Sunday, March 17, 2019

#ARCReview: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: May 14th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends...

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?
I kept on seeing this book everywhere, but wasn't sure if I wanted to read it. A friend (not a book blogger) mentioned it to me, so I decided to look into it and saw how it was getting such great reviews. I also want to point out this is book is definitely NOT YA. This book is techincally New Adult, but I would argue you could even just say that it's an adult contemporary romance. Which is totally fine, I just want to point it out because the protagonists are just out of college (or about to graduate) and there are a lot of steamy scenes in this book. So a teen reader may or may not be ready to read books that have definitive adult content.

I love a good hate to love romance, so I was one hundred percent here for Alex and Henry's relationship. I loved that they start to communicate via texts and emails. They are both such sarcastic jerks, they are my people! Their strained friendship that later turns into something more was such a treat to read. Seriously, they were the cutest.

I really love that this book also had great diversity in it, from both diverse in terms of race (Alex and June are biracial) and in having representation of sexuality. I was impressed that there was not only one bisexual character, but two! I thought that was awesome. The book really gets int the Latinx rep a lot with Alex and his dad, and even his friendship with Rafael Luna.

I loved the cast of characters in this book, and the relationships between Alex, Nora and June felt so genuine to me. I also really loved Alex and June's Dad a lot, and how he really cared for his kids. I'm not sure what to make of their mom. It's clear she really loves and cares for them, but also the pressure of being The President takes a huge toll on her and her ability to truly be "there" for them. I liked that their parents weren't together anymore, mostly because I felt like it's the case for a lot of people so it made them them seen more relatable.

I think that only thing that I didn't totally love about this book was the election stuff. Like, look, I know I should care about politics, and I'm not saying don't vote, definitely vote, I just didn't really care about the campaign stuff. I felt really bored with those parts, and I know I shouldn't have been since it was an important part to this story. I think that was just a personal issue for me, so I don't think it's a deal breaker.

*I received an egalley from the publisher via Netgalley.

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