The Royal We

Hardcover | April 7, 2015

byHeather Cocks, Jessica Morgan

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TheWashington Post andUSA TodayBestseller
"I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they'll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next."

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she's sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

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TheWashington Post andUSA TodayBestseller"I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they'll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next."American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex wh...

Heather CocksandJessica Morganare the creators of the Internet's wittiest celebrity fashion blog, Go Fug Yourself, which draws millions of readers and madeEntertainment Weekly'sMust List andThe Guardian'slist of 50 Most Powerful Blogs. They are the authors of two young adult novels,SpoiledandMessy,and have written for publications rang...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:April 7, 2015Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK Okay, I've been wanting to read this book since it came out and I finally got the librarian at my school to buy it and it was honestly so worth the wait.I read it every chance I got, I couldn't put it down! It was so laugh out loud funny and just amazing. I would 100% recommend this to a friend, in fact I've already recommended it to basically everyone that I know. Amazing book
Date published: 2015-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ITS AMAZING! I bought this, and loved every word of it. It's sweet and it just makes you fall in love with Nick and Bex and all the other characters. It's very loosely based on Prince William and Kate, but its an exaggeration/interpretation. It'c cliche but I personally LOVE cliche
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from highly enjoyable The Royal We is basically a fan fiction of Kate and William. If you love the royal family, you're going to love this book. I personally don't know much about them but I have a friend who is pretty obsessed, so we both decided to read this book together. I really liked the writing of the authors, I don't really know how they divided up the writing but it all flowed pretty well. I personally always look for how a book is introduced, that introductory chapter has become very important to me and either makes or breaks a book for me. The first chapter of The Royal We was set after the whole story happened, and our main character, Bex, is struggling with a decision she needs to make, and then bam, the chapter ends. I wanted to dive right into the book and try to figure out how Bex got in her future situation. I really enjoyed the interactions between Bex and the future king, Nick. It was laid back and you get to see that Nick is actually human and has the same struggles that we do even though he is a royal. I loved that initially Bex ad Nick started out as friends and stayed as friends for a while. It gave me flashbacks of Anna and the French Kiss, which is one of my favourite 'friendship turned into relationship' stories. The book is very long, I think that is the only downside to it. I did like how leisurely the pace was, but I felt that there was unnecessary fillers in between. However if you don't mind spending extra time reading a book, then I say go for it. One thing I'm happy to note is that I wasn't frustrated with either Bex or Nick.. maybe Nick at one point, but never with Bex. She is a very level headed girl with a great family. I loved her family, even though her twin sister seriously annoyed me so much at times. I think The Royal We gives you the backstory on royal families and what marrying into the royal family can be like. I personally cared more about the core relationship, which is Bex and Nick, as well as the struggle of dealing with prejudice, whether be it their differing nationalities (she's american), or her social class. I definitely recommend it to avid fans of the royal family and anyone who likes a good chick lit.
Date published: 2015-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! If there's anything I'm not interested in, it would be being royal. I believe that a country still being ruled in monarchy is archaic, and this book showed the reasons why. Yes, you have your prince and the love of your life, but you're giving up your entire identity, your nationality just for a title. You don't get to make decisions about anything and everything must be approved to what you wear, to what you eat and to what music you listen to. You might as well be a trained monkey... So sad :( Bex goes through all of these. She starts off as this strong independent woman and then it starts to unravel. I kind of liked her slow descent and all of the mistakes she makes. It felt so real and raw. Even the tabloids stating fake stories and how they're portrayed, I feel like it's a good interpretation of what it's like to be royal and having all these insults thrown your way. I was waiting patiently for Nick to man up the entire time. I loved that this wasn't just about her relationship with Nick, but with her friends, her family and her twin sister. The royal family closely resembles Britain's and in a way I strongly imagined them as these characters. I just have to say how dragged out and extended the story is. It's very very slow so you'll have to patient for anything to happiness. It's also incredibly long, so I had to knock a star for those low points. I enjoyed "The Royal We" and I had fun reading about an American falling in love with Britain's prince. It reminded me a lot of the movie "The Prince and Me."
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed every bit of it... I really enjoyed the book it was beautiful. I am gonna admit I love prince William and catherine... So when this came out a book about the alternate universe of the royal family I bought it right away. I enjoyed it so much especially the first half of the book. I felt bad for bex for the second part when the paparazzi doesn't want to leave her alone... But the end was beautiful... It will be so much cooler if there was an epilogue where you get to see their life after the wedding years later with children with the... But nevertheless it's a beautiful story.
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you're an Anglophile or royalist, you will love The Royal We. Very heartfelt & very funny. Real talk: This book is basically thinly disguised Wills and Kate fanfiction - and I AM OKAY WITH THAT. But seriously, though, The Royal We is written by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, better known as the "Fug Girls" of the celebrity fashion website Go Fug Yourself. If you've read their site at all, you know their penchant for snark, wit and hilarity, and they've infused their book and their protagonist, Rebecca "Bex" Porter with those characteristics. The novel starts with a framing device - Bex about to get married to Nick, and questioning her choices. Then we rewind back to when they first met and fell in love at Oxford, followed by the years afterwards where Bex and Nick are, like many young adults, figuring out their lives. The novel loosely follows the William and Kate trajectory (no spoilers for those of you who don't know), and what we miss as the public and in real life, we get first hand in this book. And that is a gift. I fell in love with Bex and Nick and their wonderful circle of family and friends - from her outrageous college roommates Cilla, Joss, Gaz, Clive, and Bea, to her complex, fame-adoring twin sister Lacey, to Nick's charming rake of a brother Freddie, to Bex's inventive father and excitable mother, to Nick's crazy royal family. The secondary characters took this book from good to great, because they had so much personality, and Cocks and Morgan had so much invested in them, too. I totally cheered when characters got together, when you found out that others had succeeded in jobs, and frowned when others had failed. It's a testament to Cocks and Morgan's skill at writing that I savoured every romantic part with Nick, but even when he wasn't around, I was totally focused on seeing Bex's journey through. Because that's what this book is about, ultimately. It's about a girl trying to find herself in the midst of a very complicated, and mostly secretive relationship that makes her question her worth and efforts at every turn. It's about the sacrifices we make to be with the ones we love, and how much Bex has to commit, and commit again to be with someone who has duties and obligations that may be more important than her. And it's about making those mature decisions and living with them. But while love can overcome a lot, it can't always overcome something as big as the intense media scrutiny that Nick and Bex are under. The discussion in The Royal We of the paparazzi - who are brutal to Bex even after she and Nick had broken up - is probably the part that rings truest to me - because I remember when it happened to Will and Kate. Every time Bex goes out with friends, she is scrutinized, for drinking too much, too little, wearing too much, too little...and she wasn't even with the guy anymore! Nick asks the press to leave her alone and they don't. They don't even leave her sister alone. And while this book isn't the "real" story of Will and Kate, it does show, in alarming detail, just how much that kind of media pressure can hurt and destroy people. I also remember around the time that William and Kate were broken up, people were calling her Waity Katie. And how hurtful and mean that was, but how I secretly (and shamefully) thought that might have been true - that she was just waiting around with a silly job working as a fashion buyer, until William was ready. And how I had the total inverse feminist feeling that she should just move on with her life. But the thing I didn't think about was that it was her decision to live that life. And in The Royal We, Bex says again and again that no matter what happens, Nick is worth it to her. That is her decision to make, and it's every bit as strong a decision as walking away from a guy who comes with as much baggage as Nick does. The really interesting thing to me, however, is how the Fug Girls almost insert themselves into the book, letting royal fashion blogs and celebrity watch blogs become the biggest, most destructive part of Bex's life. I know they are fans of Kate's wardrobe, but I do think it's interesting that they, as part of the media hype, are essentially the villains in the novel. It made me think about how much the media toes the line with celebrities, and how much being a blogger - even a lowly book blogger like me - changes that landscape for anyone in the public eye. The Royal We isn't a short book - clocking in at 460 pages - but I lived and loved every moment of it. I struggled with Bex as she tried to find better jobs, tried to live with Nick, tried to live without him. I worried about her when she fell into a depression, and I had major heart eyes whenever she had perfect moments with Nick. In fact, if I have one criticism of this book, it's that I wanted more at the end. Even though the ending was excellent (that's all I'm going to say about it), I believed in the characters so much that I seriously needed an epilogue where I found out where everyone was going. SEQUEL, PLEASE? The Final Word: If you're an Anglophile or royalty obsessed, or into new adult, or just like the idea of the commoner with the celebrity, you will love THE ROYAL WE. Cocks and Morgan deliver what they imagine to be the inside scoop - and while it's not anywhere near as glamorous as what you see on the outside, it's a very funny, very truthful, and very heartfelt novel that just takes hold of you and doesn't let go. It's one of those books where, after you finish, you just want to start all over again to relive the magic.
Date published: 2015-04-14

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"The authors hit all the right notes in this funny, smart, emotional tale."
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-Library Journal, starred review