The Bossy Bookworm
Review of Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Updated: Aug 2, 2020
I loved Alex and Henry and really all of the characters, the banter, and especially the politics lite.
I loved Alex and Henry and really all of the characters, the banter, and especially the politics lite. I loved the love. The excerpted real-life love letters were gorgeous. And it’s probably unfair to take any issue with the sometimes overwrought (to me) romance and extensive talking about every aspect of it since this is categorized as Romance.
I was happy to suspend my disbelief but still felt jarred by Alex’s headfirst and wholehearted leap into an intense homosexual relationship as a college-aged man--only because he shared that although he analyzed political data as a hobby and talked endlessly with June and Nora about almost everything about families and love and life, he had never recognized having had any romantic feelings about other men before.
I found it surprising that this self-actualized character who seemed to be so open to life and experiences, idolized an openly gay senator, and who (along with his president of a mother) actively and passionately supported LGBTQ rights, never recognized that interest or curiosity or impulse—and I also didn’t think it was necessary to have that be a discovery rather than allowing the full love story to grow without the first-time element.
What did you think?
I love a romantic setup with a sassy political backdrop. Have you read this one yet?