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  • Such an incredible debut for this author

    I read this story slowly. I savored it. I never wanted it to end. Now how do I summarize my thoughts and feelings in such a way to truly capture everything I went through while reading this incredible book? ... there's the Prince of England kissing him under a linden tree in the garden, moonlight in his hair... First, I tell you that this is going down as one of my favorite reads of ALL TIME!! Then I'll tell you that if you love love and everything that it encapsulates, then you need to read this book. I'll then say that Alex and Henry will instantly steal your heart, one fight and then one insolent banter and then one romantic moment at a time. These two characters will own you with their fight for identity, their fight for rights and freedoms, their fight for love, and their fight for each other. And then I'll state that there are so many secondary characters to fall in love with that your heart will feel so full way before the story ends. I'm so sad it ended but I am so happy that I got there. He wants to match the new freckles across Henry's nose to the stars above them and make him name the constellations. Calling this story beautiful seems inadequate. For a debut piece of work, Casey McQuiston knocked it right out of the park on the first swing. I marveled at the words she put together. How was she able to capture such fine and almost evasive emotions with such simple sentences? I couldn't help but feel it all! There was so much warmth and caring and compassion and hope within these pages and it was full of so much feeling! It hits him, fully: the weight of this. How completely neither of them will ever be able to undo it. "Okay," he says. "I'm into making history." Both Alex and Henry were dealing with so much pressure. Can you imagine being the First Son (FSOTUS), constantly in the public eye, working towards a political career of your own, viewed as the favored one, the life of the party and a living icon, realizing your bisexual, and then having to deal with the fallout for everyone to see? Or imagine being the crowned prince of England, the epitome of Prince Charming, expected to carry on the royal line, with all of the huge expectations that all of that comes with, being gay, and dealing with it for the whole world to see? Falling in love with each other made their story tragically beautiful. My heart was able to break and swell and burst with joy while witnessing it all. And then I was a careless fool, and I fell in love with you anyway. When you rang me at truly shocking hours of the night, I loved you. When you kissed me in disgusting public toilets and pouted in hotel bars and made me happy in ways in which it had never even occurred to me that a mangled-up, locked-up person like me could be happy, I loved you. And then, inexplicably, you had the absolute audacity to love me back. Can you believe it? Sometimes, even now, I still can't. ~ Henry They were supposed to be enemies. It would probably have been so much easier if they had hated each other. But true love could not be denied and a future entwined was inevitable. The story of Alex + Henry was beyond epic - it was transcendental! You love so much bigger than yourself, bigger than everything. I can't believe how lucky I am to even witness it - to be the one who gets to have it, and so much of it, is beyond luck and feels like fate. ~ Alex

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  • A masterpiece of romance genre!

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I don’t have enough words to say this but thank you for making a fairytale for people like me. It describes everything I’ve ever dreamed of. Sometimes you are destines to do something, but all those times you actually have a choice. A choice to make everything right and make everything true. A choice where even the fate of the world doesn’t keep you for loving whom you love. It is a selfish desire but who knows what the future holds. Probably being selfish can also make a world a better place for once!

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  • Wish the book could've lasted forever

    I mean like it's honestly an amazing and hopeful book. I read it in the span of 24hrs cause I didn't want to put it down. Patiently waiting for whatever book this author decides to publish next cause I know that it will be good.

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  • Wistful view of politics and romance

    “An hour later, there are several cartons of Chinese food and a Powerpoint cued up. The first slide says: SEXUAL EXPERIMENTATION WITH FOREIGN MONARCHS: A GRAY AREA. Alex wonders if it’s too late to swan dive off the roof.” This book is absolutely hilarious. At several points I caught myself laughing aloud at the amusing and poignant commentary on American politics and social relations. Written as though the 2016 election went in a different direction, it is both a romance and a wistful view at how politics would be different under different leadership. It is written in third person, but mainly follows the perspective of Alex Claremont-Diaz, the 22-year old son of the President of the United States. Ever since the Rio Olympics, Alex has despised England’s Prince Henry. After an accident at a royal wedding, and the media circus that follows, Alex and Henry are tasked with crafting a very public, fake friendship. The two end up bonding and what started as fake, becomes something much more real, as the two explore their feelings for each other. I loved this story. It was both unique and whimsical. The sexual tension and chemistry between Alex and Henry is electric and enthralling, but their relationship is also incredibly sweet. I found myself more than once wishing that this story was reality and not fiction, and that the Claremont administration was really in charge of the country.

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  • One of my favourite reads of 2019!

    This was a recent book club pick, and since everyone I know who’s read it has absolutely loved it, I was excited to read this one! This was such a delightful read! I had a smile on my face nearly the entire time, and laughed out loud more than once. The banter in this book is so fun, and the romance is a great combination of steamy and swoony. I loved Alex and Henry, but I also really enjoyed reading about the secondary characters: Alex’s mother (the President!), his sister June, their friend Nora, Henry’s friend Pez, and more – I was pretty much equally as interested in secondary characters and plots (eg. Alex’s mother’s reelection campaign) as I was in the main story. Red, White & Royal Blue is one of my favourite reads of 2019 so far! Definitely recommended!

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