⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 Stars)
Red White & Royal Blue is a finalist on the GoodReads Choice Awards 2019 and my Romance pick of the year. I read most books in this year’s category, and although there were some controversies regarding what is considered Romance (since a thriller and a few woman’s fictions books ended up in that category) I was overall happy with the finalists and I do think they would mostly be books that I recommend.
I choose RW&RB because it’s absolutely fantastic as a debut novel, but because it’s very current. This book really shines when it makes jokes about memes, Parks and Recreation and The Great British Bake Off. It’s the perfect snapshot of this generation – if we lived in an alternative Universe where the president was a woman and the first son was having a relationship with the British Prince.
As farfetched as the plot my seen, RW&RB is incredibly well written and it takes no effort at all to suspend disbelief. As a haters-to-lovers romance, McQuiston really knows how to make her characters human, flawed, complex and absurdly relatable.
In this world (at least) change is inevitable, and Henry and Alex are the perfect guides to help us with that transition.
So there’s a lot about politics and societal expectations and how opinion is molded and often outdated. But, in the midst of all, we get to see Henry’s and Alex’s relationship bloom. And what a beautiful thing that is. It’s heartfelt and pure, it’s sexy and sweet, it’s everything. Those two filled my heart and I just wanted to yell at everyone that love is love and people deserve to be loved without judgment.
So I can’t think of a better romance to represent 2019. And as for Casey McQuiston, she’s been working on her next book and I can’t wait for what she comes up with.