SYNOPSIS: Truly Madly Royally
In Truly Madly Royally, fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She’s excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she’s definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who’s an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming…and undeniably cute. Zora can’t ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother’s big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora’s not sure it’s something she can live with.
What I Loved About Truly Madly Royally
This book is SO CUTE without being eye-roll inducing. I was nervous about reading it because many reviews recommended it, but as “younger YA.” I loved it! Zora’s character is determined and community-centered. Despite running into multiple hurdles throughout the story, she perseveres.
As an unabashed royalty-love-story aficionado, this satisfied all my desires. Yet, the romance is just a fraction of what Truly Madly Royally is about. Zora runs the Walk Me Home Program — an initiative to walk neighborhood kids home instead of having them walk alone. She’s basically the perfect child and I have zero qualms with that. Many YA novels depict “good” kids as lacking fun, adventure, or fulfillment, but Zora’s life is full and satisfying. She doesn’t feel the need to rebel — neither does she need to choose a “bad boy” love interest.
Speaking of which, I enjoyed Owen’s character — polite, thoughtful, and supportive. I also really liked her family and found the tensions between her and her brother and her mother and father to be realistic. When she travels to Landerel with Owen, the book becomes an almost-Hallmark movie, but I have no complaints.
Overall, Truly Madly Royally is a charming young adult novel featuring a positive representation of Black teens. There are also strong undercurrents of community outreach, strong female friendships, and being true to oneself. If you’re a sucker for royal romances, this one will steal your heart.
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Have you read this book? What did you think? What are your favorite royalty-related books? I’d love to know!