How does one begin with such a wonderful book? I always think it’s ironic how words fail me when I need to convey how amazing a book was. I wish I had Henry’s gift with words.
Title: Red, White and Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Summary: 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. (Goodreads)
Rating: FIVE FANTASTIC STARS
You mean to tell me this is a debut novel? Now, McQuiston’s writing style is a gift. How did she manage to flawlessly paint all of the characters even down to Liam who was present in the book for 10 seconds? The enemies-to-lovers trope was impeccable and did not feel rushed. Every word, every sentence, every page was perfect. I was alternatively laughing, cringing, crying and swooning.
I loved how everything was well detailed and believable. I loved how the book was mingled with politics, history, royalty and the media. I loved the setting of the book. It was wonderful because the details were perfect. They were always spot on and perfect. The focus on Texas and how it all wrapped-up perfectly in the end made me cry.
The romance was absolutely incredible. I can only hope for that kind of love. It felt real, honest and pure. When there is so much at stake it is easy to lose one’s personality but the characters loved deeply.
My favorite part where their emails. They were witty, funny and sweet. The letters that were attached always hit true. I adored them; I loved how they had double meanings and gave us a glimpse into the character’s love. Ironically their emails where their own their modern love letters. I cannot imagine the research that went into this. And who knew there are so many queer historic love letters out there? It’s so sad how history erases love when it deals with people of the same sex.
“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 & Royal Blue
Henry George Edward James Fox-Mountchristen-Windsor is precious. I felt each of his emotions deeply. He is caring, selfless and oh, so loving. I loved how he learned to love himself, how he showed Alex all his favourite places and how he is both shy and bold. How I wish he were real…
Alex Claremont- Diaz’s sarcasm is the very essence of this book. If I had a drink every time he said “f**ck” I would have been drunk for the entirety of this book. He was just so funny. The banter in this novel was phenomenal. Alex’s interaction with everyone were so funny. His sexual awakening or rather understanding was beautiful and I loved how he came to terms with who he was. Someone’s sexuality does not change the person they are and this book managed to show that exactly.
Every character had depths, layers and had a full and well-developed personality. Hell they even seemed real.
The fantastic six are what dreams are made of. Every character was so important; I loved Beatrice’s sassiness, Nora’s irony, Pez’ confidence and June’s love. I’m a sucker for a good group of friends in books and they were just fantastic!
Red, White and Royal Blue is a very important book; it’s sad but we are not at a point where LGBTQ relationships are normalized and seen as okay. Love is love is love is love. Do yourself a favor and read this wonderfully-crafted, funny and brilliant book. It is worth all the hype it gets and it even deserves more. I understand why it won Goodreads’s 2019 Best Romance and also Best Debut novel. It was fantastic I am definitely going to read it again.