American Royals

American Royals

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America's first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Princess Samantha doesn't care much about anything-- except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And Samantha's twin, Prince Jefferson, has two very different girls vying to capture his heart. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781984830173
9781984830197
Characteristics: 440 pages ; 22 cm
Summary: When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America's first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Princess Samantha doesn't care much about anything-- except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And Samantha's twin, Prince Jefferson, has two very different girls vying to capture his heart. -- adapted from jacket

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 16, 2021

American Royals, a 2019 novel by Katharine McGee, is set in an “alternate United States,” where an absolute monarchy rules rather than the presidential democracy. The narration alternates between four characters, which is done well, giving you an insight into each of their lives. There is a lot of romance and royal intrigue, keeping it exciting. The unique concept gives interest to read how the alternate history is incorporated. The pacing is overall good and has many mini breaks that keep it gripping. It could be pared down to be more succinct, as halfway through it might have been a bit lacking. The cliffhanger ending leaves you unsure as to which direction the plot will take, which after an exciting setup is slightly disappointing. Readers will want to check out the sequel, Majesty, available at HPL, directly after finishing this novel. Some of the characters could have been a bit more well-drawn, but they were all likeable; even “mean” characters like Daphne were good to read. The best parts of this book are the romance, the suspense throughout and the good alteration between the different storylines. Overall, this was a very enjoyable novel and a great escape. 4/5 stars
@BellaReads of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Somanybooks11
Jan 13, 2021

A good concept, but was too hard to bounce back and forth between characters.

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mperez2007
Nov 17, 2020

what grade do you think this would be good for?

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Aleramirez
Jul 22, 2020

This book provides the perfect vision of America had it become a monarchy instead of a presidential system. Princess Beatrice, the heir to the crown, is faced with many challenges as she prepares to be the first queen of America. While her duty is to the crown and all of the people who count on her, she is also still a teenager who experiences the same problems as any other normal girl would. Princess Samantha, Beatrice’s younger sister, is the exact opposite of her sister in the way that she does not care what the public thinks of her. She is used to being overshadowed by her sister, but once a boy gets involved, Samantha is prepared to fight for what she wants. Nina, Samantha’s best friend, finds herself having a major problem after she falls for Samantha’s twin brother Prince Jefferson. That problem gets a whole lot bigger once Jefferson’s ex girlfriend becomes involved. The story follows the lives of the main characters as they experience heartbreak and growing up in a world where you are judged for each and every one of your decisions and actions. This book was very eye opening as it followed the lives of characters who are constantly in the public eye and how their lives are affected by such circumstances.

LoganLib_Kirra Mar 01, 2020

What if American had a royal family? Like Katharine McGee's other books, this book has a fantastic mix of characters all with their own chapters. It’s a very female-driven book though as even Jefferson, the royal younger brother is heavily present in the book but feels more like a secondary character. Meanwhile, Beatrice, Samantha, Nina and Daphne all had well-defined storylines and I was equally interested in all of them. I’m excited to read the next book and see where all four of these young women go.

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twhitehead24
Feb 02, 2020

It took some time to get into the book as I was trying to wrap my head around the fact that George Washington was a king and we had royals running the country. Once the exposition was finished, the book pace increased. I really feel for Beatrice and the position she in as the oldest child of the king. Samantha and Jefferson are twin siblings and know their position in life also. None of them have it easy but I hope they get their happily ever after. Daphne, I am sure is going to get what is coming to her after all she has done. Connor, Teddy, and Nina, I hope they get their happily ever after also. You just have to read the book. Be patient, it will be worth it. Now have to wait until September for book two to release.

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katmz
Jan 21, 2020

What if George Washington had decided to be king after the Revolutionary War? We get an American monarchy and this book which feels like the Princess Diaries mashed up with a soap opera. Seriously, there was quite a bit of drama. There were secret relationships, scheming and backstabbing, misunderstandings and "misunderstandings", and all sorts of young adult shenanigans and all of that done with the scrutiny of a nation (and paparazzi) that comes with a crown. The story is told through four different perspectives which allowed for some unfolding of characters in fun and unique ways, but also amped up the drama levels since the perspectives tended to end in cliff-hangers. I feel that it lead to a lack of deeper development for most of the characters and their relationships (and I wanted a bit more when it came to the politics). I did enjoy that they provided different perspectives to the royal life, though. The pacing is a little slow (seriously, so slow) and not much happens for such a large book, but I enjoyed it for what it was -- a fun, dramatic romance novel with lots of fluff.

Tigard_LindsayD Dec 30, 2019

The Crown meets The Princess Diaries in an alternate universe where the U.S. is a monarchy. Featuring an ensemble of sympathetic royal siblings and their love interests, it's both soapy and fun.

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midori_hon
Oct 27, 2019

hard stop DNF at page 111. ironic it was to start this book the week of the enthronement ceremony of the new emperor of japan. this author didn't conduct the most rudimentary of research before creating an ancillary (= comatose) character with a ludicrous name, i.e. girl's given name as surname whose parents are the earl and countess of 'hana' (literally 'flower')

vpl_teens Oct 11, 2019

Reviewed by Regan T. for Teens Read it First

4/5

This book was an entertaining read. At first I found it hard to relate to the characters, seeing as most of them were literally royalty. However, as the story progressed, it became easier to understand the characters, as, although they were raised in an aristocratic and noble environment, they all still had to deal with both classism and sexism in life. One of the main protagonists would be the first queen that America would ever have, which meant that there were a lot of people rooting against her. Overall, it was very eloquently written, with beautiful descriptions that make it easy for the reader to imagine what’s going on in each scene. The four main characters each have a very different voice, and each of their personalities jumps out in a different way: one ruthlessly ambitious, another noble and righteous, the third wild and careless, and the fourth cautious and intelligent. It had a fast pace, and even though the actual timeline of events spanned over several months, it definitely didn’t feel that way. However, I do wish they had included more politics in the novel, such as what America’s role would be as a monarchy in today’s modern political society. As well, I felt that there were many loose ends not very well tied up in the story, but then again, the author may also be planning to write a sequel. Hopefully, that’s the case!

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Somanybooks11
Jan 13, 2021

Real love comes from creating a family together, from facing life together -- with all its messes and surprises and joys.”

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Jan 13, 2021

“The point of forgiveness is to recognize that someone has hurt you, and to still love them in spite of it.”

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“Sam had long ago resolved that if she couldn't be beautiful, she should at the very least be interesting.”

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Jan 13, 2021

“Writers got to pick the endings of their novels, but Beatrice wasn’t living a story. She was living history, and history went on forever.”

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Jan 13, 2021

“Beatrice is going to be queen someday.” Samantha didn’t sound resentful, just pensive.
“And what are you going to be?” Nina asked, curious.
Samantha grinned. “Everything else.”

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Jan 13, 2021

“She could smile until the bitter end, no matter what it cost her--because she was a Washington and had been trained to smile through anything.
Even through her own heartbreak.”

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Jan 13, 2021

“Tell no one your secrets, Daphne's mom always said, but make them think that you have. It creates the illusion of intimacy.”
― Katharine McGee, American Royals

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Somanybooks11
Jan 13, 2021

“All she knew was that one day she woke up and her love for him was simply there, like newly fallen snow. Maybe it had been there all along.”

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Jan 13, 2021

“That was the thing about success, it could be even more draining than failure.”

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Somanybooks11
Jan 13, 2021

“Who said anything about forgetting? The point of forgiveness is to recognize that someone has hurt you, and to still love them in spite of it.”

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