Red, White & Royal Blue swept me away the first time I read it in 2019. I called it a
“a queer, political/royal romcom masterpiece” and a book that had it all and was “a swooning gay romance, with great dialogue, enemies-turning-to-lovers, old traditions that need to be challenged, wonderful siblings and sassy friends,” and that it was “a hilarious, witty, tender, thoughtful and devastatingly heartfelt story that dealt with difficult topics in a both honest and fun way, and a story that gives you hope for a better world,” and that I loved it with all my heart! So, how do I feel after rereading it? Well, I didn’t think i was possible, but I’m even more in love with it! This amazing book with it’s lovable and relatable characters and their vulnerability, and the positivity, and the larger than life love affair, truly is a masterpiece! A future classics!
I don’t think I need to talk too much about the story, it’s so well-known by now, but in brief: Americas First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz and Prince Henry of Wales have had a beef since they med at the Olympics when Alex was eighteen and Henry ignored him.
The characters are so loveable. Not just Alex and Prince Henry, but I also love Alex’s parents and his sister Julia and friend Nora (“The White House Trio”) and Henry’s sister Bea and the White House staff. Casey McQuiston does such an amazing job in making them feel real and making you love them. And there were so many wonderful scenes and twists and dialogues. The writing is so good and fun! Easy banter, sassy retorts, just everything you could possibly wish for.
Still, there are so many emotions in this book. So much love and vulnerability, friendship, angst, and the hardship and struggle of finding out who you are and stay true to that or remaining closeted. In fact, Alex doesn’t even realize that he is bi until he falls for Henry.
You can read my full swooning review from my first read here: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
But this time around I also watched the beautiful fanart created by Venessa Kelley while reading the book.
If you haven’t yet read this book, please don’t continue to watch the art below as it might contain spoilers!
She truly made the story come even more to life, and absolutely nailed all characters and scenes. Don’t you agree when looking at the pictures below? Starting with the hilarious cake disaster that forced Alex and Henry together for a fake friend scheme... And then two of my favorite scenes, which are the first kiss and the red room scene with Alex showing Henry that he’s into him too, followed by the polo scene (“Oh my God, what are you doing? I can’t even look at you.”).
The lake scene is one of the most heart-wrenching ones, with Alex about to give Henry his heart, but Henry getting scared and closing his, then ghosting Alex. So emotional, almost more the second time around.
And of course, the last piece of art showing of the happy ending. “They take about a hundred portraits just sitting next on the bench next to each other and smiling.” I can’t look at it without getting this huge smile all over my face! I’m so happy that they dared to give their hearts away and got to change history and find true love and happiness!
My biggest wish now is that this book is turned into a movie or Netflix series ASAP! Otherwise, I might need to reread it again...
Get your own copy:
All 1 Star 2 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars 5 Stars Abbi Glines Abdi Nazemian Adam Silvera Aiden Thomas Aisha Saeed AJ Collins Alexandra Christo Alexis Hall Alex Kelly Alex Sanchez Alice Dolman Alice Oseman Alwyn Hamilton Amy Harmon Amy S. Foster André Aciman Andy V Roamer Angie Thomas Annabeth Albert Ashley Woodfolk Audrey Coulthurst Becca Fitzpatrick Becky Albertalli Benjamin Alire Saenz Beth Bolden Bill Konigsberg Briar Prescott Bri Spicer Brooke Skipstone Cale Dietrich Casey McQuiston Cassandra Clare C.G. Drews Chris Bedell C.L. Beaumont Colleen Hoover Crystal Frasier C.S. Pacat Daven McQueen David Yoon Dean Atta Debbie McGowan Debbie Rigaud Deborah Harkness Delia Owens D.G. Carothers Dhonielle Clayton Dustin Thao Elizabeth Acevedo Elle Kennedy Elle Wright E. Lockhart Emily M. Danforth Emily Mims Erin Watt Ernest Cline Eve Morton Everina Maxwell Evie Dunmore Grace Williams Gwen Martin Heather Truett Hettie Bell Holly Black Hope Irving Hudson Lin Ingrid Sterling Jacqueline Woodson Jamie Deacon Jandy Nelson Jeanette Winterson Jeff Zentner Jenna Evans Welch Jennifer E. Smith Jennifer G. Edelson Jennifer Gilmore Jennifer Kropf Jennifer Niven Jenny Downham Jenny Han John Green Julianne Donaldson Kacen Callender Kami Garcia Kara Leigh Miller Kasie West Kate Larkindale Katharine McGee Kathleen Mareé Kendall Grey Kevin Van Whye Kiley Reid Kim Fielding Kim Holden Kim Liggett Kitty Bardot Kris Ripper K.S. Marsden Lauren James Laurie Frankel Leah Johnson Lee Matthew Goldberg Leigh Bardugo Leylah Attar Lisa Williamson Liv Rancourt Liz Plum Mackenzi Lee Maggie Doolin Maggie Stiefvater Malin Persson Giolito Malorie Blackman Margaret Stohl Marie Lu Mary E. Pearson Melina Marchetta Meredith Russo Miel Moreland Mila Gray Miranda Kenneally M. Tasia Nicholas Sparks Nicola Yoon Nic Stone Nina Kenwood Nita Tyndall Nora Sakavic N.R. Walker Phil Stamper Quinn Anderson Rachael Lippincott Rachel Hawkins Rainbow Rowell Ray Stoeve River Braun Roan Parrish Roseanne A. Brown Ruta Sepetys Ryan La Sala Sally Green Sarah J. Maas Sarah Waters Sarina Bowen Saundra Mitchell Sidney Bell Simone Elkeles Siryn Sueng Sophia DeRise Sophie Gonzales Stephen Chbosky Stephenie Meyer Susan Mac Nicol Suzanne Collins Tahereh Mafi Teagan Hunter T.J. Klune Tomi Adeyemi Val Wise Veronica Rossi Veronica Roth V.E. Schwab Wesley Chu Victor Dixen Victoria Aveyard