Book Review: Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

A review copy of this book was provided by St Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.

There’s already so much buzz about this book – it’s been optioned for a movie over at Amazon and it’s rocking a 4.5 star average rating at the time of writing this review. I’ll be honest – when I started this book, I was a pretty concerned about whether this would have a fanfiction feel to it. The one sentence summary sounds like something straight out of a fanficiton: the First Son of the United States falls in love with the Prince of Wales. While the concept is a little cliche, this book brings a surprising depth and dignity to the plot and really explores the ideas of identity, large scale politics, and what it means to love someone while the whole world is watching. It took me by surprise and is easily one of my favorite books of this year (and possibly one of my favorite romances of all time).

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry 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 millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

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