenes in the book, I don't think they're all that graphic, though it is made abundantly clear that sex is what's happening. I honestly think the swearing/coarse language (of which there is a lot) is more of an indicator of its New Adult genre than the sex scenes are.

The main protagonists are around the age of 23, give or take a year or two!(less)
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Chaima ✨ 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 you in/>Red,
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Melanie
[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 of hope that transcends any areview.
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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 t
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Kai
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, favorites, owned
if this book doesn't receive the same epic treatment as Crazy Rich Asians I'm going to sue Hollywood
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
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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 something you never really k-very
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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!!! Holy god, this story was theromance!!!/>My
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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 m
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
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.

For those of you wondering if I’m joking about the premise of this book, I am completely not. It’s es
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 so far, one of my best romance readings of 2019!

I cried my eyes out and exceeded my sighing record with 428 sighs! At least 200 times I hit my forehead for waiting too long to read this powerful, em
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monica kim
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
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
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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 b
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jessica
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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 fair
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☆ Todd
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, netgalley

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, gave me eno
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Chloe
Books With Friends June pick

This was romantic, heartbreaking, hilarious, powerful, hopeful and just SO ENJOYABLE!
megs_bookrack
Alex Claremont-Diaz, First Son of the United States, is making his way through college and busy plotting his own future career in politics.



He already has years of experience working on various campaigns and it is truly where he sees his life going. 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 politics and political strategy in books, so right off the bat, I'm all like...

Alex Claremont-Diaz, First Son of the United States, is making his way through college and busy plotting his own future career in politics.



He already has years of experience working on various campaigns and it is truly where he sees his life going. 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 politics and political strategy in books, so right off the bat, I'm all like...



It quickly becomes obvious that Alex still has some growing up to do. As he should, he's in his early-20s, y'all, give the boy a break! So he still parties a little too hard, hooks up with randoms who are then forced to sign ND agreements and feuds with foreign dignitaries.

#relatable



Alex's biggest rival, in his eyes, is Prince Henry. Henry is all sorts of swoony, totally exuding a Prince Charming vibe but Alex sees him as a bore and his #1 enemy. When an incident between Alex and Henry occurs at a royal wedding, the boys are forced to pretend to be friends in order to save face.



Alex would rather do pretty much anything else. Unfortunately, his wants are fairly inconsequential at this point, and so begins the relationship that will melt you; heart, body and soul.



If you are reading this, I am sure you already know what this book entails. It is getting so much hype right now and for good reason.

A mainstream title that is a humorous and steamy New Adult romance, featuring a male/male, enemies-to-lovers relationship? This is basically the book the world has been waiting for. And let's be honest, it's a book the world needs.



I personally was swept away from the very first pages. It is so fun. Pure fun on the page but also thoughtful in its presentation. I truly feel this is ground-breaking and we will all be talking about it for years to come.



McQuiston did such a great job of making this so contemporary and natural without in any way feeling forced. The dialogue was super believable and the storyline provided a lot of food for thought.



I have heard a few people mention that it is too optimistic??

To me, I didn't really think so. It is a happy story overall but our characters have struggles just like real people. Alex and Henry both grapple with their sexuality and what that means in terms of their lives, their family's responses, the world's response...they really struggled with that. There's no question, they had hard decisions to make, just like in real life.

As far as the overall outcome, I think we needed a book like this. (view spoiler)

I applaud Casey for writing this. I think this will mean a heck of a lot to a lot of people and McQuiston is definitely on my list of autobuy authors after this spectacular debut! Bravo!

Thank you so much to the publisher, St. Martin's Press, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I always appreciate the opportunity. I think this will be making a lot of reader's 'Best of 2019' lists!
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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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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 publicity stunt and then .. falls in love with him? it is what I have deserved all along

This book is genuinely F
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Reread update 11/11/19:
IM A MESS, PART 2


Original review 6/29/19:
IM A MESS
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
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✨ My favourite book of 2019 is FINALLY OUT ✨ YOU MUST MEET ALEX (ADHD & BISEXUAL ICON), HENRY (ULTIMATE CUPCAKE) AND THE GANG (THEY'RE EVERYTHING OKAY) IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY, NO EXCUSES ACCEPTED AND THAT IS ALL

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 disappoint.

"Sugar, I cannot expressdisappoint.
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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 things. A ...more
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
may ➹
Nora, at some point probably: what are you smiling at
Alex*, texting a Prince of England he thinks he hates but is actually in love with: porn

*dumb gay
♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
❥ 5 / 5 stars

“History, huh? Bet we could make some.” 🤔❤

OK, I would say that I didn’t expect this book to be so much fun at first but I really had a super great time reading this. It made me laugh. It made me smile. And also, it made me cry (but just a little because most of the story is hilarious! 😂). If you’re finding a lighthearted book to read, I truly believe that ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ is a good choice one for you.
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Warda
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.
Madison
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lola
It feels as though the whole book world is talking about this book right now, so naturally I needed to find out what was so special about it. The idea of a first son and a prince falling in love is something new for me but a story that feels like it should have existed already, especially considering how many of us are enticed by forbidden love stories and the high amount of straight royal romances that surround us.

So this book needed to be published and the reason why it is popular is because
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Casey McQuiston grew up in the swamps of Southern Louisiana, where she cultivated an love for biscuits and stories with big, beating hearts. She lives in the mountains of Northern Colorado, with a collection of jean jackets and her poodle mix, Pepper.
“Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that. History, huh? Bet we could make some.” 283 likes
“That's the choice. I love him, with all that, because of all that. On purpose. I love him on purpose.” 169 likes
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