Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel by Casey McquistonRed, White & Royal Blue: A Novel by Casey Mcquiston

Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel

byCasey Mcquiston

Paperback | May 14, 2019

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A *MUST-READ BOOK* for US WEEKLY, VOGUE, NPR, OPRAHMAG.COM, BUZZFEED, 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

Casey McQuiston grew up in the swamps of Southern Louisiana, where she cultivated an abiding love for honey butter biscuits and stories with big, beating hearts. She studied journalism and worked in magazine publishing for years before returning to her first love: joyous, offbeat romantic comedies and escapist fiction. She now lives in...
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Title:Red, White & Royal Blue: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.24 × 5.66 × 1.17 inPublished:May 14, 2019Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250316774

ISBN - 13:9781250316776

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing - fun read! I bought this book and read it in two days. It was so good that I couldn't put it down! It has everything you could hope for in a romance book, and there's also a nice politics angle for those interested (although not overwhelming if you're not a fan of politics). It's also full of unpredictable twists and turns, so you never really know what'll happen next. On top of all that, it manages to still be a good, fun, thrilling, sexy read. Will 110 % reread!
Date published: 2019-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing - fun read I bought this book and read it in two days. It was so good that I couldn't put it down! It has everything you could hope for in a romance book, and there's also a nice politics angle for those interested (although not overwhelming if you're not a fan of politics). It's also full of unpredictable twists and turns, so you never really know what'll happen next. On top of all that, it manages to still be a good, fun, thrilling, sexy read. Will 110 % reread!
Date published: 2019-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One my favs! I bought this book on a whim because I needed something new to read on vacation. And I was so surprised at how amazing it truly was. It made me laugh, cry, swoon and squeal. Alex and Henry's story was told in such a poetic and beautiful way while still being realistic and not cheesy. I loved this book and will 100% be rereading it this summer.
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book. Realistic portrayal of a gay relationship with so many moments leaving me laughing and squealing. 10/10 would recommend
Date published: 2019-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely amazing I couldn't put it down and read through it very fast. I want to immediately start reading it again.
Date published: 2019-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! Well this book was kind of everything and I loved every second. I had heard so much about this from other reviewers and I was so excited when I was approved for the eARC. This book was absolutely adorable and definitely was worth all the hype I had been seeing about it! Red, White, & Royal Blue is about Alex, who is the First Son of the United States of America. He was thrust into the spotlight after his mother became President, and basically become like American royalty. It's no secret that Alex really does not get along with royalty, Prince Henry, but they soon get mixed into an international scandal at Prince Phillip's wedding. They are forced to become "friends" and participate in photo ops and spend time together to help save face for both of their families. However, they soon figure out that maybe all the animosity between them was really something more all along. Okay, first things first. I've seen this being labelled as a young adult contemporary book on some websites, but this is definitely not. It is a new adult romance at the very least. There are a lot of steamy scenes and fade to black moments, nothing too descriptive, but more than what you would see in a typical YA contemporary book. With that out of the way, I loved basically everything about this book. I thought the plot was amazingly well paced, I never found myself bored or hoping that the plot would just get going. I was entertained the entire time, and even though it does follow the typical romance formula, the author did some intersting things in the story that made it feel fresh and fun. I also really enjoyed the political elements of this story. We got to see the President and Alex trying to navigate this whole romance and its ramifications during the election year, and see Henry struggle on his end with what this relationship would mean for the "Royal Image". I thought all of that was super intersting and gave the book a deeper level of story telling. This book was also extremely diverse! We have bisexual and gay characters, a transgendered character, and lots of POC rep. And the cherry on top is that these labels did not define the characters! They were part of who they were, and yes their sexuality and race was important to the plot, but it was not their only defining characteristics in the book, and every character was developed beautifully. We also had a female president and tons of strong female characters in positions of power. Speaking of characters, Alex was hilarious. He is outspoken, brash, but still so unfailingly loyal to those he loves, that it made it hard to not love him. Henry was Alex's perfect foil. He was calm, quiet, and more subdued, but so passionate about topics and people he loved. The way they came together and worked through the tough times was really beautiful, and the really are a new OTP of mine. Nora and June were equally amazing. I loved seeing them grow individually and really learn what it as they wanted to do with their lives. Seriously, I loved all the characters, I can't think of a major character who was flat or not talked about enough. I felt connected to them all and enjoyed reading about their character arcs. Basically the TDLR is that I loved this book.
Date published: 2019-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Summer Read! I loved this book! It is so romantic, hopeful and a bit steamy. The characters are well developed and I could see this book being a amazing movie too. This book made my heart beat faster and made me smile. And there is nothing more that I love to get from a book than one that gives me an involuntary physical reaction. It is recommended that you should read this book outside in the sun or relaxing at the beach or in the bath. Preferably with a glass of wine in hand. This book is all hope and love - the 2020 we dream about. #indigoemployee
Date published: 2019-05-19

Editorial Reviews

"A rivalry between the son of a U.S. president and the Prince of Wales turns into a whirlwind romance in this charming story about true love." - Us Weekly"[An] escapist masterpiece... It's a truly glorious thing to live inside the world of this book and to imagine it becoming reality, too." - Vogue "Effervescent and empowering on all levels, Red, White & Royal Blue is both a well-written love story and a celebration of identity. McQuiston may not be royal herself, but her novel reigns as must read rom-com." - NPR "In between sweet and steamy love scenes, Red, White & Royal Blue allows readers to imagine a world where coming out involves no self-loathing; where fan fiction and activist Twitter do actual good; and a diverse, liberal White House wins elections. This Blue Wave fantasy could be the feel-good book of the summer." - Booklist, Starred Review "The much-loved royal romance genre gets a fun and refreshing update in McQuiston's debut... The love affair between Alex and Henry is intense and romantic, made all the more so by the inclusion of their poetic emails that manage to be both funny and steamy. A clever, romantic, sexy love story." - Kirkus, Starred Review "[An] outstanding debut. 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." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"Red, White & Royal Blue is funny and fun, and the family and political dynamics feel spot-on, but it's the frank and unforgettable romance between these two young men that will compel readers to start it all over again when faced with the last page. It's that hard to say goodbye to this couple." - BookPage, Top PickOPRAHMAG.COM, "30 Of The Best LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2019"POPSUGAR, "30 Must-Read Books of 2019"BUSTLE, "21 New Romance Novels To Make Your Spring Reading Even Dreamier Than You Imagined"SHE READS, "Most Anticipated Romances of 2019"BUZZFEED, "19 Books Coming Out This Year That You Seriously Need To Read"HELLOGIGGLES, "Best New Books to Read in May"HYPABLE, "Spring 2019 Releases That Need To Be On Your Radar"REFINERY29, "Best Books of May 2019"BOOKRIOT, "Best Books We Read in November" / "Love Is In The Air: 51 New Romance Novels Scheduled for 2019" / "Most Anticipated 2019 LGBTQ Reads" / "Most Anticipated Books of 2019" / "50 Must-Reads Books by Debut authors for January - June 2019"BOOKPAGE, "2019 Preview: Most Anticipated Romance"PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, "Staff Pick for Best Books of Summer 2019" GOODREADS, "The Best Romance Books of May"PARADE, "The Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019"BOOKBUB, "The Best Romance Books Coming in 2019"ALL ABOUT ROMANCE, "Books We're Most Looking Forward to Reading This Year"CHATELAINE MAGAZINE, "Best Romance Books 2019"DAZED MAGAZINE, "Eight Romance Novels That Are Subverting The Genre In 2019"FOREVER YOUNG ADULT, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019" "Let this heartwarmingly romantic tale-about the son of an American president falling in love with the prince of Wales-be a balm for your political and cultural cynicism." - Oprahmag.com"It's the ideal summer read, one that melds the hilarious crass-mouthed sarcasm of HBO's VEEP with supremely steamy scenes." - Bustle "It's moving, it's relevant, it's OH-SO romantic..." - Natasha is a Book Junkie "Royal watchers, prepare yourselves, because this LGBTQ+ romance is destined to leave you swooning." - Pop Sugar"Casey McQuiston dazzles with Red, White & Royal Blue. Passion characterizes every moment of this smart, mischievous, gratifying and sensitive novel." - Shelf Awareness "This is romance at its purest, carrying the reader away on a warm, funny journey... a vision of humanity at its finest." - Dazed "This is an enemies-to-lovers romance that will give you all the feels! You won't want to miss this one - it's been a favorite of mine this year." - She Reads"Casey McQuiston reboots the royal romance with a joyful, clever, quick-witted and totally irresistible debut." - Vilma Iris "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 "I tore through Red, White & Royal Blue as if it were a pint of Ben & Jerry's. By turns hilarious and angst-ridden, buoyant and strikingly real, this novel is a surefire bull's-eye for any devotee of classic romance, slow burn fanfiction, or heartfelt storytelling. A political love story too timely and too genuine to miss." - Lyndsay Faye, internationally bestselling author of Jane Steele and The Gods of Gotham "This book is like that perfect dessert you allow yourself only on the really good or really bad days. And I loved every deliciously satiating page of it." - Julia Whelan, author of My Oxford Year