Book review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Summary: 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?
My thoughts: I didn’t really care for this one. I mean, it’s cute, sweet and funny. The writing is filled with megatons of witty banter, a little too much for my liking. I wanted to love this book. I wanted to read a romcom and love a story about the son of the president (a female president! Finally!) and the Prince of Wales. I love romcoms and this book would make a great Netflix movie or series, but I had a hard time following it. The scenes didn’t have a seamless flow to them and the characters were just a bit too overdone. I think it was all the banter that made the characters seem less like real people and more like people who were trying too hard to be clever. I’m sure it’s just me. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood for the silliness of it. And I don’t think silly is a bad thing. I love a funny book. There is also a huge side order of politics here. Obviously. And that’s great. But…I’m over the politics right now.
I can’t even watch the news anymore. I’m thanking the baseball gods that my Phillies are doing well and I’ve got tons of books and a busy life. Because at this moment in time, I just don’t want to hear or read anything remotely political. Even some cute fiction with an awesome love story.
Thank you to St Martin’s Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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