Red, White & Royal Blue
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...more
The main protagonists are around the age of 23, give or take a year or two!(less)
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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 ...more
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 together ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.”
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
He already has years of experience working on various campaigns and politics 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 political strategy in books, so right off the bat, I'm like...
It quickly becomes obvious that Alex still has ...more
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 ...more
“History, huh? Bet we could make some.”
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE IS GOING ON MY 2019 FAVORITES SHELF, IT IS OFFICIAL.
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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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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. ...more
Alex*, texting a Prince of England he thinks he hates but is actually in love with: porn