I’m not quite sure where to start.
First I would like to apologize to myself for avoiding this book for 99% of 2019.
Two I would like to apologize to myself for only reading this book because it was a pick in my book club.
Self, I have done you a disservice. You could have been loving Alex and Henry and their love and fierceness for many months.
At its base, Red, White, and Royal Blue is the story of 2 powerful young men – The son of the President of the United States – Alex Claremont-Diaz and his British counterpart, Prince Henry. Both have deep obligations to their country. Both have baggage. Both are really good at writing love to hate you snarky emails that turn into love to love you snarky emails complete with poetry. Trust me, none of this is a spoiler.
McQuiston gives readers 2 fleshed out protagonists that are full of life. They’re motivations are real. They feel like friends. Even her secondary characters fly off the pages. The diversity in characters is also rampant and much appreciated. No one feels like a stereotype, and what’s more, no one feels unnecessary.
Now, for the plot. I will say that I was never once surprised by any twist or turn. This is, at its heart, a love story. A very good love story. One that you can turn to when you have a cold, are sad, need a break from thinking or really want to escape the latest news cycle. It is the kind of love story that is hopeful and makes you believe the world could, in fact, be a better place.
I couldn’t have asked for a better first read for 2020. I want to live in McQuiston’s version of the world. There is so much hope and love and kindness. It is everything we need right now.
Red, White, and Royal Blue is for you if your here, reading this review, with a beating heart. This book is worth picking up even for the predictable twists and turns. It’s worth picking up and thinking that the world can be better.