Title: Red White and Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Publishing: May 14th 2019 by St. Martin’s Griffin- Adult Fiction/Romance
When his mother became President of the United States, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with an actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex/Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.
Heads of the family and state and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: Stage a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instagrammable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the presidential campaign and upend two nations. It raises the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to ben? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? , how will history remember you?
I am a sucker for books or movies about royalty, like those cheesy Hallmark movies they have every year at Christmas when some random girl meets up and falls in love with a guy who actually ends up being a Prince of some unheard country. Maybe it has something to do with growing up on being read fairy tales..who know.
So this could be one reason I picked up the book Red White and Royal Blue, but the other reason was that June is Pride Month and I wanted to spend some of my time reading stories with LGBTQ main characters, and also supporting gay writers, which as a non-binary bisexual Casey McQuiston is. Maybe it also had to do with EVERYONE on our Bookstagram feed absolutely raved about this book, and after finishing this book in record time, I must say they were right to be raving, it is an adorable story.
Red White and Royal Blue is the story of Alexander Gabriel Claremont-Diaz, the son of the President of The United States ( who happens to be a woman to boot! ) and Henry George Edward James Fox Mountchristen- Windsor ( that’s a mouth full ) a Prince of England. The two are rivals, they have known each other through political links and have never really gotten along, but after an unsightly accident that Alex has at the Royal Wedding of Henry’s brother they are forced together to play nice for the press. Pretending is not easy for these two, but they suddenly find themselves forging out a friendship through texting and emails, and soon their friendship turns into something neither of them could imagine.
Both of the characters are lovable. My love for Alex was instant, he is witty and funny, but I had to warm up to Henry, once I understood the reasoning of his behavior and actions, my love for his character became huge. He shows himself to be loyal and brave.
This is the author’s debut novel, and it is both impressive and fun. It is an adult fiction book, but I also see upper Young Adult readers enjoying it. It shows struggles that I felt were real between the two boys. The book made me laugh out loud, it at times made me gush and it definitely made me cheer for this unlikely pair