Red, White & Royal Blue
By Casey McQuiston
3 out of 5 stars
McQuiston’s book centers on an alternate reality where a fictional woman won the 2016 presidential race. She was a divorced woman with two adult children living in the White House with her. The story begins in 2019 and ends after the 2020 presidential election.
However, her story is not focused on the first female president, it is focused on her son, First Son of the White House, Alex. Alex wants to go into politics himself when he gets older, but falling in love with the Prince of England casts doubts on Alex’s future, especially when the press find out that the presidents son is in a relation with the Prince of England.
Is America ready for a bisexual son in the White House? Can his mother be reelected with this becoming public?
These are just some of the questions McQuiston addresses in her book. Unfortunately, while I loved the idea and premise of this book I just could not connect with it. I got really excited when I read the book jacket, but then felt bored reading the book. I also found some things lacking in the book. How is Nora fit into this story? Is she a step sister, a friend of the family? She calls the president Mom-in-law at one point, but is not married to either siblings. This drove me crazy.
I also wished we would have seen Henry’s point of view as well. I just thought Alex was kind of annoying for the book to only be focused on him the entire time. I felt like I never really learned about any of the other characters.
Such a shame because I had such high hopes for this novel.