“The Queen Mum did walk by, but she just poked me with her cane and told me a curtsy would have sufficed.”


22875451What is this book about?

Heatcher Cocks and Jessica Morgan were obsessed with the Royal Wedding on their blog Go Fug Yourself. This book is the baby of that obsession. In The Royal We all-American Bex travels to the UK to study and bumps into Prince Nicholas at Oxford. He’s the crown prince of England and the most eligible bachelor of all time. The rest of the book plays out like an elaborate fan fiction of what it would be like to marry a prince with all its ups and downs. It is simply amazing.

Why is it boring?

If you hate royalty, romance and fun, this is a boring book. Also there’s quite a lot of ‘typical-American/typical-British’ jokes in there, so if you don’t like those either, just stay away. For everyone else, this book is great and I wish I could read it for the first time all over again!

Who would you recommend it to?

Obviously, if you were obsessed with Will and Kate, just read this, no questions asked. But if you like the humor of Go Fug Yourself or a book that sounds so much like a sappy chick lit novel but actually is very clever and funny and you didn’t let the fan fiction comment scare you, then please read it and come talk to me about it as well.

Why should I read it if it’s boring?!

This book made me relinquish all of my other book reading duties. I had so much book club reading to do, but all I wanted was to sit down and read this gem of book, because it was fun and sad and romantic and cute and clever. It was everything I wanted in a book and I’m not going to deny that it had me in tears half of the time. Cocks and Morgan definitely know how to pull on your heartstrings. The book is pretty clearly based on the world-hysteria surrounding Will & Kate and it could have easily become a joke or something sappy like The Selection. Instead the book clearly has the signature humor that you’ll find on Go Fug Yourself and the added bonus of a lot of heart. I found it very interesting to read about the aspects of marrying into a crazy famous family and how it also sucks a lot of the times. Although it’s still a made up story, The Royal We really made me feel like this is what it really would be like and now I feel like a certified Royal Expert. The story itself is done well, but the biggest strength of this book are its characters. Bex and Nick are great. Their romance is totally believable and I love that they bond over a show that sounds like an even more insane version of True Blood. Both their siblings, Lacey (Bex’s twin) and Freddy (so based on Prince Harry), are so good and really capture the idea of sibling rivalry with unconditional love. But everyone else is just as amazing. I just tried to figure out who is my favorite and it turned into a list of just naming everyone. I think Bea and Gaz deserve special mentions though, because they are both so funny on every page they appear. By now I’m just gushing about how great this book is, but it really is. The more books I read, the more I find that it’s really hard to write something that is fun and makes you want to keep reading. The Royal We was so hard to put down and even though it’s been two weeks since I read it, I still think about it and I’m kind of sad that I don’t get to read it anymore. To get my fix, I ordered their YA series though, so expect a binge-read series recommendation real soon.

Rating: 4,5/5

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Author

Esmée de Heer is head honcho over at the Bored to Death book club website, writing the daily content and making sure the site stays up and running. She’s one of the founding sisters of the book club and enjoys reading and giving unsolicited love advice.

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