Red, White, & Royal Blue
Even before TikTok, the hype surrounding this book was immense.
Alex is the son of the first female president of the United States. When he has a run-in with Prince Henry (and some cake), the two have to fake a friendship in order to get their names out of the tabloids. But feelings get too real, and with his mom running for reelection, Alex and Henry have to be careful. Nothing can go wrong, right?
I love a lighthearted romance. Good ones are really hard to find, in my opinion, because people are used to romance being a subgenre to other plotlines. I went in with a grain of salt due to the hype, and came out smiling.
The characters are all very witty and funny, and they feel real. Unlike The Babysitter‘s Coven, the characters have realistic conversations through text within the book. The storyline is fun and a great time, and I never found it slow. I legitimately laughed out loud at a couple of points, which hasn’t happened in a very long time. And the representation! POC, LGBT+, a lot you don’t see in other books that have made it to the mainstream.
If you’re ready for an emotional rollercoaster, this book’s got you. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and then you’ll get very angry at real-life newspapers for fictional events, but such is life.
Trigger warnings: sexual content, homophobia, outing, death of parent, sexual assault, drug abuse, and racism