Book Review: Red, White & Royal Blue By Casey McQuiston

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Red, White & Royal Blue

Love stories come in all shades and forms, “Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston stands out as a remarkable and unforgettable contribution to the genre. My journey with this book began when I first watched the movie adaptation, which left me obsessed and eager to read the book. Thus, I embarked on a literary journey that took me through a rollercoaster of emotions, self-discovery, and LGBTQ+ representation that far exceeded my expectations.

Expectations Met and Exceeded:

Starting the book, I had a unique perspective since I already knew the ending, thanks to the movie. The book surpassed my expectations, offering a depth of character development, intricate storytelling, and emotional resonance that the film could only hint at.

A Heartwarming Love Story:

At its core, this novel is a love story—passionate, poignant, and profoundly real. It follows the journey of Alex Claremont-Diaz, the First Son of the United States, and Prince Henry of Wales, as they navigate the complexities of their budding romance while dealing with the demands of their high-profile lives. What sets this love story apart is the amazing connection between Alex and Henry. Their chemistry is so beautiful that it transcends the page, making their love story one to swoon over.

Captivating Character Dynamics:

Casey McQuiston skillfully crafts a diverse cast of characters, each with their quirks and complexities. Alex Claremont-Diaz, the witty and charismatic First Son, steals the show with his vibrant personality and infectious humor. As a bisexual Mexican-American, Alex’s character holds significant personal meaning for me. His journey of self-discovery and coming out resonates deeply with those who have experienced similar struggles, making his character exceptionally relatable.

LGBTQ+ Representation:

“Red, White & Royal Blue” is celebrated for its authentic and positive portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters and relationships. It demonstrates that love knows no bounds, and it can flourish in the most unexpected of circumstances. What sets this novel apart from many LGBTQ+ narratives is that it emphasizes the positivity of love, sidestepping the common narrative of overcoming violence or homophobia. It’s a story that uplifts and celebrates love in all its forms.

Powerful Moments of Reflection:

One of the most impactful moments in the book is Alex’s internal realization, where he acknowledges the extra layers of self-reflection required to understand his own sexuality, saying, “Straight people don’t have to think this hard to know they are straight.” This sentiment struck a chord with me, as it mirrors my own journey of self-discovery. Seeing these thoughts articulated in the book was not only validating but also a poignant reminder of the shared experiences of many in the LGBTQ+ community.

Pacing and Structure:

If there’s one minor critique, it would be the pacing in the early chapters. The author takes her time introducing a host of characters and settings, which can slow down the narrative. However, this initial sluggishness is a small price to pay for the rich character development and world-building that follows. Once the story gains momentum, it’s an unstoppable force that keeps you turning the pages late into the night.

A Resounding Recommendation:

In conclusion, “Red, White & Royal Blue” is a tour de force of romance and self-discovery. It’s a story that emphasizes the transformative power of love, the beauty of diverse representation, and the importance of celebrating one’s true self. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone seeking a heartfelt, diverse, and well-crafted love story that will leave you smiling, crying, and believing in the boundless possibilities of love.

Final Rating For Red, White & Royal Blue: 5 Stars

In my heart, “Red, White & Royal Blue” deserves nothing less than a resounding 5-star rating. It’s a book that not only entertains but also inspires and validates. If you’re searching for a book that will touch your heart and stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page, this is the one.

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