Thursday, May 2, 2019

Book Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

What might happen if the (adult) First Son of the President, fell in love with a Prince of England? Hijinks! Lots of swearing and sex! Sneaking around! Scandal! And so much fun!

If you read this book, in 2016, the first woman, a Democrat, was elected President. Her two half-Mexican-American adult children who are in college and graduate school, move into the White House with her, along with the adult granddaughter of the Vice-President. These three smart, savvy, wonky best friends have been impressing the media and having a blast living at the heart of power. But when they attend the wedding of the Prince of Wales, Alex, who has been really annoyed at the younger prince, Prince Henry, since the Rio Olympics when he overheard Henry make a rude remark about him, gets drunk and gets into an argument with Henry which results in the two of them falling on the wedding cake.

Damage control dictates that Alex and Prince Henry have to now pretend to be best friends, even though they hate each other. Or do they...? Methinks they both protest too much. But when they make up in spades, their newfound "friendship" will be the stuff of scandals and will put the reelection of Alex's mother on the line, not to mention putting them both in the crosshairs of the Queen.

This book was a blast! It was such a balm in these ridiculous political days. I actually read it in the middle of the government shutdown, a week before traveling to DC (which was soooo depressing). The author really gets the White House to feel real, the dialogue is super snappy, and there are some rather sexy scenes, if that's what you're looking for. I enjoyed the heck out of it and you should read it right away. I promise, it will make you smile.

This book is published by St. Martin's Griffin, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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