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New York Times Bestseller

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

Young Adult
September 3
Random House Children's Books
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

polarbear356 ,


This book is so good!! I never thought about America having royalty but Katherine portrayed it so well. Can’t wait for Fall 2020!!🇺🇸🇺🇸👑 Long live Queen Beatrice🇺🇸🇺🇸👑👑

marshmallowsmoke ,


This was a book I really, really wanted to love. The United States and a monarchy? American Royals sounded amazing, and I wanted to see how Katharine McGee would handle the huge changes to American history if George Washington had agreed to be the nation’s king instead of its president.

The world-building didn’t disappoint. King’s College, the palace, and American royalty, I loved all of that and how the world was presented, but I was disappointed with the characters and the plot. There were four POVs of characters (Beatrice, Samantha, Nina, and Daphne) that all had their own romance, but every single one of the romances failed to make it to the end. I was rolling my eyes at how quickly the characters realized they loved each other

I thought the book suffered from too many POVs, and the only one I actually liked reading was Daphne’s. Beatrice, Samantha, and Nina were all boring. I didn’t care about Beatrice’s difficulties as the heir, Samantha’s jealousy of Beatrice, or Nina’s feelings of inferiority as non-royalty. Nina especially was so boring.

Out of the four Daphne’s romance with Ethan was the best. Despite the two not being morally good people, they were very interesting as characters with their own motives and relationship with each other. Every time I saw Daphne’s name on a chapter page, I knew I’d be paying attention, whereas every time I saw Beatrice’s, Samantha’s, or Nina’s name I knew I’d be in for description and dialogue that I just couldn’t bring myself to care about at all.

Another thing that disappointed me was the length of this book. At some 400 pages, it was too long. 400 pages and it felt like I was reading through all this drama that should’ve been resolved somewhat at the end, but none of it did. What’s more is the cliffhanger McGee left in her book. Normally I’m fine with cliffhangers, but I was annoyed with this one.

Most of this book read like a standalone. I would’ve even been fine if the book were longer if it really was a standalone, but as a first book out of at least two? It wasn’t a good start, and more should’ve happened with the characters and plot instead of all the whining the characters did and the failed romances.

I’m not too sure if I’ll read the sequel when it comes out next year, but I might for Daphne’s POV. I really enjoyed her POVs in this book, and I want to know what happens next with her and Ethan. I just hope the sequel can actually resolve some things and make me want to read about the other characters.


Well you see...

I like the storyline, but I HATE how it strays from what America was supposed to be, a country with independence, not a monarchy
‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ Born with rights; not by class, that is what I believe in, (sadly some of our government had strayed from what the Declaration of Independence stated.)

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