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What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?
When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius - his image is pure millennial - marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.
Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?
Casey McQuiston's ''Red, White & Royal Blue'' proves true love isn't always diplomatic.
Author: Casey McQuiston
Paperback, 418 Pages, Published August 2019
Read and Recommended by Hendri:
"A word-of-mouth phenomenon, this sweet novel takes us to an alternate world, where The Prince of England can’t resist his urge to kiss the First Son of the US President, hurtling the pair of them into a highly charged political romance. The possibility of them being a couple could upend two nations? And what is more worthy: love or royal status? First Son, Alex Claremont-Diaz and Prince Henry, are long time frenemies. When photos and news of their confrontation at a royal wedding ceremony leak to the tabloids, it puts the image of both nations at risk, and so Alex and Henry are forced to extinguish their ego and stage a fake friendship in front of the public and the press. Just when they think the assigned task is successfully completed, the kiss happens, entirely throwing them both off kilter. Biracial Alex, half Mexican and half White, must confront his sexual awakening as a bisexual, while the stuffed-shirt Henry must shed all the royal expectations placed upon him to come out openly as gay. To avoid jeopardising his mother's impending re-election, Alex must navigate his secret romance with Henry until one day they discover the courage to be who they truly are. Brimming with empowered female and queer characters, this is a light-hearted, page-turning novel that will make you laugh, swoon, and shed tears, all at the same time."
"Let this heartwarmingly romantic tale―about the son of an American president falling in love with the prince of Wales―be a balm for your political and cultural cynicism." - Oprahmag.com
"Red, White & Royal Blue is outrageously fun. It is romantic, sexy, witty, and thrilling. I loved every second." - Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six
"I tore through Red, White & Royal Blue as if it were a pint of Ben & Jerry's. By turns hilarious and angst-ridden, buoyant and strikingly real, this novel is a surefire bull’s-eye for any devotee of classic romance, slow burn fanfiction, or heartfelt storytelling. A political love story too timely and too genuine to miss." - Lyndsay Faye, internationally bestselling author of Jane Steele and The Gods of Gotham