NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES • What if America had a royal family? If you can't get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha. Crazy Rich Asians meets The Crown. Perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and The Royal We!
Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown.
Two girls vying for the prince's heart.
This is the story of the American royals.
When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren't just any royals. They're American.
As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America's first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she's breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn't care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there's Samantha's twin, Prince Jefferson. If he'd been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.
The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded--and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.
"The lives of the American royal family will hook you in the very first pages and never let go. Relatable, believable, fantastical, aspirational, and completely addictive." --Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars and Perfectionists series
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Katharine McGee’s novel—the first in a series—hones in on exactly what you’d want to know if there were an American royal family: who’s dating whom. Princess Beatrice Washington, who’s in line for the throne, and both her twin siblings, Samantha and Jefferson, all manage to fall in love with people who are unexpected and kind of inappropriate. McGee has lots of fun exploring her characters’ duties, ambitions, and eye rolls; her royals, who live in the era of hashtags, eat breakfast tacos and shop at Wawa. American Royals is candy-store fun, but it also tucks in a coming-of-age story that’s perfect for anyone grappling with when to put others before themselves—and when not to.
In this drama's reimagined United States of America, George Washington was crowned king rather than becoming the country's first elected president. Now, hundreds of years later, his descendent, Princess Beatrice Georgina Fredericka Louise of the House of Washington, the first female heir to the crown, is 21 and expected to find a husband. Her parents, the King and Queen of America, have vetted several potential candidates, whom she is expected to meet at the upcoming Queen's Ball. There, her tabloid-headline-grabbing twin siblings, Samantha and Jefferson, 19, who have just returned from a postgraduation tour around the world, will make their first official public appearance. Samantha invites her childhood best friend, Nina, as her guest, but Nina is secretly in love with Jefferson, whose ex-girlfriend, meanwhile, has a plan to win him back. Written from multiple perspectives, McGee (The Thousandth Floor) crafts a deliciously soapy American royal family. Though much of the doomed-relationships story arc feels familiar, McGee's characters are well-crafted and flawed, giving the narrative emotional texture that elevates it above the dramatic formula. Ages 14 up.
Thoroughly enjoyed this - quick read and that kept me turning the pages. Looking forward to the sequel!
I made the mistake of buying this book with very little background because I wanted a surprise, to read a book only knowing that the premise was when Washington was offered the crown, he took it. Great premise right? Sadly this is basically a fairly well-written young adult gossip story, could have been so much more.
Should be categorized as Young Adults
Love the concept but this is a novel for tweens.