Popsugar Reading Challenge category: A book you wish you could read again for the first time
Red, White, & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston
I don't have a lot to add to last year's review of this book. I enjoyed it so much that it was an easy pick for the reread category this year. On a second read, I decided the point of Alex drinking so much was that he was using it avoid facing the depth of his feelings for Henry. Still could have used less of it.
Another of the pleasures of rereading: I could see how carefully the dominoes of the plot were lined up. A twist in the election subplot led to an unplanned meeting between Henry & Alex under risky circumstances. Which led to complications, and the risk of getting exposed. Their attempts to cover it up led to more complications, which led to....a satisfying ending that grew believably out of the characters' actions.
The Amazon Prime movie version was pretty good, though it had to simplify a lot. As the director noted, it was a 12-hour audiobook, which somehow had to fit into a 2-hour movie. Some of my favorite characters got cut altogether (including Alex's sister June), and others got reduced roles. But the core of the story - the love story between Alex & Henry - was captured beautifully, from the wedding-cake disaster all the way to happily ever after.