If you are looking for a book to make you smile and laugh during quarantine, look no further than Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I learned about it on my favorite podcast, Forever35, and was lucky to have a friend loan me her copy right before our trip to Curacao at the end of February.
This is an ideal plane book (for whenever we are allowed to travel again) because the story sucks you right in and you're desperate to know what's going to happen next.
The premise is that Alex Claremont-Diaz is the son of the President of the Unites States (who is a woman!) and he falls in love with Henry, the Prince of Wales. Yes, people, a royal romance!
Their tryst unfolds through a series of emails and text messages that had me cackling - out loud!
The book is also full of wonderful supporting characters - Alex's sister, June, their best friend, Nora, who is the Vice President's daughter, and Henry's best friend, Pez, who is a globe trotting philanthropist.
When I had about 100 pages left, I started to slow my pace because I didn't want the book to end.
If you are able to get your hands on a copy, I promise you it will lift your spirits!
I fell down a bit of a rabbit hole reading reviews of the book as I was preparing to write this blog post, so please enjoy my three favorite articles:
- Why 'Red, White & Royal Blue' Author Casey McQuiston Loves Making Birth Charts For Her Characters (Bustle)
- Red, White & Royal Blue Did the Unthinkable. Then It Went Viral (Glamour)
- In This Escapist Masterpiece, America Has a Woman President, and Her Son Is in Love With a Prince (Vogue)
*Image courtesy of Book Stacked.