Her Royal Highness
By: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 7th 2019
Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.
Millie can’t believe her luck when she’s accepted into one of the world’s most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Everything about Scotland is different: the country is misty and green; the school is gorgeous, and the students think Americans are cute.
The only problem: Mille’s roommate Flora is a total princess.
She’s also an actual princess. Of Scotland.
At first, the girls can barely stand each other–Flora is both high-class and high-key–but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Even though Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn’t a fairy tale . . . or is it?
So, for my first foray back on the blog in a while (it’s been a summer, guys), I had to go with something like a light, airy, drama-and-romance-filled beach read. And there’s no author who does that better than Rachel Hawkins, Even better? I have in my possession, thanks to my charming local library, her newest LESBIAN PRINCESS ROMANCE, Her Royal Highness. Yes, you read that right.
HRH is a companion novel to Royals/Prince Charming, in that it features the other half of our disaster children royal twins, Princess Flora (and there are a lot of other familiar faces), who’s being punished for her various attention-getting stunts with banishment to a boarding school in the Highlands. It’s here that she meets her match–her down to earth American roommate Millie, who won a scholarship to the boarding school after a messy breakup with her ‘kinda-friends-kinda’more’.
Things go about as expected–with Flora causing trouble and Millie getting pulled along for the ride–whether its a bar fight courtesy of Prince Sebastian and his ne’er-do-well friends, a catfight in canoes, or getting lost in the woods without any gear. But, despite the headmistress’ pleas to Millie to rein Flora in, she comes to realize that she doesn’t actually despite the Princess as much as she should. Quite the opposite, in fact.
There is nothing about this book that I don’t love. Millie is a sweet, fun narrator, and her mingled exasperation and sympathy for Flora are as fun as her culture shock being among the Scottish upper crust. Flora is wild, mean and vulnerable by turns, but after a turn or two of Millie telling her to cut the bull, she becomes a more likeable character. That being said, the sparks between them fly, even when they’re both staunchly pretending they don’t like each other. The rest of the cast of characters is lovely and real, but really the star of the show is the romance between Flora and Millie, complete with a rom-com worthy end declaration of love.
Honestly, I’m very upset that this is Rachel Hawkins last foray into YA (for now, at least). But if it has to be the end, then it’s an absolutely magnificent one, and well worth the read (especially poolside).
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