Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
After leaks of a minor altercation at a royal wedding, First Son, Alex Claremont-Diaz is forced into damage control in the ways befriending the stuffy Prince Henry, his self proclaimed long time nemesis.
As their fake friendship turns into a real one, Alex begins to questions his feelings for Henry and what this budding relationship would mean for his mother’s reelection bid and Henry’s potential future rule.
Alex is pretty cocky. He’s just as you would assume a first son would be, self assured and this feeling that he’s untouchable, while Prince Henry is buttoned up and proper, but secretly loves Star Wars and Jane Austen. Quickest way to my heart. I loved all of the secondary characters as well, Alex’s sister June, their friend Nora who was the granddaughter of the Vice President and Henry’s outspoken friend Pez.
I will say this book is very political. I know, you’d expect as much, but it wasn’t just touching on the political ramifications of the first son or even a crown prince being gay. It also followed political scandal, a distorted mirror of the political scandal that we had during the 2016 election. For instance there were mention of emails. If you’re not really political, the last 1/3 of the book might be a bit much for you.
That said, while the book covers difficult topics and our current political climate, the underlying theme is one of hope and putting love above all else. I found myself smiling and laughing and I even cried a few times. I really liked it I can see why it won Goodread’s Choice in 2019.