Book Review: Romantic comedy of a secret friendship

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston delivers a nice, optimistic, and fun love story that’s a perfect start to a new decade of enjoying books and stories.

In an alternative reality, but similar enough to seem absolutely possible, Alex Claremont-Diaz is the half-Mexican son of the first female president of the United States. He is handsome, charming and passionate about making the world a better place. Then there is Prince Henry, third in line to the throne, and practically the definition of prince charming. Alex doesn’t necessarily consider Henry as his arch-nemesis. It is just that Henry’s perceived perfection rubs Alex the wrong way, and he can’t help but obsess over the prince’s actions.

During the Royal Wedding of Prince Henry’s brother, Alex and Henry get into an altercation that ends with them tripping over and onto the most expensive wedding cake in the world. To advert the ensuing international political nightmare, Alex and Henry are forced to convince the public that they are the best of friends. What starts as a series of staged outings and photo ops, transforms into a begrudging friendship and soon into a sweet and passionate secret love affair. But when you live your life in the public eye, keeping a secret such as this is basically impossible, especially during an election year.

McQuiston’s debut novel is a joy to read. The characters of Alex and Henry work very well together, and you can’t help but root for them to get their happily ever after. The dialogue is fun and witty, and the love story is swoon-worthy. I recommend this book to fans of romantic comedies and any one out there in search of joyful, fun, and optimistic story that will make you smile.

Ariana Galeano is the Head of Community Branch Services at the Richmond Public Library

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