Book Review: Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

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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?

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This book has been on my radar for quite a while, and I won’t deny that I do love me some royal romances; they are fairytale-esque and provide some cheer in a gloomy world. And after really having a lot of fun reading the shenanigans of a gay Prince in Red White and Royal Blue, I wanted to indulge in some sapphic goodness and enjoy the story of a gay Princess this time around.

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Amelia or Millie is a young Texan who is very excited to spend her senior year in the charming mountains of Scotland at an exclusive fancy boarding school. I loved how nerdy she was and her love of rocks and her budding geologist ambitions were awesome. Princess Flora on the other hand is not happy about being at the school away from her family, is always trying to get expelled and just cross with Millie for being her roommate. There never really is much of a reason for their antagonistic dynamic and it changed into an unlikely friendship and then a crush pretty quickly. It was sweet and adorable to read about and I quite enjoyed all their moments together. There are also some fun side characters, and I really loved both Saks and Perry. I definitely wouldn’t mind a book featuring more of them.

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I haven’t read the first book in the series, so I didn’t know what to expect from this one, but the writing was very easy and pleasing to read. I just flew through this one and there were quite a few laugh out loud moments. It’s a fairly short read and that might be a reason, but I felt there was not much of a plot. While I loved some of the descriptions of the Scottish Highlands, there’s not a lot of it to appreciate. The characters and their relationship while being cute, also felt pretty superficial but I’m not holding that against it because I guess that’s the tone the author was aiming for. Everything just happens within the span of a few months but these are teenagers, so I’m not too surprised. There is a little bit of conflict too but I thought it came out of nowhere and then was resolved within a few pages. The sexuality of the characters is also just all fine, and everyone is very accepting (even the royals). While it feels unrealistic for our times, we can all hope for that future.

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Finally, I just want to say that this is a very sweet and adorable, low stakes and no angst high school Royal romance, and all the sapphic vibes you can ask for. It’s a light, breezy and fun read and will definitely make you smile, or atleast make you forget your woes on a bad day. Read this book when you need a little pick me up and you won’t be disappointed.

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