* Instant NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestseller *
* GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER for BEST DEBUT and BEST ROMANCE of 2019 *
* BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR* for VOGUE, NPR, VANITY FAIR, and more! *
What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?
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 the 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, Instragramable 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? Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn't always diplomatic.
"I took this with me wherever I went and stole every second I had to read! Absorbing, hilarious, tender, sexy—this book had everything I crave. I’m jealous of all the readers out there who still get to experience Red, White & Royal Blue for the first time!" - Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners
"Red, White & Royal Blue is outrageously fun. It is romantic, sexy, witty, and thrilling. I loved every second." - Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six
McQuiston's outstanding debut pivots on an inspired rom-com premise: What if Alex Claremont-Diaz, the half-Mexican son of the first female president of the United States, fell in love with Prince Henry, England's heir? The two heartthrobs are arch-nemeses at first. After a scandalous mishap at a wedding, however, they are required to pretend to be best friends lest their enmity spark an international incident. Not surprisingly, their hate turns into a bromance. When Henry kisses Alex, the First Son goes into a mild gay panic, but their snide texts soon become gushy emails ending with romantic quotes. The scions also contrive ways of being together at Wimbledon, in Texas, and at a West Hollywood karaoke bar to steal kisses or have secretive sex. Of course, their romance will eventually be discovered and leaked to the press during the president's heated reelection campaign. The impossible relationship between Alex and Henry is portrayed with quick wit and clever plotting. The drama, which involves political rivals, possible betrayals, and even a meeting with the queen, is both irresistible and delicious. Readers will be eager to see more from McQuiston after this extremely promising start.
Fun, light, un-put-down-able
So much heart. Beautifully written characters who are people we would want to know and have as friends. Took a chapter or two to get into the book but after, very smooth sailing.
This book goes the distance
This book could have stopped at being a good book with representation and hope, but it took it the extra mile at every opportunity to create rich, complex characters—this includes the supporting characters as well as the main characters—and speak directly to your heart.
November 2016 and the years since have been painful, but reading this healed a little bit of that negativity and also succeeded in making politics cool and hopeful again.
I love these characters so much and this story so much and I recommend it to everyone. Side effects include rejecting apathy and finding the motivation to change the world :-)
Comfort Rom Com! Loved it
This book was wonderful. I love how it didn’t really start slow and even though I knew a little of what was going to happen I was so hooked from the beginning. I loved all the twists and plot points and the characters.
Now for the real fun.
I loooovvvveee Alex and Henry. They’re one of the cutest book couples of all time I think. I think everyone wants to feel a love like theirs at some point. They’re just so wholesome and in love, it’s wonderful.
I knew this was a great book when at about 3/4 through I got super angry for them and just wanted them to have everything work out. When I feel real emotions like that I know the book is going on my favorites list.
All in all such a great book and definitely gonna be a comfort read for me!