Book review – Red, white and royal blue by Casey McQuiston

“Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that. History, huh? Bet we could make some.” 

The premise of the book is The prince of Wales Henry and FSOTUS Alex go from foes to friends to lovers. Since both are highly political individuals on separate continents they meet at events and are forced to keep thing civil. When the headlines catch a rivalry they are forced to forge a friendship to keep the political waters still. But along the way a real friendship ensues and Alex has to reexamine his sexuality when feelings for the prince starts to develop.

There are some seriously good parts here, and my favorite has to be the part where Alex doubts his own sexuality. There are elements that straight people will never have to go through or even think about. I enjoy expanding my viewpoint this way. Walk a mile and all that. I enjoyed Alex’s insecurities when venturing into the relationship. The rest to me, was fluff.

This might be one of those instances where I’d love to see a movie, because I think the movie would be better than the book. I like my books deeper. The emotional connection was lacking even though I found the story good enough. Predictable, but romcom good enough. It’s an easy beach read for sure!

Is it believable? More so today than it was ten years ago, but we still have a way to go. The book paints a pretty picture of how great it could be if the world was more tolerant and our greatest fears didn’t have to be so scary and we could be braver to write history on our own terms.