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The Royal We Paperback – April 26, 2016
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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 Glamour to Grazia UK to Vanity Fair.com.
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One, it reads like William and Kate fan-fiction. There are FAR too many similarities to real-life William and Kate so it comes across as derivative (SPOILER ALERT...to wit: the hero and heroine meet at school and break up before becoming engaged, a ginger younger brother for him, a wealthy but déclassé family for her, his uncle is busted when his company photographs him, her social-climbing, author-wannabe sister, prince plants false stories among friends to test loyalty, the Queen's love of horse-racing...and it goes on and on). The occasional shout-out would have been fine, but it sounds like the authors just crammed every detail of W&K from the Lifetime movie and Vanity Fair articles that they could without it blatantly being about them. I think the authors are too interested in the inspirations that they did not appropriately separate the two to create distinctive characters.
And second, even more bothersome, is that everything here is too shallow. The characters are mostly one-dimensional...boring at best and awful at worst. The hero and heroine do not have particularly well-drawn personalities and are rather lame. Moreover, their relationship is played out in an extremely superficial manner. There was not enough development in that department at all. There is a lot of skipping forward rather than spending time with them to see what their relationship is based on. Again, I attribute this problem to the authors not being able to distance themselves from W&K's narrative...their long courtship. This book would have likely worked better had the relationship not spanned so many years, which necessitated the time jumps. But they detract from the story and don't explain why these two even like each other. It is like a series of shallow vignettes that is ultimately unsatisfying.
So ultimately I'd recommend sticking with the blog. The authors have a pleasing writing style but the plotting and character development just were not there, unfortunately.
Now don't get me wrong I enjoyed this book. There was just nothing earth shattering about it. The author's writing was ok, but not spectacular. It was a fun read, but not one I would reread many times as I am prone to doing with an amazing book. I may read the sequel, but I guess that depends. I recently heard this is being made into a movie and frankly I can't figure out why. This book was fun, but not movie material. So if you are looking for a quick, easy and most cute read some weekend this is a great pick. There are mentions of sexual activity, drinking and cursing, but I don't remember any explicit sexual scenes.
Although I found Bex to be down to earth in a good way and Nick to be every part of a gentleman and not snobbiness, the story moved very slowly. In fact, I thought this story could have been shortened about a hundred or plus pages and still gotten the point across that the story was to accomplish. Also, I was saddened that I did not find myself laughing along the way.