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The Royal We Hardcover – April 7, 2015
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"Smart, funny . . . [Cocks and Morgan] write like the pros they've become."―Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"The characters should all be familiar: the heir to the British throne, his mischievous younger brother, his granny and the pretty commoner he meets in college. But in this version by bloggers Cocks and Morgan (a.k.a. the Fug Girls), the girl is American. Nick and Bex's love story is so fun and dishy, you'll hope for a sequel--with royal babies."―People
"In the grand tradition of Curtis Sittenfeld's American Wife . . . A breezy, juicy novel that's like The Princess Diaries with fewer made-up countries and more sex-the kind of book you can imagine Pippa sneaking into Kensington Palace."―Entertainment Weekly
"Hysterical."―Entertainment Weekly, "The Must List"
"Every bit as engrossing as the real Kate and Will. . . . The pages turn as easily as a tabloid feature on the royal couple-and you'll end up just as obsessed with Bex and Nick as you already are with Wills and Kate."―Glamour
"Cute, well-written, and perfect for summer. . . . I loved it."―Buzzfeed, "29 Books You Should Definitely Bring to the Beach This Summer"
"The authors hit all the right notes in this funny, smart, emotional tale that will definitely appeal to fans of Jojo Moyes."―Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Pages of biting humor and breathtaking glamour rewrite a fairy tale into something more satisfying than a stack of tabloids."―Kirkus
About the Author
Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan are the creators of the Internet's wittiest celebrity fashion blog, Go Fug Yourself, which draws millions of readers and made Entertainment Weekly's Must List and The Guardian's list of 50 Most Powerful Blogs. They are the authors of two young adult novels, Spoiled and Messy, and have written for publications ranging from New York magazine's web sites to VanityFair.com to Grazia UK. They both reside in Los Angeles.
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Bex is a weak, immature heroine, and I *hated* that she thought it her place to shut down her sister's relationship. If Nick didn't like it and he couldn't "control" Freddie, why would he put the responsibility on Bex to somehow control it? That reeks of the belief that women are supposed to be the responsible ones in relationships while "boys will be boys." *gag*
I didn't like Nick after that very much, and he never lifted a finger to reassure Bex when things got difficult. I understand that his situation was a mess, but basically saying that she could love it and shut up about it or leave it is just rude.
By the end of my read, I hated virtually every character. I never had any idea why she even liked Nick much less "loved" him. Their "relationship" felt non-existent. He never treated her as an equal partner or teammate. I'd much rather have had Bex end up with Freddie. :/
The authors, who run the blog GoFugYourself are strong writers with a great sense of humor, and that all shines through in this book. Definitely worth a read!
Fast forward to now. Enter The Royal We. I don't remember how I first found out abut this book--I think I saw it mentioned in a magazine or maybe it was Novelicious. The premise--an American woman marrying into a fictional version of the British royal family--sounded fun even if the blurb already made it clear that it was not all fun and games. What Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan have managed to do is create a very rich story about a young woman at a crossroads and a young man whose life has already been predetermined. Their meeting wasn't part of the script the Crown had planned for him. And the attraction, the slow development of their friendship, its transitioning into love and then the eventual fallout held me from start to finish.
I loved how Rebecca "Bex" Porter was portrayed. She comes across as very real, very approachable, even when she is misbehaving and I want to slap some sense into her. Ditto for Nicholas "Knickers" Lyon--or the fictional heir to the throne. His reserve, his longing for a different kind of life and his realisation that he could have it with Bex makes him a sympathetic character, even when he too drives me bananas.
I found myself absolutely hating Bex's twin, Lacey. My God...what a spoiled, entitled brat. Bex was far too nice to her. Did it bother me that I hated Lacey? Absolutely not. You need a character like her to balance off Bex's personality. And Freddie, the prince's younger brother--well, he sounded so naughty, so dishy. Loved it! :) Even at his worst, he made it clear that he loved his brother and Bex. And this, I think, was missing from Lacey. I never felt like she really loved her sister. She loved the attention, she loved benefits of being Bex's sister, but she never felt like she genuinely loved her sister.
As the story progresses and we follow their courtship leading up to what should be the Wedding of the Century, missteps and lapses in judgment leave the reader wondering if Bex and Knickers really are built to last. And when someone close to them proves to be a snake in the grass, the ensuing fallout will pull at your heartstrings. I really enjoyed reading The Royal We. My only complaint? I wanted more...:)