The Royal We | Jessica Morgan & Heather Cocks (Review)

The Royal We | Jessica Morgan & Heather Cocks (Review)
Paperback, 496 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 7th 2015)
ISBN 1455557110 (ISBN13: 9781455557110)
Edition Language English
Summary
American Bex Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess, but it’s adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall-and Bex who finds herself accidentally in love with the heir to the British throne. Nick is wonderful, but he comes with unimaginable baggage: a complicated family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a Brit. On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex looks back on how much she’s had to give up for true love… and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.
Review
There are two things you should know about me. The first is that I am not by any means a “book-snob”. I will read a n y t h i n g. I’m not picky at all. I love classics and literature and novels that are deep and meaningful but sometimes my I just want to read something that’s quick and easy and doesn’t really make you think. The second thing you should know about me is that I really love the Royal Family. I’ve made it clear that I’m a pretty big anglophile.

So this book seemed like a pretty sure thing as far as things I like. Turns out it totally fell flat and I had to fight to finish it. There’s no secret that it’s basically Prince William and Kate fan-fiction and while they did their best to make the characters their own it was pretty obvious what they were going for. I felt like I spent the whole book thinking “there’s no way this is what Will and Kate are really like.” And of course I understand full well that it was a work of fiction but there just felt like a lot that was trying to be too close to reality.

Then there was the fact that Nick and Bex were totally dull. I sort of get the whole Nick coming off as dull thing but I don’t know they were both just so meh as characters. I found myself mostly annoyed with a lot of Bex’s personality traits and even more so with her twin sisters Lacey’s. I genuinely found her to be incredibly insufferable.

I suppose there were a few redeeming qualities of the book if you just take it at face value as a cheesy royal love story. It was never meant to be a deep meaningful novel that left you feeling amazed. It was always supposed to just be a fun book you read if you like chick-lit and the royals. I felt like it was far longer than it needed to be though. By about 150 pages. It was basically just a lot of parties and drama and tears in between the lovey bits.

I know a lot of people enjoyed it though and Lauren Graham bought the rights to turn it into a movie. So like I said if you enjoy novels of this type and you go into it not expecting a lot then you might like it. But for my money you’re better off just waiting for the movie if you’re really curious.

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