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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
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disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for review consideration. All of the opinions presented below are my own. All quotes have been taken from the advanced copy and are subject to change upon publication.

I put this on my TBR when I saw it on Reads Rainbow’s Enemies to Lovers rec list (PS pls follow their blog, Charlotte and Anna share some wonderful stuff and are always beefing up my to-read list!). I was #BLESSED with a review copy from Netgalley and have spent the last week and a half getting my heart destroyed by this book.

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

RW&RB is a skillful combination of both the “enemies to lovers” and “fake relationship” tropes, although the fake relationship is a fake friendship rather than fake dating. The main character, Alex, is a bisexual biracial angel who falls in love with the (extremely gay) Prince Henry of Wales after plenty of angst and a lot of drama. I will admit it’s a little instalove-y, if that’s something that bothers you. Luckily it’s not something I mind and I found their relationship so, so precious!

[...] Henry, who knows him. Henry who’s seen him in glasses and tolerates him at his most annoying and still kissed him like he wanted him, singularly, not the idea of him.

The side characters are equally wonderful and McQuiston does an incredible job of fleshing them out. The two we see the most are Alex’s older sister June and his best-friend-sort-of-ex Nora who is openly queer, although I don’t think she uses any particular label on-page. There are several other queer side characters, including a trans woman and a pansexual character. I love that this book kind of demonstrates how we gays tend to stick together, since I’d say a good 95% of my friends have identified as lgbtqia.

He rolls onto his side and listens, trails the back of his hand across the pillow next to him and imagines Henry lying opposite in his own bed, two parentheses enclosing 3,700 miles.

Besides containing a truly unbelievably cute romance, this book explores discovering your sexuality, politics, and mental health. Alex and Henry have very different feelings about their lives in the public eye, and the expectations set upon them as the children of leaders conflict with what they’d prefer to do with themselves. Henry also deals with depression, which is touched on but isn’t the focus of the story.

“Ugh! Men!” she groans. “No emotional vocabulary. I can’t believe our ancestors survived centuries of wars and plagues and genocide just to wind up with your sorry ass.”

Overall, I just loved this book more than I can even convey. I cried several times reading it and am positive I’ll return to it in the future. It’s fluffy, it’s steamy, it’s political, and it is quite honestly PERFECT. Casey McQuiston is heading straight to my insta-read author list.
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Reading Progress

February 4, 2019 – Shelved
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
May 2, 2019 – Started Reading
May 3, 2019 –
May 3, 2019 –
20.0% "Mm,,,, fluff"
May 4, 2019 –
May 7, 2019 –
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May 10, 2019 –
May 11, 2019 –
66.0% "This book is gonna make me cry in public!!!!"
May 13, 2019 –
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: arcs
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: favorites
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: fluffy
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: i-definitely-cried
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: i-need-to-buy-a-copy-of-this
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: lgbtqiap
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: mc-bisexual
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: mc-isnt-white
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: mental-health
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: new-adult
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: page-turner
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: romance
May 14, 2019 – Finished Reading
June 11, 2020 – Shelved as: lgbt-gay-men

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Naty Aaaaaaahh I must read this! Great review!

Sarah Ames-Foley Thank you!!!! I hope you love it Naty, I can’t wait to reread it tbh

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