Book Review: Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Alex Clarmont-Diaz is the First Son of the United States and he knows one thing for sure: he hates the Henry, the Prince of England. However, after a disastrous accident at the Royal wedding, he and Henry have to fake a friendship for the sake of international relations. Close proximity and near constant texting leads Alex to come around to the fact that Henry isn’t all bad… until his entire world is turned upside down after Henry kisses him on New Year’s Eve.

Now, while his mother is busying campaigning to be reelected to the White House, Alex finds himself rushing headlong into the most important relationship of his life. He and Henry have a lot to juggle with, neither being in a position to come out and not able to keep the other a total secret. When things spiral out of control, they have to ask themselves the most important question of all: is this relationship worth everything?

I loved this book. Both the character were immensely likable. It was set up as enemies to lovers, with Alex absolutely despising Henry in the beginning, and I loved his realization that his obsession wasn’t hate but attraction. I liked how ambitious he was and how he worked hard on his mothers campaign and at school.

I also really liked Henry. There was something so tragic about him. He was lonely and isolated and clearly in love with Henry but trying to hide it. He wanted to do what was best for his country, but he wanted to be true to himself as well. He was in a terrible situation and dealt with his beautiful.

I have to say that this was probably one of the most romantic books I’ve ever read. Some of the events in this were so romantic, I melted into a pile of mush. And I’m not a romantic person. But there are certain things that are guaranteed to melt my heart, and one of those things was prominent in this novel. The way the boys talk and write to each other, the thought they give to their words, the softness… it wasn’t just sweet, it was romance in it’s finest form.

I got this book from NetGalley and I cannot wait for it to come out on May 14 so I can purchase it. The characters are a delight, the plot is strong, and it’s one of the most genuinely romantic romances I’ve read.

Five out of Five stars.