“Red, White & Royal Blue,” is a 2019 Rom-Com novel written by New York Times bestselling author Casey McQuiston. The novel follows a LGBTQ+ romance between two powerful political figures – Alex Claremont-Diaz and Prince Henry – and gives off a fluffy, humorous tone throughout most of the read.
The book screams happy. Seriously. Mixing politics and heartfelt romance, McQuiston’s literary performance radiates positive insight to the election year. She deliciously mixes together drama, angst, excitement and hope. It’s an overall feel-good young adult fiction that can be a joyful break to indulge in, leaving behind the stress of finals and holidays.
While some critics highly praised McQuinston’s novel-debut as a page-turner, others felt the book was lackluster in developing a serious attitude towards LGBTQ+ relationships. Considering McQuiston is a straight woman, this is a lighthearted book that provokes smiles but doesn’t necessarily deliver in promoting authentic experiences and perspectives.