The Royal We
Ok. So. I stayed up all night to read The Royal We, a romance novel loosely based on the lives of Prince William and Kate. I could not stop reading. It reminded me of when I used to ignore the teacher in elementary school and read under my desk trying not to get caught; but now I am a working person and legitimately struggled with not reading this book at work.
Why was it so good? Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan (you may know them from their popular site, Go Fug Yourself) draw inspiration from William & Kate and the British Royal Family, but turn it into a tale of a surprisingly realistic romance. You get sucked in immediately to the tale of Rebecca (Bex) an American exchange student at Oxford who ends up across the hall from Nick (in line for the British throne). It's cliché, of course, but Cocks & Morgan adeptly make everything seem real. As Entertainment Weekly writes, "The book feels like a clandestine glance inside the royal family, while also pulling off a realistic, swoon-worthy romance. With ripped-from-the-tabloids plot points and a genuine, beating heart at its center, it’s the perfect contemporary take on what lies behind the veneer of a modern-day fairy tale and the personal cost of marrying into a plural pronoun."
And with the recent announcement of American Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry, the fairy-tale seems real. A normal American girl becomes princess. It *can* happen. And a lot of America is rejoicing over the engagement, as one Twitter user points out:
If you're pondering why Americans are so delighted by this Megan and Harry news, some possible reasons:— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) November 27, 2017
1) she's a successful woman of color who is happy and adored
2) the story isn't about white supremacists
3) we don't have to call a single elected official about it
The novel was smart, breezy, funny; it's "for readers who prefer their love affairs straight up, without poison. It's smart funny fluff..." (x). And it's a necessary break from reality in today's horrible times. As one reviewer wrote on Amazon "a delicious love story with a regal touch. Perfect for readers who like their princes and princesses imperfect." I downloaded this book on my kindle as a Cyber Monday deal (the only #CyberMonday shopping I legitimately participated in), and I am so glad I did. Go read it & have some fun. It also made me think: all the books I've written about recently that I "couldn't put down," I could put down. I wasn't itching to finish with the same desire I wanted to keep reading The Royal We, which was basically Kate Middleton fanfiction. Still: enjoyable as hell. Rating: ★★★★★
(Yes I realize practically everything I've read recently I've rated 5 stars, and no, I don't care).