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MY FAVORITE (AND ONLY) READ OF THE YEAR: Red, White, and Royal Blue

This isn’t a book blog for obvious reasons.

1) Being that I’m 1000% sure many book bloggers are passive aggressively smashing their keyboards at the fact that I’m only getting my hands on this book now. Ok, maybe they’re not going crazy about it, but you get the point. 2) I usually don’t read more than 10 books a year, and at least half of those are assigned by my school for me to read.

It feels odd to say that I barely read, especially when I have so many books LITERALLY right at my fingertips?? But I feel HONORED to have gotten my hands onto the book that I’ll be talking about today,

RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE.

I’m not really big into reading (don’t hate me for saying that oops) so when I’m in love with a book to the point of needing to write a post about it because I cannot talk about anything else, that’s when you know. So, join me today as I list all the reasons why you need to get your hands on this book!!!

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Red, White, and Royal Blue

Casey McQuiston • May 14, 2019

Rating: ★★★★

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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.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

P.S. This is a summary from Goodreads, I didn’t write it.

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Going into this book I did not have very high expectations, because like I said.. I’m not the best or most consistent reader. But after reading it, I can proudly say that I am going to be reading more books in general from now on.

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I did not make this.

I can’t really think of a way to write a coherent review that showcases the excellence and the characters of this book knowing there are so many people before me who have talked about this book and have written better reviews than me. But when I said I loved this book, I meant it: I LOVE IT. And so it would just be a disservice to me and you if I didn’t talk about it.

I am the First Son of the United States, and I’m bisexual. History will remember us. 

In the novel, the time period is set to right after Obama’s 2016 presidency, Ellen Claremont wins the election and becomes president. The novel follows the 2020 election as Ellen reruns for her second term.

I found this so interesting because it talked about the 2020 election, except in an alternate world. It was like an alternate world featuring a snarky, bisexual First Son that I want to meet but never will be able to.

ENEMIES TO LOVERS.

Their friendship was amazing, which just made their relationship 100 times better.

Yes, it was a slow burn, but at this point it was worth it.

Alex was able to be mean to Henry and tell him that he hated him, and then completely undermine himself by kissing Henry and saying that he loved him and it was just their normal. Or in their friendship, they were able to text each other randomly and respond 3 days later and it was just acceptable and.. their thing..?

To me, friendships like that are ELITE because you don’t have to talk everyday, but when you do you still have something to have a conversation about.

“You grow up thinking you’re straight. You like the gender that everyone says you’re supposed to, and so, you’re straight. You’re so sure you’re straight that you tell yourself all the time, yeah, that’s me, a straight person. Doing straight things. Definitely straight. No need to panic.”

THEIR EMAILS WERE… POETRY.

Reading their emails made me feel like I was invading their privacy or walking in on something that I wasn’t supposed to see. Each word held so much meaning and they spoke as if they were some a 2020 modern version of Shakespeare or of any good writer and poet.

But even though I felt like an invader, I felt so honored to be reading them. As if Prince Henry and FSOTUS Alex specifically chose me as a person to be able to read their super top secret emails.

JUNE AND NORA BEING ABSOLUTE GODDESSES.

June and Nora were just really good people, to the point that they were willing to do anything to help and support Henry and Alex’s relationship.. And I loved that about them. Like yes, they were constantly on the cover of People and probably Vogue, but they were girls of SUBSTANCE.

BEING WRITTEN IN.. SECOND PERSON.

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I did not make this.

This is the only thing I’ve found that I really dislike about the book, which is definitely not too bad considering how much all the positives overpowered the negatives.

You can correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that it’s written in the second person, and this made some parts of the book really confusing. 

Like Alex would be with Henry, and it would be in Alex’s point of view describing his emotions and then they’d switch over to Henry’s perspective, which confused me a bit because I wouldn’t realize that they weren’t talking about Alex anymore.

Maybe I just don’t pay attention to detail, but tell me what you think!!

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Basically, this was an entire post talking about how I loved this book and how I’m urgently encouraging you to get your hands on this book as soon as possible.

Hopefully you’ll love it if you do decide to read it, but if you’ve already read this book what did you think of it? Please tell me in the comments so we can scream and fangirl together over this book!!

Until next time…..

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10 thoughts on “MY FAVORITE (AND ONLY) READ OF THE YEAR: Red, White, and Royal Blue

    1. You don’t know how happy it makes me to hear you say such wonderful things!!! And I’m glad to know that I’ve convinced you to read this book even more, and so I really hope you enjoy it! 😊😊

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