Title: Read, white and Royal blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Publisher: St. Martin Griffin
My rating: 3.5/5
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About Red, white and royal blue
What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales? When his mother became the President of the United States, everyone was seeiing Alex Claremon-Diaz as the American equivalent of a young royal. His image is pure millenial-marketing gold for the white house. There is only one big problem: Alex has a beef with the English Prince Henry. And when they became a headline because of their fight, it was was time for a change. They had to hang out and pretend that they liked each other for one weekend. But after that weekend they start texting and calling each other.
What at first begins as a fake, instagramable friendship grows deeper. On new Year’s eve Henry kisses Alex. And since that moment they are trying to hide their relationship. Because this relationship can have a lot of consequences. 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.
I was already reading another book by Robyn Carr, but last weekend I was in a different kind of mood and I wanted to read something else. The last couple of months I see Red, White and Royal Blue everywhere on Bookstagram and it made me curious. Is it going to be a book that is way overrated or does it deserve all the attention?
At first, I expected a Young adult book, but honestly, this is definitely not a young adult book. This is more a New adult book. Because the relationship between Alex and Henry is very detailed if you know what I mean. I didn’t expect this. It is okay, I am old enough to read this but still. I was really expecting a Young Adult romance.
And I have a confession to make. This is only the first book I’ve ever read about two guys falling in love. I’ve seen the movie Love, Simon but I’ve never read the book. But I think it is great to read books like this. It opens your mind. And love doesn’t only exist between a man and a woman. I really liked this book and I was really hoping that everything would be okay at the end. Henry comes from a royal family and it is harder to come out as gay because he is a famous public figure. He is a prince and everyone is expecting him to marry a nice girl.
But unfortunately, I also have to be honest. This book was hard to read sometimes. But that is probably because I don’t politics and I have no idea what American politics is like. All I know is that I find politics pretty boring, so there were a few pages I just wanted to skip. I know it was necessary for the whole story but it is not just my cup of tea.
I also noticed one other thing: the names. Maybe it is a coincidence or not. But Henry reminded of Prince Harry, there is a real king Philip in Belgium and Bea reminds of princess Beatrix from the Netherlands.
Honestly, I am secretly hoping that Netflix will hear about this book. I want a movie about this book!! Which is weird because I didn’t like the political stuff but if they focus more on their love story and less on politics, I think it could be a great movie. I am giving this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars because I loved the love story but I didn’t like the politics stuff.