- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Griffin (14 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250316774
- ISBN-13: 978-1250316776
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3 x 20.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[An] exquisite debut... It's hard to watch [Alex] fall in love with Henry without falling in love a bit yourself -- with them, and with this brilliant, wonderful book." - The New York Times Book Review
"[A] fireworks in the sky, glitter in your hair joyous royal romance that you'll want to fall head over heels in love with again and again. A+" - Entertainment Weekly
"A rivalry between the son of a U.S. president and the Prince of Wales turns into a whirlwind romance in this charming story about true love." - Us Weekly
"[An] escapist masterpiece... It's a truly glorious thing to live inside the world of this book and to imagine it becoming reality, too." - Vogue
"The super specific love story you never knew you needed." - Cosmopolitan
"Effervescent and empowering on all levels, Red, White & Royal Blue is both a well-written love story and a celebration of identity. McQuiston may not be royal herself, but her novel reigns as must read rom-com." - NPR
"In between sweet and steamy love scenes, Red, White & Royal Blue allows readers to imagine a world where coming out involves no self-loathing; where fan fiction and activist Twitter do actual good; and a diverse, liberal White House wins elections. This Blue Wave fantasy could be the feel-good book of the summer." - Booklist, Starred Review
"The much-loved royal romance genre gets a fun and refreshing update in McQuiston's debut... The love affair between Alex and Henry is intense and romantic, made all the more so by the inclusion of their poetic emails that manage to be both funny and steamy. A clever, romantic, sexy love story." - Kirkus, Starred Review
"With a diverse cast of characters, quick-witted dialog, and a complicated relationship between to young people with the eyes of the world watching their every move, McQuiston's debut is an irresistible, hopeful, and sexy romantic comedy that considers real questions about personal and public responsibility." - Library Journal, Starred Review
"[An] outstanding debut... with quick wit and clever plotting. The drama, which involves political rivals, possible betrayals, and even a meeting with the queen, is both irresistible and delicious. Readers will be eager to see more from McQuiston." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Red, White & Royal Blue is funny and fun, and the family and political dynamics feel spot-on, but it's the frank and unforgettable romance between these two young men that will compel readers to start it all over again when faced with the last page. It's that hard to say goodbye to this couple." - BookPage, Top Pick
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"Let this heartwarmingly romantic tale--about the son of an American president falling in love with the prince of Wales--be a balm for your political and cultural cynicism." - Oprahmag.com
"It's the ideal summer read, one that melds the hilarious crass-mouthed sarcasm of HBO's VEEP with supremely steamy scenes." - Bustle
"It's moving, it's relevant, it's OH-SO romantic..." - Natasha is a Book Junkie
"Royal watchers, prepare yourselves, because this LGBTQ+ romance is destined to leave you swooning." - Pop Sugar
"Casey McQuiston dazzles with Red, White & Royal Blue. Passion characterizes every moment of this smart, mischievous, gratifying and sensitive novel." - Shelf Awareness
"This is romance at its purest, carrying the reader away on a warm, funny journey... a vision of humanity at its finest." - Dazed
"This is an enemies-to-lovers romance that will give you all the feels! You won't want to miss this one - it's been a favorite of mine this year." - She Reads
"Casey McQuiston reboots the royal romance with a joyful, clever, quick-witted and totally irresistible debut." - Vilma Iris
"I took this with me wherever I went and stole every second I had to read! Absorbing, hilarious, tender, sexy--this book had everything I crave. I'm jealous of all the readers out there who still get to experience Red, White & Royal Blue for the first time!" - Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners
"Red, White & Royal Blue is outrageously fun. It is romantic, sexy, witty, and thrilling. I loved every second." - Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six
"I tore through Red, White & Royal Blue as if it were a pint of Ben & Jerry's. By turns hilarious and angst-ridden, buoyant and strikingly real, this novel is a surefire bull's-eye for any devotee of classic romance, slow burn fanfiction, or heartfelt storytelling. A political love story too timely and too genuine to miss." - Lyndsay Faye, internationally bestselling author of Jane Steele and The Gods of Gotham
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How much did I love this book? So much that I ignored my children and husband for an entire weekend so that I could spend more time with Alex and Henry.
Alex is the son of the US' first female president, and as young, attractive, and political savvy as he is, he attracts a lot of media attention. When he causes an international incident at the Royal Wedding, measures are put in place to ensure that Alex and Henry, 3rd in line to the British throne, are seen to be friends, rather than the antagonists they are.
As their friendship develops, Alex slowly realises that maybe he wants more. To get it, he'll need to get past his own beliefs about his sexuality, the eyes of the world's media, and centuries of tradition on both sides of the Atlantic.
I absolutely adored the slow burn romance between them, as well as the well developed supporting characters and the over arching political themes. If only the real 2016 election had gone the way this fictional one did.
Despite all this, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's fast-paced and funny, and the dialogue is snappy. I found myself rooting for Alex and Henry. I also loved that there was no fudging on the sexual aspect of the central relationship. US YA can be so prudish at times, especially when it comes to LGBTQIA+ stories, so this story made a refreshing change.
Not highbrow literature, but if you embrace the cheese you'll have a great time.
Anyway, I definitely recommend if you want a fun, easy read with likeable characters!