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. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that's like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.

Truly Madly Royally Details

TitleTruly Madly Royally
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 30th, 2019
PublisherPoint
ISBN-139781338332728
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Truly Madly Royally Review

  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    If royal romances make you squee and swoon, this one’s for you. It is a lovely, wish-fulfilling type of story that will fill your heart with hope and wonder and make you wish for your very own Owen. (See what I did there? :D)Debbie Rigaud’s writing and narration styles reminded me of Kasie West’s, seeing that both authors are straight-forward, eloquent, emphasize dialog over description and both are great at developing heroines and love-interests that appeal to teenagers.But while both authors s If royal romances make you squee and swoon, this one’s for you. It is a lovely, wish-fulfilling type of story that will fill your heart with hope and wonder and make you wish for your very own Owen. (See what I did there? :D)Debbie Rigaud’s writing and narration styles reminded me of Kasie West’s, seeing that both authors are straight-forward, eloquent, emphasize dialog over description and both are great at developing heroines and love-interests that appeal to teenagers.But while both authors seem to prefer fast-paced stories, Debbie Rigaud is on fire. This is not a good thing, unless all you want is for a book to entertain you for an afternoon and you care little if you remember it afterwards or not. The problem here is that events unfold one after another in a very quick succession and I don’t know if what I just said made sense but I don’t care because this is how the book went anyways. Something happens and you’re like WOW WHAT? but the author already moved on to something else so you better keep up or you’re left behind. I make it sound awful—it’s not—but I really would have wished for some scenes to be longer, slower, more detailed. Emily is a character that should have been discussed much more. She is tremendously important to Owen and a person Zora wonders about, and yet Kelsey—a ‘‘villain’’ in the story—is discussed much more than this Emily who seems like such an amazing person. I guess it’s because Emily is dead and Kelsey is alive (not a spoiler) but still. But hey, I had fun reading this book. I’m not sure I’ll remember much from it in a couple of months because of how fast it was, but I do believe I’ll remember Zora and adorable Owen for longer than the plot itself.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI LOVED Zora who was such a queen but the love interest Owen was boring. For a prince, he was so...drab. Meh. No chemistry. Zora deserved better. Owen, summed up, was just...polite. He wasn't really charming. He wasn't anything remarkable. Zora is still awesome though, so .5 stars for her!!!Still cute & v underrated. Good lower YA reading rec!
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  • Sofia
    January 1, 1970
    i'm a simple woman. if the love interest is royalty, i'm interested.
  • Miri ♪ Book Dragoness ♪
    January 1, 1970
    Ah! This sounds like a fun romp.
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    I really love books that feature royalty. There is just something that draws me in and gets me excited about a glimpse into what the lifestyle would be like. The comparison to The Princess Diaries gives me lots of hope that this is going to be a lot of fun to read.
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  • Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
    January 1, 1970
    A cute and innocent interracial summer romance with some fun puns and banter but a confusing rhythm. Review to come.
  • Kim Baccellia
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, light romantic tale where a protagonist of color meets a prince while attending an elite summer program. What I really loved about this tale is how Zora is strong, goal oriented, and not someone to wait for a guy to sweep her off her feet. Hints of Megan Markle meets Prince Harry.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Endlessly charming, positive, and funny, a hometown rom com with a twist!
  • Shorouk Abd Elhamed
    January 1, 1970
    The cover is really cute and I need beautiful royalty story in my life.
  • Stephanie Bange
    January 1, 1970
    Note: Reviewed from an ARC. Columbus, OH author Debbie Rigaud’s debut book is a sweet, light, innocent high school rom-com between a girl from New Jersey and a boy, who just happens to be a prince from a small country off the coast of England. The two are attending a summer enrichment program and run into each other in the stacks of the ivy-league university library. A phone mix-up gets the two to meet face to face and sparks fly. Owen is smitten and invites Zora to attend his brother’s wedding Note: Reviewed from an ARC. Columbus, OH author Debbie Rigaud’s debut book is a sweet, light, innocent high school rom-com between a girl from New Jersey and a boy, who just happens to be a prince from a small country off the coast of England. The two are attending a summer enrichment program and run into each other in the stacks of the ivy-league university library. A phone mix-up gets the two to meet face to face and sparks fly. Owen is smitten and invites Zora to attend his brother’s wedding later in the summer. She is thrust suddenly into the spotlight and finds she must work to find balance and be true to herself. Zora exudes confidence and leadership throughout. Years ago, she had set up a mentor program with elementary students in her hometown, still volunteering with it. Owen is a dreamboat -- quiet and reserved -- though he is tailed by his security guards and paparazzi everywhere he goes. Did I mention that he is white and she is African American? This tale of biracial teen love will be a fun summer read – easy and breezy with lots of conversation and action, -- comparisons to the fairy tale romance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be made (Owen is “ginger-haired”; Zora is POC). Readers will see themselves in this story – regardless of race. Rigaud’s tale is hip and trendy, sprinkling in tidbits about the lives of the rich and famous (for example, the It girl Kelsey’s family drives a Tesla), which will make this story dated soon, but it’s a paperback with a great cover. Lovers of The Princess Diaries will scoop this one up! Optional purchase for grades 6-9
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    This rom-com is everything I needed and more. Zora is not just a love-struck girl looking for someone to save her. She is a strong, confident black woman who aspires to be a leader in her community. She just so happens to find the one person who she instantly connects with is a Prince. This book is full of fresh, witty, laugh out loud dialogue that I couldn’t get enough of. I also was LIVING for the mentions of natural hair throughout. I was swooning right alongside Zora and rooting for her from This rom-com is everything I needed and more. Zora is not just a love-struck girl looking for someone to save her. She is a strong, confident black woman who aspires to be a leader in her community. She just so happens to find the one person who she instantly connects with is a Prince. This book is full of fresh, witty, laugh out loud dialogue that I couldn’t get enough of. I also was LIVING for the mentions of natural hair throughout. I was swooning right alongside Zora and rooting for her from beginning to end. This is the perfect summer read and I know that lovers of Kasie West and To All The Boys will be flocking to this one in July!!
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  • My-Lea
    January 1, 1970
    Randomly picked up this arc at Bookcon and I am happy I did. It was the perfect quick read. It was a super cute story and Zora the main character is so fierce and someone I can see young readers looking up to. This book I think does an amazing job explaining the power and importance of seeing someone like you and how that can make doors appear that you never even noticed.The friendship between Zora and her best friend Skye is the kind of friendship you hope everyone can have the kind that both p Randomly picked up this arc at Bookcon and I am happy I did. It was the perfect quick read. It was a super cute story and Zora the main character is so fierce and someone I can see young readers looking up to. This book I think does an amazing job explaining the power and importance of seeing someone like you and how that can make doors appear that you never even noticed.The friendship between Zora and her best friend Skye is the kind of friendship you hope everyone can have the kind that both people positivily motivate each other and honestly I want a sequel focused on their senior year together on the path to college.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Super sweet meet-cute and romance building. I especially like how Rigaud works in race and an interracial relationship expertly never denying who Zora is and her world but also not "othering" anyone in the process. The biggest thing is the intense scrutiny on Owen which does make things awkward and reasonably so. Great voice of Zora and a breeze to read and fun! Would highly recommend this book for young YA readers, especially girls of color as this has a wonderful social justice aspect to Zora' Super sweet meet-cute and romance building. I especially like how Rigaud works in race and an interracial relationship expertly never denying who Zora is and her world but also not "othering" anyone in the process. The biggest thing is the intense scrutiny on Owen which does make things awkward and reasonably so. Great voice of Zora and a breeze to read and fun! Would highly recommend this book for young YA readers, especially girls of color as this has a wonderful social justice aspect to Zora's hopes and also her community building.
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  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    A diverse meet cute between a young activist and a crown prince, Truly Madly Royally hits all the marks of a good rom-com with grace and panache. This is a good recommendation for anyone who loves The Princess Diaries or Rachel Hawkin's Prince Charming.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I needed a quick, silly read after the last book I finished, and this delivered. Predictable plot, likeable characters. The writing was a little choppy, but a fun book.
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