July Reads

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston

4/5 Stars

What if the first son of the United States and the Prince of England were in their early 20’s and fell in love during a tumultuous election year? Red, White & Royal Blue explores just that.

Alex Claremont-Diaz is a smart, ambitious kid whose mother just happens to be president. Embroiled in a feud with Prince Henry, their two PR teams hatch a plan for them to act like friends and to keep international relations positive. As the two become closer, Alex must reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his goals and maybe just fall headfirst into love with a Prince.

This wasn’t a book I was able to rush through and finish in a matter of hours. That being said, I still loved it. I found it gripping. I love anything royal-related and I thought this was a fun spin on things. Alex felt like a fully-realized character with strengths and flaws. It was great to pick up a romcom focused on a gay couple, and I’d love to read more books like this one.

If you’re into a good love story, this is a must-read.

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

4/5 Stars

Daisy Jones is the daughter of two famous people, neither of which has much interest in her. She grew up fast and got into rock and roll, and everything that comes along with it in the ’60s and ’70s. She was beautiful and talented, with big dreams to become a musician. The Six was a band from small-town America led by Billy Dunne, who were making their rise on the rock charts.

The producer of The Six decided they should bring Daisy in on a track, and that song immediately hit it big. They then decided to bring Daisy in full-time as a band member. This lead to stardom, and a lot of friction.

I had heard a lot of hype about this book, and placed a hold on it without really knowing what it was. The book was told completely in an interview style. When I first started it, I was a little confused, thinking it may have been non-fiction. I’ve read a couple of non-fiction books in this style and I love them. It lends to getting everyone’s side of the story.

It is indeed a work of fiction, but I think it was done really well. I thought it was a really interesting, fun read and really brought the ’70s to life.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

4/5 Stars

This book follows Queenie Jenkins, a Jamaican-British woman living in London. It covers her struggles over the course of a year, starting with the end of her long-term relationship, and continues into struggling at her job and facing life as a Black woman. Queenie is lacking confidence and self-worth after some very upsetting moments in her life. Throughout the book, she works to become a better version of herself.

Queenie was a very interesting look at the world through the eyes of a Black woman. She often felt like she wasn’t enough to fit in with either of her worlds. There are some pretty hard-to-read moments in the book. Candice was really able to make you feel for Queenie. Queenie was an incredibly rootable character. I would definitely recommend reading this one.

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