I really struggled to read those two books and almost DNFed both! Let me tell you why …
Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
We Contain Multitudes – Sarah Henstra
Jonathan Hopkirk and Adam “Kurl” Kurlansky are partnered in English class, writing letters to one another in a weekly pen pal assignment. With each letter, the two begin to develop a friendship that eventually grows into love. But with homophobia, bullying, and devastating family secrets, Jonathan and Kurl struggle to overcome their conflicts and hold onto their relationship…and each other.
At first, I was going to review both books separately but I thought there was no point as I had the same opinion on both: they were boring. I enjoyed some parts, but most of the time I was bored while I was reading both of them. In Red, White & Royal Blue the story/plot was obvious but it was dragging so bad, like please make them kiss already. In fact, writing this makes me realise that I can actually say the exact same thing for We Contain Multitudes, you also knew what was going to happen but it was dragging too… Both novels are Young Adult Contemporary with LGBTQ+ characters.
In both books, there were too many descriptions and not enough actual dialogues for me. I love when there’s dialogue, like it makes the book so much more fluid but in both, there were a lot of descriptions (it was too much!) and that was b.o.r.i.n.g. (Obviously, it’s my opinion).
The only difference between those two is that We Contain Multitudes is an epistolary novel. The two main characters are exchanging letters and the dialogues are in the letters as they transcribe conversations that others characters had or even their own conversations between the two of them, so let me tell you something – it was annoying. I would have preferred to have chapters for the dialogues and chapters for the letters, maybe. But reading the conversations transcribed in letters when both characters actually witnessed the same things (most of the time) was boring.
I guess I might have had too many expectations for Red, White & Royal Blue as it has been so hyped (and still is) and recommended on Instagram and Twitter, and I really wanted to like this book but unfortunately, it did not work for me. I had no expectations for We Contain Multitudes as I can’t remember seeing anyone I’m following talking about it.
As always, I would still recommend to read them as anyone else might enjoy them. I know many people won’t share my opinions (mostly for Red, White & Royal Blue) but please remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinions.
If you’ve read one of them or both, let me know what you thought about it/them.