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Red, White & Royal Blue ペーパーバック – 2019/5/14
* Instant NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestseller *
* GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER for BEST DEBUT and BEST ROMANCE of 2019 *
* 2020 Alex Award Winner *
A Vanity Fair Best Book of 2019
One of NPR's Favorite Books of 2019
One of Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Romance Novels of 2019
A BookPage Best of the Year
A Kirkus Best Book of 2019
A Library Journal Best Romance of 2019
A Shelf Awareness Best of the Year
A She Reads Best Romance of 2019
[An] exquisite debut... It's hard to watch [Alex] fall in love with Henry without falling in love a bit yourself -- with them, and with this brilliant, wonderful book. - The New York Times Book Review
[A] fireworks in the sky, glitter in your hair joyous royal romance that you'll want to fall head over heels in love with again and again. A+ - Entertainment Weekly 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 The super specific love story you never knew you needed. - Cosmopolitan 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 With a diverse cast of characters, quick-witted dialog, and a complicated relationship between to young people with the eyes of the world watching their every move, McQuiston's debut is an irresistible, hopeful, and sexy romantic comedy that considers real questions about personal and public responsibility. - Library Journal, 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 Pick OPRAHMAG.COM, The 27 Greatest Romance Novels to Read In Your Lifetime 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 HARPER'S BAZAAR, 20 Best LGBTQ Books of 2019 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, "Best Romances of 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" NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, Best of Romance 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
but that was only the beginning. the middle, the end --
oh my god. this book bloomed into a brilliant love story as i read on.
i'm not American or British (in fact, i come from a country the British wrecked) but i (guiltily) felt like i was both, simultaneously, cheering for Alex and Henry and their happy ending that they deserve, goddammit.
the twists were predictable. that's all right. the side characters? 1D tropes at times, especially Henry's side of the family and Alex's mum + handlers. but that's All Right. in the end, it managed to make Alex and Henry's characterisation shine even more.
if i reread this book (and i will reread this book) it will be for the emails. god, those emails. those digital love letters in which they bare their hearts to each other. the postscripts in which they convey their longing through someone else's words
oh, henry. (this is not a reference to william sydney porter.) i have such a soft spot for this boy (i say, a year younger than his canon age).
alex/the author's prose is never as gorgeous as when it's about henry. it's as if everything is grey and monochrome on the page (no offence, author) until henry steps onto it, and then -- a vivid explosion of emotion shaped into words that made my eyes tear up. fxck. maybe the book works for me because of that -- because it's so obvious how deeply alex loves henry, how deeply in love he's fallen for the prince, how everything else matters, too, but it's unsaturated grey where henry is golden warmth.
(i'm not even going to talk about the alternate universe where a woman is president of the United States here because -- oh god the wistfulness hurts)
i'm going to read this book again -- not for the plot or the aforementioned alternate universe or anything but the impossible exchanges between two boys who are each other's forever.
Henry is described as being the third child of princess Catherine, first in line to her mother, Queen Mary’s throne. Therefore, her official title would be Princess of Wales. And once she is queen her ELDEST son, Philip, will adopt the title prince of Wales. However, the author seems to think Henry is the prince of Wales. And also, being the second son and third child to the first in line to the throne actually would realistically mean that the royal family wouldn’t care that he was gay, cause in the past few years they’ve updated it so that Bea actually would come before Henry in lines of succession, therefore Philip doesn’t even need to have kids.
I understand that the author is trying to achieve an escapist optimistic parallel to the real events of us politics. But to actually make our royal family look worse than they are is unfair. If you want realism and optimism don’t pain other countries in parallel and more negative way.
I also know is fictive. And not supposed to be representing the real royal family but if you’re going to claim it as a more optimistic and positive parallel universe for all those lost in a trump ruined country then please at least except hate REAL positivity taken from fact. It would just be a nicer read for British audiences.
It probably goes without saying that I was unable to finish this. I was absolutely exhausted with the sheer overwhelming *cringe* of it soon after Alex and Henry started their relationship which is in the first 25% of the book. After that the building, enemies to lovers romance (which was the only interesting, compelling part) falls incredibly flat, whatever tension simmered between the two men before simply burns out in a sad puff of very mediocre, juvenile smoke. It simply isn’t a compelling romance, even though it’s between a Prince and President’s son and it should all be very exciting. The sex scenes are...meh, okay? Not exactly titillating, quite the opposite really if you've ever read a sex scene in your life, but they’re there...sort of, if that helps? The goal might have been to avoid the explicit, but the result was a weird disconnect leaving me a bit confused about what had actually physically happened and the passion between them fizzled out in the text.
There’s also a LOT of dragging on and on about American politics, which is a bit of a snooze.
However, the biggest flaw is that most of the characters have the exact same personality and voice, and that voice is Tumblr circa 2016. It’s all very sassy, we’re so fabulous, ‘omg you didn’t know you were gay, is this something we’re pretending we didn’t know hunny yaaas lol’. It's so embarrassing, it's like a teenager binge watched Gilmore Girls, sat on TikTok for five hours then tried to turn it into a novel. It’s very grating very quickly. The saddest part is you could switch any of the characters out for another and I really wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Nora, June, Alex, Amy, Zahra, Luna, even Liam (who is in it for one conversation). They are all the exact same person, even though the author tries very hard to tell us that they are different, really...like this one is brainy...that one is smart...this one is clever. It's all just different ways of describing The Same Person. The only ones with different personalities are Henry and Pez (posh and sad, or extravagant dandy, respectively).
The author also suffers terribly from over-explaining the characters. Instead of showing me someone is X, Y or Z through their actions or words I am told it by the main character, who constantly narrates their traits, history and their relationship with other characters through the years all in one giant paragraph. Not to mention the traits and descriptions I was given of these characters didn’t always make sense with their actions. So why bother?
It's SUCH a bummer the characters and dialogue is so awful because the author is capable of some really lovely prose descriptions, I found myself going back more than once to re-read a sentence just to really see, and experience the emotion behind it. I simply cannot in good faith recommend buying this book for just that. RUN.
It's like the very best sort of pop music: well-written, catchy (in this case for its characters) and with just enough to say to make you remember it after the fact. It may not do a lot that's new or innovative - unless going down the royal romance path only to take a gay turn along the way is a departure - but in its democratic dream world it never allows itself to become too frivolous, realising that it still has a powerful message at its heart that very much bears repeating. It's not perfect; it stretches credulity, even within its own fantastic remit, a little too tautly at times. But it does have important things to say, and on the whole it says them well. It's also very sexy, for which it earns bonus points, and with which it sets itself apart from most YA and indeed 'adult' fiction, which is often far more reined-in in its depiction of sex scenes.
Overall, a very solid four stars.
Red, White & Royal Blue is an enemies-to-lovers/forbidden romance book, which is in its on way marvellous, but it's so much more than that as well.
I love how we get to reimagine the world where the US elected a woman as president and where we get to see England exposed for its intense and unnecessary grasp in the old traditional ways. The world is changing, that change is inevitable, and Henry and Alex are the perfect guides to present us with that transition.
So there's a lot about politics and societal expectations and how opinion is molded and often outdated. But, in the midst of that we get to see Henry's and Alex's relationship bloom. And guys... What a beautiful thing that is. It's heartfelt and pure, it's sexy and sweet, it's everything. Those two filled my heart and I just wanted to yell at everyone that love is love and people deserve to be loved without judgement goddamit.
Yeah, I got passioned about it, lol. Anyways, characters are great, the story is interesting, supporting cast is funny and helps carry the story forward. Overall great book. My only complaint could be that it got a tad messy in the end, and I think the story lost a bit of pace. Other than that, great read. Well done Casey McQuiston, can't wait to read more things from you.