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Read These Books If You Loved "Red, White, & Royal Blue"

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If you’ve been anywhere near BookTok lately (guilty!) you don’t need me to tell you that Red, White, & Royal Blue is coming to Prime Video this Friday. TBH, I’ve been keeping an eye on the release date since the movie was announced. The movie, which is based on the book by Casey McQuiston, has some of my *favorite* romance novel tropes. Fake romance! Enemies-to-lovers! Secret relationships! It’s no wonder I inhaled this book on the beach the summer it came out, basically ignoring my family for a full 24 hours to see what would happen to Alex and Henry, the main characters of the novel.

Since reading Red, White, & Royal Blue, I’ve been on a mad hunt to find similar books, basically living on BookTok to get suggestions that follow the same kinds of tropes. And luckily, there are plenty of stories out there waiting to be devoured on a family vacation to the beach. Ahead, I’ve rounded up the best books to read if you loved Red, White, & Royal Blue. (Which, if you haven’t read it yet, you absolutely should do rightfuckingnow.) They’re good to tide you over between rewatches of the movie. Trust.

If you’re looking for another #ETL book with movie potential

Emily Henry is the queen of beach reads IMO, and so it makes sense that her book Beach Read is the ultimate story to dive into while lounging by the ocean. Even better—it’s one of her three (!) books that has already been optioned to be developed into a movie, so you’re going to want to read ASAP.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

If secret relationships is your fave trope

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is another book I couldn’t put down. (Cut to me reading it by the light of my iPhone at 3 AM so I wouldn’t wake up my fiancé who was sleeping next to me.) It’s similar to Red, White, and Royal Blue because it follows a secret, queer relationship—but with an incredible twist in the end.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If you want to immediately watch the adaptation after reading

I am a self-proclaimed Sally Rooney stan, and Normal People is probably my favorite of her books. While it’s friends-to-lovers instead of enemies-to-lovers, this book has already been adapted to the small screen in a TV series for Hulu, so you can binge as soon as you finish reading.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

If you’re an adult who *loves* a YA novel

Another foray into a secret, queer romance, If This Gets Out follows two boy band members who fall in love with one another. But in order to maintain their teen heartthrob status, they feel that they need to keep their relationship a secret.

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

If you want to read a fanfic that has gone mainstream

The Love Hypothesis started as a story on a Star Wars fanfic website, and once it was published, it took BookTok by storm. It features an enemies-to-lovers storyline where the main characters aren’t actually toxic to one another—a revelation!

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

If you like to dabble in alternate realities

While Red, White, & Royal Blue follows an American who falls in love with a royal, American Royals is a story set in an alternate reality where the US has its own royal family. It follows the three siblings of the American monarchy and the complicated world they’ve been born into.

American Royals by Katharine McGee

If you love a workplace drama

Enemies-to-lovers is a well-worn trope in romance novels, but throw in some workplace drama, and you’ve got The Hating Game. Two coworkers vying for the same job promotion start to realize their feelings for each other go beyond loathing. Bonus: It’s already been adapted into a movie starring Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Maria Del Russo is the Branded & Affiliate Content Director for Betches. When she isn't at the office, you can usually find her in the kitchen, yelling "That tastes SO freakin' good!" at nobody in particular.