Red, White and Royal Blue – Book Review
- Romance, LGBTQ, Young Adult
- 421 pages
- Goodreads rating: 4.21
Alex is the son of the first female president of the United States. HRH Prince Henry has been his nemesis ever since he was rude to him at an event and dismissed him. When Alex gets drunk at a royal wedding and accidentally pushes Henry into the wedding cake, they are forced to spend time together and convince the press that it was all one big misunderstanding. After Alex has spent some time together, he discovers that Henry isn’t as shallow and boring as he thought he was and he certainly isn’t a prick. When Henry gets a little drunk at Alex’s NYE party, he kisses him out of the blue. It was a first time for Alex, but the question is: why did he like it so much?
“The next slide is titled: ‘Exploring your sexuality: Healthy, but does it have to be with the Prince of England?’ She apologizes for not having time to come up with better titles. Alex actively wishes for the sweet release of death.”Casey McQuiston, Red, White and Royal Blue
This is probably one of the easiest reviews I’ve written so far. I absolutely LOVED reading this book. I loved everything about it; the characters, the plot, the feminist and LGBT touch, the writing, the romance, everything!
First of all, McQuiston’s writing is amazing. The dialogue is so incredibly smooth and funny and she kept the lightheartedness all throughout the book. The chapters were quite long, but McQuiston alternated between dialogue, e-mails and texts, which kept the pace of the story rather high. The inside jokes between Henry and Alex were hilarious and the writing just felt rather effortless, which made it very pleasant to read.
Red, White and Royal Blue is probably one of the most romantic books I have ever read. Now I’ve only recently been getting into romance novels, but still. It’s a little spicy at times, but in a very romantic way. I thought maybe the sex scenes would make me a little uncomfortable, but they really didn’t. Henry’s and Alex’s relationship was absolutely perfect. They are so gentle with each other and give each other space, even though they miss each other like crazy. The e-mails and texts back and forth made my heart melt. Their relationship is definitely swoon-worthy.
“Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that. History, huh? Bet we could make some.”Casey McQuiston, Red, White and Royal Blue
McQuiston painted a wonderful picture in this book of a world where the most powerful country on earth is ruled by a woman and princes can be gay and have a gay marriage and still be respected and even adored. It is the perfect feminist and LGBTQ propaganda. Well done, McQuiston. Keep on writing that gay romance with a feminist touch to make the world a better place! We should all take a page out of your book (pun intended).