Book Review: 'The Royal We'

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Grand Central, 464 pp. $26

If you liked either "The Princess Diaries" or "The Prince and I," then you will love Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan's debut novel, "The Royal We."

The book opens on Rebecca "Bex" Porter's wedding day to Prince Nicholas of Wales, who she's always known as "Nick." But, on what is supposed to be the happiest day of her life -- and the fantasy of every girl who's ever seen a princess movie -- she's haunted by a secret that could ruin everything.

From there we rewind to five years ago, when Bex arrives at Oxford University at the beginning of her semester abroad from Cornell. Her twin sister, Lacey, stayed at Cornell to work on her premed degree. Up until this moment, the longest they've been apart is eight hours.

Bex is taken under the wing of Cilla, her roommate, and introduced to all of her friends, which includes Nick. The rest, as they say, is history.

"The Royal We" is good because it's not sappy. We don't get syrupy descriptions of Nick, or a melodramatic breakdown of their relationship. What we do get is a heartbreaking, and uplifting, push and pull that examines a relationship from both the public eye and the private truth.

While this is their first novel, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan are best known for their celebrity blog, "Go Fug Yourself."

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