Red, White & Royal Blue

Red, White & Royal Blue

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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 an 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: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?
Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Griffin, 2019
ISBN: 9781250316776
1250316774
Branch Call Number: McQuiston, C
McQuiston, C
MCQUISTO C
MCQUISTO C
Characteristics: 421 pages ; 21 cm
Uniform Title: Red, white and royal blue

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Alex Claremont-Diaz is the son of the President of the United States. Prince Henry is British royalty... and Alex's #1 foe. When an incident at the royal wedding creates a stir, Alex and Henry are forced into a fake friendship for good PR. Will this end in disaster, or will they discover an even ... Read More »


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FPL_Jenni Apr 17, 2021

Red, White, & Royal Blue is an excellent novel that, although incredibly fun to read, also portrays timely topics like inclusivity and LGBTQ+ in a relatable and respectable manner. McQuiston is amazing at portraying complex emotions, such as anger and longing, and it shines through in the characters within the novel. The story focuses on Alex and Henry’s relationship, but the rest of the characters feel rich and complex. Although Alex, Henry, and the rest of the gang are under scrutiny all the time because they are actually famous, readers can still understand the pressures of wanting to fit in and not be different. All in all, a fun and relatable read that shines light to the complexities of accepting oneself, as well as letting others see one’s true self. Red, White, & Royal Blue is more than deserving of its praise and popularity.

LoganLib_Sheridan Apr 15, 2021

I love this book! The premise of this book is amazing and is basically the fake dating trope (which is done beautifully by the way).

I loved the thought put into the realities of an international relationship on this scale. I know there would probably be even more actual complexities but it just appealed to my overly logical mind that these things had been considered.

I loved the relationships between the characters, particularly the sibling relationships. I felt like it had just the right amount of 'you're mine to bully and heaven help anyone else who tries to hurt you'. How Ellen handled being their mother AND president was also sometimes hilarious and always important. Family was very important in this book.

I thought the characterization was well done. Alex's chaotic impulsiveness (a reflection of Casey's ADHD?) was a contrast to Henry's calm thoughtfulness. Somehow they worked together. I think Henry calms Alex down and Alex helps Henry to let loose a little.

There were subtle hints of a thruple relationship between June, Nora and Pez to add interest. Obviously as Alex's sister we got to understand June's goals and personality a bit more. We got to hear about Bea's backstory and how it contrasted with Henry's experience.

The 'enemies to lovers' and fake dating tropes were just so beautifully combined in this book. I love watching characters get to know one another and learn that the other character might be more complex than they think.

Side note: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall also does this trope just as beautifully.

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zmayosh
Apr 02, 2021

This book is a great book, very well written. it started off pretty strong i found a lot of difficulty liking everything at the end. It is longer than it should be. other than that it is funny, and very well written.

JCLHeatherMi Mar 31, 2021

I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book! I thought it could not possibly live up to the hype. I was wrong. It surpassed the hype and is now one of my favorite books. I had a little trouble getting into the first chapter, part of which was due to the third person present tense, and part of which was jumping right in without building up backstory. I switched to the audiobook, which was excellent.
I’m so glad I stuck with it because this book had plenty of humor, extraordinary character building and growth, strong themes of family, friendship, and love, as well as some very sweet and, yes, sexy scenes. I expected it to end where most books do, when the characters get together and declare their love, but this book extended past that to the work that needed to be done before the happily ever after. I’m wishing for a sequel but will happily read whatever McQuiston has to offer next.

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cmchale100
Mar 28, 2021

Mixed reviews but supposedly funny and sweet. Worth reading.

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SarahZaepfel
Mar 15, 2021

Would have enjoyed more if there was less sex. Just saying.

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

This book. Oh man this book was flawless. It was laugh out loud funny, sweet, sassy, hopeful, gorgeous, uplifting and everything I could have wanted.

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ChrisuL
Mar 11, 2021

Loved the premise. I really wanted to love this book. I really didn’t. Wouldn’t dream of telling people not to read it, it’s clearly well liked by others. It tries to be edgy and “with it”, and for some it might just achieve that. For me, it was cloying. Everyone is funny and smart and quick witted enough to write for tv and beautiful and important and wealthy etc. My favorite part was being finished.

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wingertdj
Mar 05, 2021

“Red, White and Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston is a great story. The only thing I have a problem with is the dust jacket question ”What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?” The title Prince of Wales is traditionally and ceremonially granted to the heir apparent of the British throne, which this prince is not. Besides that, I really enjoyed the story of Alex, son of the first female US president, his family, and the evolution of his forced friendship to British prince Henry from loathing to love. This is a deeply sweet story of the power of love. I highly recommend it. In case you are concerned, there are passionate, but non-graphic sex scenes.

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rpakrasi
Feb 20, 2021

Red, White, and Royal blue is a lighthearted romance set in present day. Alex's mother is president of the U.S., and Henry is Prince of England. Their rocky relationship takes an unexpected turn after their friendship is staged for the press.
I enjoyed the novel and would definitely read it again. It was a page turner that never had a dull moment or fell flat. It combined politics with young romance well.

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zoha_xo
Apr 07, 2021

History, huh?

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MustInvolveEggs
Sep 11, 2019

As your mother, I can appreciate that maybe this isn't your fault, but as the president, all I want is to have the CIA fake your death and ride the dead-kid sympathy into a second term.

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MustInvolveEggs
Sep 11, 2019

Straight people, he thinks, probably don't spend this much time convincing themselves they're straight.

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