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Backlist Review: Red, White and Royal Blue

Title: Red, White and Royal Blue

Author: Casey McQuiston

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Formate: Paperback, 421 pages

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: I recently read Red, White and Royal Blue for the second time back at the beginning of March.

The fact that I enjoyed reading this book both times is an oddity in and of it’s self. Before reading this New Adult Romance I use to think Romance novels just weren’t my thing. And the more I reflect on the idea that romance novels weren’t for me the more I’ve come to realize that I’d decided they weren’t for me because as far as I knew, I wouldn’t see myself within their pages.

It’s taken me a long time to come to terms with my sexuality and there are days I still question it. But nevertheless I’d always thought of romance books as only portraying heterosexual relationships and I could not see myself in, or relate to, the characters that were presented to me the few times I did try and pick up a romance novel.

So When I finally did pick up RWRB last fall I was surprised to find that I could relate to most of the characters and that many of the emotions they experienced, mirrored my own, even though my lived experience looked nothing like what the characters had gone through or were currently experiencing on the pages I turned.

I related to Alex’s ambition and to his denial/confusion about his sexuality.  I related to Henry’s sense of duty and his need to hide who he really is. And I related to June and her own sense of duty to her family, putting their needs before her own.

I had never seen so much of myself within the pages of a book, and it was exactly what I had been looking for, but had yet to find.

RWRB is a book I’ve needed for a long time. And I’m so happy I found it.

When it comes to recommending this book I think it’s a great fit for a variety of audiences. It’s perfect for readers who are looking for a fun, uplifting read and for anyone who has ever imagined what if would be like to date a member of the Royal Family. I also think readers who are questioning their own sexuality will benefit from reading about Alex’s experience and his relationship with Henry. Additionally, I think readers who are unsure about what path to take in life will gain value and insight from reading about Alex’s journey as he explores his own path in life. I also think it’s suitable for readers who are still reeling from the 2016 election.

This book has had a huge impact on my life and it is well worth a read.

Up Next: One Last Stop

Casey McQuiston’s second novel, One Last Stop, reimagines Kate & Leopold and is set for release in 2021.

Check it out on Goodreads!


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