Review: "Red, White & Royal Blue"

Oxford comma debate aside, "Red, White & Royal Blue" by Casey McQuiston is THE book of the summer.

Set an alternate 2020-America, Alex Claremont-Diaz is the millennial First Son America deserves - charming, good-looking, hella smart. After 4 years in the White House, his mother is up for reelection (yes, in this alternate reality a badass woman most definitely won the 2016 election). But before the campaign even gets out the gate, Alex has a run-in with his "you can't just call him my 'archnemesis'" — Prince Henry, third in line to the British throne. When the tabloids get hold of photos of their altercation, Alex and Henry are forced to strike up an Instagram-worthy fake friendship in the name of damage control.


When a fake friendship turns into something more, Alex and Henry fall headfirst into a secret relationship that could jeopardize both their families and nations. "Red, White & Royal Blue" is the coming of age (and out) story we didn't know we needed.

I laughed out loud — during rush hour — on a Metro train crammed with people while I was reading RWRB. It’s hilarious, sweet, totally absorbing, touching, and so much more. When I picked it up I thought it was just another rom-com, but Casey McQuiston has managed to write the perfect love story that can't shut up about. I've already convinced one friend to buy and read it (he loved it) and am loaning my copy to another friend soon because the library waiting list for a copy here in the DMV is 50-100 people long! You won't regret picking up a copy of "Red, White & Royal Blue" this summer.

Oh, and Amazon Studios has already won a bidding war to turn RWRB into a movie.