Book Review: Red, White & Royal Blue

Someone else’s choice doesn’t change who you are.

~ Casey McQuiston

Synopsis

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince in the USA. 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 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.

As President Claremont kicks off her re-election bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations.

How do you decide what you will sacrifice for love? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

Review

Red, White & Royal Blue was a nice Hallmark read, but very cheesy. It felt like a teenager had written it, as the writing was very immature and unworldly. The concept was there but it didn’t quite deliver.

Many aspects of the UK side of things were incorrect or misleading… as for the US side – I know very little about their politics, but I think that could have been edited down slightly, so that it focused more on Alex and Henry’s story.

It was quite odd how the author had parodied the royal family… but almost too closely. It would have been much better to have completely fabricated them, rather than a slight alteration here and there. I also feel that the author was trying to cover too many themes within a fairly short book!

It’s also a shame it was partly set in 2020… this isn’t the authors fault and I’m assuming this was to tie into the US election but it felt strange that people were travelling between countries and attending events that were actually cancelled.

However, if they make this into a Netflix film (like A Christmas Prince), I would 100% watch (and love) it!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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