Red, White & Royal Blue is a new adult novel that gives you everything one might love:
✔ hate turning to love in the purest possible way
✔ a royal descendant and son of the president falling in love
✔ dating away from everyone’s eyes
✔ sexual diversity
✔ individuality exploration
✔ personal and relationship growth through every page
✔ a squad to join
✔ fun banter
“That’s the choice. I love him, with all that, because of all that. On purpose. I love him on purpose.”
This is one of those books that I loved so much, I have no idea what to say other than pick it up, already! The number of highlights I have is shocking to me because I’m not one to highlight every other paragraph and every other line but you know what they say: love makes you do new things, and my love for this book has made me color code this book so frequently because one line makes me gush, one makes me laugh, one makes me cry, one makes me feel the need to be in this book
for that’s a way to be in the squad.
In a gist, the Prince of England and the First Son of the United States hate each other but soon turn into fake best friends and then into the most perfect one true pairing that every reader is ready to ship like it’s the last stage of global warming and we need to sail. What starts with a wedding cake being destroyed at a palace paves way for the most historic, aspirational end. Of course, no spoilers but you really really really would love the end.
For one, I’m not a sucker for a plot that focuses too much on a love story but you bet I was fangirling every time these love birds were developing their animosity-turned-love. Whether it was the late
long distance fucking up the timezones phone calls, the lengthy emails they exchanged, the shy meet-ups, or the sex scenes, I loved every bit of it.
I thought, this is the most incredible thing I have ever seen, and I had better keep it a safe distance away from me. I thought, if someone like that ever loved me, it would set me on fire.
Another amazing aspect is the sexual representation and I’m not one to say much about it because I don’t belong to the community but as a reader, I absolutely appreciate the raw and authentic visualisation of the LGBTQ+. While Henry is confident in his sexuality as a gay and has discovered this identity, Alex ponders over and goes through a series of thoughts before finding his own.
“So,” Alex says […] “I guess I should tell you, I’m bisexual.”
“Good to know,” Henry says. […] “I am very, very gay.”
Any book with loads of humour makes it to my favourites list quickly, and Red, White & Royal Blue gave me everything from a chuckle to a hearty laugh. Awkward scenes, sibling teasing, sarcastic comments, savagery, narration voice and tone–everything is funny. Trust me on that!
“Oh my God, Alex,” she says, lunging at him to yank him into a rough hug, “you made a friend!”
“I have friends! Get off me!”
“You made a friend!” She is literally giving him a noogie. “I’m so proud of you!”
“I’m gonna murder you, stop.”
Last but not least, the characters! If you thought the main characters are unforgettable, you haven’t heard of the others ↴
✦ Alex: First Son, bisexual, brown (white+Latinx), has undiagnosed ADHD, epitome of self-confidence, has a great sense of humor.
✦ Henry: Prince of England, very very gay, precious person ever, slays with his fashion sense.
✦ Nora: That best friend, bisexual, data & computer nerd, funnier than Alex (I want to be her.)
✦ June: First Daughter, supportive sister, and friend; intimidating but in the best possible interest and way.
✦ Bea: Henry’s sister, was a cocaine addict but is now clean, will save you but can also kill you.
✦ Pez: Henry’s best friend, slays with a fashion sense that doesn’t abide by gender roles, straight af, flirts but you know you want him to flirt with you.
Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this via Netgalley but that, in no way, affects my rating and/or opinions about it. Thank you, St. Martins Griffin and Casey McQuiston! This post may contain affiliate links.