~~Hooray, with this book I’ve reached my 2019 Reading Challenge of 65 books! Now let’s see if I can make it to 70…~~
Now, at this point, I’m pretty certain many of you have already read Red, White & Royal Blue or at least know what it’s about. Due to this, I’m not going to bore you with a summary. All you really need to know is that it’s a super adorable, beautiful, hilarious and rather dramatic love story between a fictional Prince of England and a First Son of America. Of course, I am still keeping this review spoiler free!
Let me just get this out of the way: I have never been someone who has much interest at all in the royal family and I have, for the most part, felt appalled and ashamed of recent American Presidents (obviously excluding Obama) and also of the Prime Ministers in my home country (Australia) and the UK, where I currently live. Because of all that, I was a little bit unsure of how I would take to contexts of the book. All that being said, I actually found the political and royal backdrop of this book really fascinating. I’m really quite awed by Casey McQuiston’s insights into life as a member of the royal family and life within the walls of The White House. I sometimes actually forgot that Alex and Henry are not real people and that made me truly wish they were and also that President Claremont, Alex’s Mum, really was running America right now.
Another thing to get out of the way: I don’t read romances for the sex scenes. I might be in the minority with this, but I personally end up feeling disconnected from the story, the romance and the characters when I read graphic sex scenes. Now, I have read much worse and much smuttier scenes in my life before this book. The scenes in this book were actually really tasteful and I didn’t mind them as what they added to the story was important. They’re simply just not something I’ll ever gush about because they’re not my thing.
Moving on, now.
The thing I loved most about Red, White & Royal Blue was one hundred percent the characters! I thought both Alex and Henry were incredible and there is just so much I could say about both of them. Alex’s biracial background and life as the First Son was so interesting and I loved how whip-smart, witty, sassy and honest he was as a character as he came to terms with who he was and who he wanted to be. Henry was such a nerd and I absolutely loved that about him. He was certainly charming, but also wonderfully down-to-earth and not at all how he first seemed. I also loved how his struggles with being the Prince of England were dealt with throughout the book. Both characters were simply masterpieces in their strengths, vulnerabilities and utter adorableness. Of course, of course, I absolutely loved them together, as well. There were so many times in this book I literally couldn’t wipe the smile off my face and it was all down to these two.
Their families and best friends are also incredible parts of the story. I adored Alex’s sister June and their best friend, Nora. They were both such strong female characters. Actually, there were a number of perfect female characters in this book, which I really loved. Henry’s sister Bea, Alex’s Mum/President Claremont, and her right had, Zahra all deserve big shout outs, too. I can’t possibly list all the other characters but just know they were honestly all great and really played their important parts in the story.
After reading Red, White & Royal Blue, I am pleased to say that I finally know what all the fuss was about! As romantic comedies go, I can’t say I’ve read a more perfect one in recent years. This book has a wonderful balance of hilarious and adorableness, as well as that important touch of angst. There were many romantic gestures that made my heart stop. And the writing was at times so beautiful it made me melt. In all, everything I could ask for in a book. More please, Casey McQuiston.
Have you read this book? I would love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for reading,
Jasmine @ Thesepaperwords