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Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston


Right out of the gate, let me just say that this is one of my all-time favorite reads. I’ve read it twice and will read it again. The writing style is so specific to the author, and it veers in the direction of poetry in several places. The story is intricate and has various twists and turns, but it all makes sense; it doesn’t feel like a run-on sentence, like books with lots of plot to tell sometimes do. The characters are endlessly lovable, and the love story is complex and beautiful.

As someone who has lived in both Europe and the US, the juxtaposition of the two locations was particularly interesting, especially in the comparisons that are drawn between the lines. The political commentary is spot-on and, at the same time, wistful.

“He tells his too-fast brain: Don’t miss out this time. He’s too important.” (p. 275) Don’t miss this one. It’s too important.

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