Alex Claremont-Diaz, the 21-year-old son of the first female President of the United States, absolutely cannot stand Henry, the Prince of Wales. When word gets out about an altercation between the boys at the royal wedding, the two are forced into posing as best friends in order to clear the political tension. A friendship that starts as a sham ultimately evolves into something real. Constantly texting and calling each other, they grow to be very close friends ... until it is something way more than that. Alex and Henry want to pursue a relationship together, knowing that they must keep it secret. Alex's mom is in a tight race for re-election, and the Royal Family isn't going to be accepting of the idea, either. In the end, Alex and Henry prove that love proves to trump all.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
Casey McQuiston’s debut novel is truly exceptional. The enemies-to-lovers romance between the two leads is beyond captivating, and seeing it grow stronger on every page is beautiful. This book contains a mixture of humor, love, and serious moments that make the reader feel deeply invested in the story. There is a lot of discussion about the politics and history of both countries, yet it is written in a way that even if these aren’t your particular interests, you can still find yourself enjoying every last word. Red, White, and Royal Blue serves as a great piece of LGBT+ representation in literature, as it centers on a romance between Alex, a bisexual, and Henry, who is gay. It deals with themes of self-acceptance and living a life that is true to you, instead of by living for what’s expected of you.
I recommend Red, White, & Royal Blue to anyone ages 15 and up, more specifically readers in high school or older. Anyone who is in this age range and enjoys a terrific, well-written enemies-to-lovers romance will absolutely love Red, White, & Royal Blue, and I can’t praise it any higher.
Exceptional writing, captivating main characters, and a story with excellent LGBT+ representation give readers a lot to love in this enemy-turned-boyfriend page turner.
Minor profanity and some graphic scenes between the two boys.
This is a young adult novel about two boys trying to figure out how to balance family and social expectations with their feelings for each other.
Please don't dismiss this as "just" a novel about a bi and gay teen. The elements in the story of being yourself, figuring out how to navigate others' expectations (close like family, large like society) transcend sexual preference. They are well presented in the story and can create engaging conversations.
15 and Up
15 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 17
Borrow, for sure. This is an exceptionally well written book, definitely worth finding at the library.