What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?
When his mother became President, 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 the 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 family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable 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 campaign and upend two nations and begs 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 be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?
Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.
I know, I know, I’m a little late to the party on this one. I’ve been seeing it everywhere! The cover definitely caught my attention, it’s pink and happy and who wouldn’t want to pick that book up? After reading the blurb I was immediately intrigued… what happens when the First Son of the United States falls for the Prince of Wales? While a far-fetched premise it drew me in and I had to know what happens!
This book is filled with a little bit of everything and I think that’s why it’s appealed to so many people so quickly. It’s got romance, it’s got humour, it’s got moments that break your heart and moments that put it back together. It’s even got a little bit of mystery towards the end. The characters were likeable, endearing and you couldn’t help but root for them. I’ve seen some say that the characters were juvenile, and while I agree I think that fits the age and issues that the main characters are facing. They are figuring out who they are and doing it in a very public manor. Casey McQuiston reflected how awkward and confusing that time could be perfectly.
My only real criticism of this one is that there were moments that didn’t feel complete. Oddly enough a lot of that seemed to stem from the secondary characters. It made the story feel a little choppy at times. I think with either some additions or certain scenes removed it could have made for a more seamless read.
I didn’t want to put this book down. It kept me hooked to the very end. Wanting to know what happens to the two main characters and on top of that, how their decisions could impact the lives of those who surround them. I look forward to reading more of Casey McQuiston’s work in the future.