Red, White & Royal Blue

Red, White & Royal Blue

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When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius--his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with an actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instagrammable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: 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? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?
Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Griffin, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250316776
1250316774
Branch Call Number: FIC MCQUIST
Characteristics: 421 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Red, white and royal blue

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When his mother became President, Alex was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with an actual prince, Henry. What at first begins as a fake, Instagrammable friendship soon grows deeper.

Romance

WINNER: Best Romance Novel of 2019, as determined by Sno-Isle Customers

This romance is not only smart and funny, with emails to rival the love letters found in Jane Austen’s oeuvre--it’s about politics and LGBT rights and what it means to be an American.

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SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Oct 09, 2019

This book was the cooling balm I needed now that Veep is done and I'm struggling to ignore American politics. It's a sugary confection of a romance, and it offers the hope that our government will rise out of its current state. It has many of the romantic tropes readers love - enemies to lovers, ... Read More »


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jrhart
Oct 29, 2020

The description of this book seems simple enough: it makes one expect a lighthearted enemies to lovers story, one with a good slow burn. But the reality is that it's more than that. At it's most basic, stripped-down level, sure, it's a cheesy romance and a modern day fairy tale with two members of royalty in their own right. Beyond that, it's so much more. These are two people who expose parts of themselves to the world, the polished and clean parts, and when they cannot do that, are forced to be open with each other to protect the identities they've so carefully built. Not only that, the secondary characters are deep and worth rooting for too.

In a reality where a woman won the presidency, where things didn't get as dark as they have in the universe we live in, this story hits all the right spots and provides a sense of escape, but beyond that, it shows delightful bisexual representation, shares what a good ally looks like, and contrasts supportive families with unsupportive families, not glossing over the things that are hard and hurtful. Giving up what you love for a sense of duty, and giving up a sense of duty for love, and struggling to justify if the two are able to exist in the same place is a big part of what this story is about. And that's what makes it beyond beautiful.

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esrobbins
Sep 07, 2020

Witty, fast moving conversations and the portrayal of an America that is more hopeful and open minded is the heart of this novel and made it an enjoyable read. I hope we too find that America is a place of hope and promise this November and not a country that solely functions from a place of fear and hate.

JCLEmilyD Jun 30, 2020

SO freaking cute is this queer romance between the son of the POTUS and the Prince of England. I know, I wish it was real too.

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dishongnb
Jun 23, 2020

this should be a movie!! such a good plot, i loved it!!!!

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lenoragoessling
Jun 21, 2020

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Red_Chair_Reading
Jun 01, 2020

Fantastic book! I saw it everywhere and I'm so happy I finally got a chance to read it! I don't often give a five star rating to many books, but this one is definitely deserving! It was a great story with very compelling, fully realized characters. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

This was just way too sickeningly cute. Sometimes I wonder at my own ability to fully immerse myself in these books, because I do often think I'm somewhat dead inside, but with this one, I found myself laughing out loud at numerous points, and despite the *spoiler * happily ever after ending, *spoiler* I did really enjoy the time I spent listening to it.

Alex is the First Son of the American President. Henry is the Prince of Wales. And they hate each other. As in, sworn enemies. Except that Alex has also always been fascinated by Henry, in a way that he can't seem to shake. After a scene at the Royal Wedding, the two are forced into a farce friendship in order to satisfy their respective countries and the media. But, naturally, their friendship develops further than anyone intended, with consequences that both men will be forced to face, whether they're ready or not.

So, this is hilarious. It's genuinely funny, and heart-warming, and adorable. The writing is so spot on; the hilarity is just so natural that I couldn't help belly laughing at multiple points. Both Alex and Henry are so real-feeling that their banter and flirting and ultimate declarations of love have stuck with me long after I finished their story.

Story-wise, though, this is pretty simple. It's escapist fiction to the utmost degree. It has some scary American politics as the backdrop to Alex and Henry's story, but really, it's a book you read in order to forget about the state of the world. It's LGBTQ+ romance that reads simultaneously like a guilty pleasure but also like a story that the world needs right now when everything feels like garbage.

One last thing that I need to mention is the narrator of the audiobook. Ramón de Ocampo was the absolute perfect choice to bring these characters to life. He is so talented and made everything pop so much. He IS both Henry and Alex in my mind, and the way he chose to personify them through their accents and ways of speaking was just so on point.

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fantasyqueen
May 05, 2020

Such a fun read!
I love the author's writing style and imagination. And I adore her chutzpah - the fictional prince is very very close to an actual prince - that was a bonus fun part of the book.
I'm hoping for more stories from this author soon

Edwamau Apr 26, 2020

The Baltimore Sun highly recommended this title after the royal breakup this past year. So I gave it a try. It is a story about a romance between the US president's son and the Queen of England's son. It does emphasize how the children of high power officials have some difficulty living their own life. And how these young adults try to live up to their mother's (the president and queen) expectations even if it cost their happiness. For the most part it is a fun, light read.

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spiritedaway
Apr 03, 2020

Uplifting, heartwarming, and touching. I absolutely adored this book.

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MustInvolveEggs
Sep 11, 2019

As your mother, I can appreciate that maybe this isn't your fault, but as the president, all I want is to have the CIA fake your death and ride the dead-kid sympathy into a second term.

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MustInvolveEggs
Sep 11, 2019

Straight people, he thinks, probably don't spend this much time convincing themselves they're straight.

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