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Red, White & Royal Blue

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I thoroughly enjoyed this! It completely manages to be light, comedic, and romantic while standing for something extremely important. The characters were complex and like able, the dialogue was natural and quirky, and the writing was fun and addicting!
My only negative feelings are that it is somewhat naive to represent Democrats v. Republicans as a sort of “good v. evil” trope, but I can understand where the author is coming from. 
All in all, I HIGHLY recommend.
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Romantic, funny, refreshing--this book had everything I needed. I was lucky enough to read it just before it published, and my reaction was so strong and so positive that I managed to get a substantial number of friends to get and read the book soon after so that I would have people with which to gush. The dialogue is natural and often witty, and the characters lovingly depicted. Red, White & Royal Blue put a smile on my face the entire time I was reading it, and I honestly cannot wait for McQuiston's next work.
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Love love LOVED this book! absolutely no criticism on any of it! the characters were all so well developed and detailed. you could connect with each of them and they all grew throughout the story. i loved the overall plot and concept of starcrossed lovers but with a twist of them being political heirs. i would love to read a sequel of alex in the future (perhaps as president?) that would be so much fun!
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It's a cute read, but I found it very difficult to suspend my disbelief at the whole premise. As a British person, I also felt that a lot of British culture was very stereotyped.
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Red, White & Royal Blue is really a must read book! 

I got a copy from NetGalley and I swear I need a physical copy soonest possible. It's the kind of book where you won't get tired of re-reading.
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I enjoyed this book! It was a fun a light read. 
I loved how acceptance is portrayed as in today’s day and age that is important.
I think everyone should read.
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I've said It once and I'll say it again, this book is one of the most adorable things I've ever read! A modern day Shakespeare at it's finest. I love the LGBTQ exposure in the novel. It was quirky, silly, this book made me laugh and cry tears of joy. Every YA should read this. If you haven't added this book to your TBR, do it now!
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I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect or how I’d feel reading this romance book based on two male characters but I really enjoyed experiencing the growth of their relationship!!  I found it very humorous.

Very cleverly written.  My first time reading from this author and I really enjoyed it.
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It's great seeing more diversity in popular romance! This book was fun AND steamy. And who doesn't love a juicy royal romance? Highly recommended.
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The premise of this book is so fun, and I'm so happy to see more LGBTQ+ love stories gaining attention and success. But ultimately, I just didn't love the characters and as a royals obsessive, I felt that the depictions of the family were a little off. However, I don't think the latter complaint would bother the vast majority of readers — just a personal thing for me. I know this book is beloved so I think definitely worth a shot if it interests you!
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As a thank you to Netgalley and the publisher (St Martins Press) for providing me with an advanced reader copy I shall give an honest review of Red White and Royal Blue. Overall I enjoyed this novel and plan on re-reading this soon. I recommend it to those looking for escapism and enjoy a love story. Written by debut author Casey Mc Quiston whose impeccable storytelling gave me some of the best hours I have enjoyed as a reader in some time. Mc Quiston’s dialogue was witty, engaging, and showed the plausibility to an impossible situation. Though filled with its the subject matter of politics and relationships were Mc Quiston able to show the diplomacy of these matters and find a middle ground. I emotionally connected with these characters as their personal history mirrored mine and felt seen. As a reader, we hope to be reflected in the material that we ingest whether that is books, art, films, or more. I give this book a strong five out of five stars on GoodReads.
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Arc provided via Netgalley

I had to restart this book twice. It didn't instantaneously grab me, in spite of the genre and the very alluring summary. For me I think it was mostly present tense that got me. I don't tend to like stories because it negates the "want to get away" aspect of reading that I like. 

The snarkiness between the characters is my primary language so Alex and Henry's back and forth was rightly amusing and reminded me of friends, which is what slowly got me to engage more. I have to appreciate slow developing stories more. It wouldn't be a story if it didn't have intricacies and character  road bumps that made the story read slower than it probably should, but I think in the end it did justice to how the relationship between the two developed along with the overall story line.
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This novel was brilliant, on so many levels. The familial love, the burgeoning romance, the witty, laugh-out-loud dialogue and emails. Everything was so well written. 

The characters were fantastic and Alex's discovery of his sexuality really resonated with me. There were a couple of things I found slightly unbelievable (Alex and Henry being able to dodge their security so easily), but I was willing to forgive them because the whole book was so fun and feel-good.

The final few chapters were uplifting and wholesome, and I closed the book with tears in my eyes and a feeling of hope. Thank you Casey McQuiston for writing such a resoundingly beautiful story.
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Red White & Royal Blue is a beautiful escapist romance centered around the son of the US President whose hilarious rivalry with the Prince of Wales turns into an unexpected whirlwind romance. This book is empowering and a celebration of identity and true love at its very best. There is just enough steam to make the story feel authentic and will be a delight to any romance lover. This spin on a royal romance is delightful, sexy and irresistible. If you are a lover of romance, you'll love this one
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Heard good things about thus book but not really my kind of book.. maybe I’ll get to it at some point
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THIS BOOK WAS SO DAMN CUTE IT HURT! A good romance will occasionally make me chuckle lightly to myself, or smile, but rarely does a book make me literally laugh out loud in public. I made the mistake of reading Red, White & Royal Blue in my office during my lunch break and was rewarded with suspicious stares when I cackled like a lunatic at some of the inner monologues Alex had going. 

This book wasn't only funny though, it actually made me cry and made me think about today's political landscape. I generally read romance to escape the realities of every day life, but the parallels in this book were impossible to ignore and I ended up loving it. 

The way that Alex and Henry's romance developed over the course of emails and carefully scheduled meet ups had me swooning, blushing, and crying. I absolutely adored both of them and can only hope that somehow we get another glimpse into their lives in McQuiston's next book!
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MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR. What a beautiful, hopeful, wonderful story. This manages to be funny and poignant at the same time and I will never get enough of this one. A true joy to read.
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Loved this book. It was exactly what I was hoping for, the cute, funny, romance that I needed. I cannot say enough good things about this debut novel. What a fun idea that fully exceeded my expectations.
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RW&RB was everything I hoped that it would be and more!! I have lost count of the number of times that I"ve read this book and I have purchased more copies to give away than I can count. I adored this story. I adored Alex and Henry and I could not put this down. Loved the tension and how their relationship developed. The only thing I didn't like that that it ended. Really hoping for a companion book at some point so I can see Alex and Henry on the peripherals as well as see all the other characters find their HEA
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I enjoyed this book but found that about half way through it became too political.  I wish it maintained it's focus on the relationship.
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