What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?
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 the 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? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.
He needs a list. So: Things he knows right now. One. He’s attracted to henry. Two. He wants to kiss Henry again. Three. He has maybe wanted to kiss Henry for a while. As in, probably this entire time.
My friends have not been able to shut up about this book since it came out, and my copy finally came in from the library so I can see what was up. Wow, my friends were right to shove this down the face of everyone who would listen. Now I’m joining in.
Red, White & Royal Blue is amazing!
Alex Claremont-Diaz is the first son of the president, and he is determined to become the youngest elected congressman in modern history. About to graduate college, he has his eyes on the goal. He also has a rival. Well, you could call it a rivalry I GUESS. I’ll just call it brilliance. The first time Alex met the Prince of Wales, Henry, it went poorly. Ever since then they “don’t get along.” And then Alex is at Henry’s brother’s wedding.. and destroys the cake while drunk.
What follows is the most glorious romance in history. I feel so inadequate reviewing this, because everything I try and say just comes out deficient. Two boys, one of whom is very gay, and the other who didn’t realize that maybe he might like boys. Even though he had a boyfriend in high school. Yeah. Their romance cannot be – their loyalties are divided and the realities of their situations just do not match. Enemies, to friends, to lovers. Every element just works, and they work together.
Henry is quiet. He keeps to himself and generally doesn’t try to cause a scene. When their families/PR teams propose that he and Alex become friends to cover up for the cake incident, it causes a major stir. And draws Henry out of the quiet shell he had been living in. He is smart, and he is kind. He likes helping people. And he is very, very gay.
The hardest thing to read, genuinely, was the politics. Not the fact that Henry’s family wants to keep him in the closet, even though Alex’s family backs him completely. No. The politics. Because it was so damn realistic. Most of, or the entirety of, the book takes place in 2020. At one point, I was reading emails between Henry and Alex that was dated two weeks ago and my mind momentarily broke. Between COVID-19 and the fact that I’d give anything for the politics in RW&RB instead of what we actually have, it was just a major mind melt. When it got to the election at the end of the book, I was panicky and a bit in shock. I didn’t realize I was that on edge about real life situations. The rest of the book more than made up for it though.
I was utterly giddy while reading this, from the very beginning until the very end. I wore myself out because I was so hyperhappy reading this. This is so cute and exactly what I needed to read in the moment, even with the politics. I loved everything. I need more romances where they discover themselves and find out what is important in their lives like this. And it is utterly adorable how these two talk about historical figures in the context of who they are in modern times. I just loved this book.