Red, White & Royal Blue

Paperback, 418 pages

English language

Published June 7, 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin.

ISBN:
9781250316776

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4 stars (26 reviews)

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: …

2 editions

A bit hyped but alright

3 stars

Somehow I expected more from this book. The idea was quite cute but I was a bit disappointed by the inaccuracies when it came to the UK bit of the story. Almost until the end I did not understand who Henry actually was. Him being called "Prince of England" feels like such American ignorance—even if it is the typical thing he is being called in the US. Prince of Wales? Why? He is not heir apparent. Anyway, apart from those things, it was a rather cute book. Many things were obviously predictable–something one expects from romance novels I guess—so there was not a lot of surprise in the book. The long chapters sometimes felt a bit too much. At least it was easy to read.

Review of 'Red, White & Royal Blue' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This book's lineage is, at a guess, Hamilton/The West Wing/That brief liberal mania after the election of Obama. It is very much a fantasy of a different political system, one not captured by big money, where politicians may be ruthless or use means you don't approve of, but are serving in politics because of something they believe in. It is a fantasy of an America that could elect a divorced woman president.

On the other hand, if you can't have fantasies in your romance novels, where can you?

I didn't check this out for a long time because I find celebrities, politicians, and royalty, all vaguely squicky, and this book is written on the assumption that all of these are something you are at least a little into. However, the book doesn't rely on your kink for the aforementioned; it has a lot going for it. The book has a …

Review of 'Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel' on 'GoodReads'

2 stars

This book was written by someone who thinks alcoholism is a fun pastime and useful literary device to induce spontaneity, who has to insert a pop culture reference in every second sentence, and who seriously believes that politics is about having a the best binder with voter demographics. The politics of this book is the most smug post-political liberal brain worm bullshit I have read and the plot isn’t even that good to compensate, to the extent that it exists at all. If this is an escapist fantasy it’s an escape out of the frying pan and into the fire of bleak capitalist realism.

2 stars for cute Henry and good writing around Complicated International Relationships. I only cried once.

"Fanfiction-like" and I mean that in a good way

5 stars

You may not know this about me, but one of my favorite activities is to look on Ao3 for cursed fanfiction to show people. I often go to RPF, not because I have anything against it, but because real people already inspire revulsion, so if I can find, say erotic Ben Shapiro fic, I've hit "gold" so to speak.

I've read some Political Real Person Fic (usually the ones starring Margaret Thatcher, because as a USian, that inspires less revulsion than looking at a Reagan fanfic) and sometimes just prompts to see what people like writing about.

I would be VERY surprised if Casey McQuiston has not written Political-RPF, because this very much reads like a Politics RPF with fictional characters (OCs if you will).

It hits all the right notes, it's heartwarming, but, unlike what you may expect about a Royal Romance, it is very honest about how fucked …

Review of 'Red, White & Royal Blue' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I expected trashy romance but instead I fell in love with it

I’ve been reading queer fiction to make 2021 more bearable and was expecting to read a slightly trashy and brainless (but fun) romance novel; the premise is, essentially, the President’s son falls for his enemy, I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-Prince-Harry.

Instead, I was completely captivated by these two loveable young men and their friends and family. And I cried happy tears on more than one occasion (including through most of a whole chapter). I particularly enjoyed that there’s a few chunks of the book where the 2 men are emailing each other and signing off with quotes from queer people from history, all of which are simply heart-swelling.

McQuiston published some notes on Goodreads. And if you want your heart to swell at the eye-rollingly adorableness of it all, google Red, White and Royal Blue fanart. (Or, frankly, just visit …

Review of 'Red, White & Royal Blue' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

L’idée de départ de ce roman est plutôt sympathique : Alex, le fils de la Présidente des Etats-Unis (une sorte d’Hillary Clinton qui aurait été élue en 2016) tombe amoureux d’Henry, Prince de Galles et troisième dans l’ordre de succession à la Couronne d’Angleterre.

Alors évidemment, on ne va pas chercher du réalisme parfait dans cette histoire, mais c’est une romance gay bien écrite et plaisante à lire. Un divertissement bienvenu.

Review of 'Red, White & Royal Blue' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Full disclosure: if this book featured a hetero couple, I probably would've bailed because I'm not into romance as a genre, and the sex scenes don't leave much to the imagination. And yet... I not only finished this book, but I'm giving it four stars. Why? The premise is 100% fun: the hot son of the first woman president secretly falling in love with British royalty in the middle of an election year? Add to it that the Royal is a hot Prince, and the book is really about identity, expectations, norms and the complicated roles we're expected to play in our families and in the world. Even the side characters - though less developed - have interesting identities and plot-lines. I can't believe I'm typing this, but there were actually a few scenes where I got a bit misty-eyed rooting for love, acceptance – and a world in which …

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