Book Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The ultimate feel-good book. A perfect read for anyone who is just looking to have a good time.

Book CWs

  • Homophobia
  • Racism
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sex scenes

Premise

Alex Claremont-Diaz is the First Son of the United States under his presidential mother. He is handsome, smart, relatable, and though he despises Prince Henry of Wales, he never lets the public see this side of him.

Well, he had never let the public see that side of him until he got drunk and made a terribly embarrassing public display of himself at a royal wedding.

Desperate to turn this PR nightmare around, both the US and British governments form a truce between the two: from now on, they are to be best friends as publicly as possible.

But when these two rivals finally begin spending time together, they discover that maybe their deep hatred towards each other has always been something more. Something intimate.

Review (No Spoilers)

I don’t think words can really describe how much I loved this book. I had just finished reading “This is Where it Ends” (a book about a high school shooting) and was basically ruined emotionally. I picked up Red, White & Royal Blue in the hopes that it would make me happy again. And that’s exactly what it did.

This book is hilarious, super freaking cute, and the characters are so endearing that you want to just give them all giant bear hugs. I loved both MCs and almost all of the main side characters–which is pretty rare for me.

Since it is classified as “romance” I was expecting a bunch of hot and heavy sex scenes (and I don’t enjoy reading these) so I was very happy to discover that the sex scenes included aren’t actually very explicit. They’re written so that you can understand the intimacy felt without having to actually read every single detail.

Another thing that I appreciated was that the book never “played up” drama. Anytime there was a conflict occurring in the plot, it was resolved very quickly in a way that was extremely satisfying for me. It was like the book was specifically made to protect my heart from any emotional turmoil.

I think my absolute favorite thing about this book was that Alex’s family is a complete gem. It was so incredibly nice to see a book that seemed dedicated to giving an example of a healthy and supportive family. I have read so many books where the MC is (basically) emotionally abused by their siblings and/or parents and it’s so frustrating to have to experience this over and over again.

So yeah. That is. That’s the review. I have nothing bad to say about this book. I love it so so much. Everyone please read it.

7 thoughts on “Book Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

  1. I have been hearing really good things about it and your glittering review is a testament to the AWESOMENESS of this book! 😍😍 AND NOT TO MENTION THE COVER IS REALLY BEAUTIFUL TOO! 😍😍❤️❤️ i am looking forward to reading it and I AM SOO GOAD YOU LOVED IT, Jen! 😍❤️❤️❤️

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