Review: Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

When I found out Rachel Hawkins was releasing a f/f young adult romance, I was ready. And then when I found out it was set in a boarding school i just became even more ecstatic. When I got my hands on Her Royal Highness I finished the book in a single evening, probably because of how starved I’ve become for good f/f content.

Now the promise of a f/f romance is what brought me into the book, and it’s what kept me there as well. It’s written amazingly and the romance aspect plays as big a part in this story as it would in the majority of het young adult books. That’s to say the story isn’t focused on the MC coming to terms with their sexuality and coming out to those around them. Instead we get a fluffy love story akin to those aimed at f/m audiences.

The romance is just backed up further by the characters, the cast of characters are all great but especially Millie and Flora. They’re believable teenagers, and the development they go through is great, going from being rivals in a sense to being head over heels in love with each other. It’s a dynamic we don’t see much in f/f literature so I very much enjoyed reading Hawkins’ rendition of it.

I might just be starved for good f/f representation in ya but I have a very hard time finding any major negative things about this book. Everything from the way the characters interacted, to the way the settings were described. Even the fact that it centres on royalty didn’t bother me, which it would in any other young adult book.

All in all this is a book I’d very much recommend for anyone looking for f/f ya books. Not just f/f books, it’s a great story and anyone interested in reading young adult romance should read this book. It does romance so well that you’ll be able to enjoy it even if you’re not specifically looking for f/f relationships. But especially if that is what you’re looking for then I’ll recommend this.

This book is a breath of fresh air in all the ya romance books, which are majorly heterosexual. It’s a great romance between two teenage girls, but if that isn’t enough to make you want to read it then it’s also just a great romance novel overall.






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