Random. (American Royals: Bk. 2). Sept. 2020. 384p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781984830210.
Gr 9 Up–His Majesty George IV has passed and it is time for Queen Beatrice to rule. But is she ready to be the queen her people need? It is hard to tell since she is inundated with wedding plans instead of being able to focus on ruling. Also, her advisors and the government do not seem ready for a female leader. She must figure out how to change their minds. This sequel to American Royals, much like the first, is filled with relationship drama, backstabbing, lies, and love. Queen Beatrice is finding unexpected love with Teddy while trying to forget Connor. Princess Sam makes a bargain with a famous young man named Marshall to pretend to be in a relationship to make their past loves jealous. Prince Jefferson is trying to move past his breakup with Nina and runs back to the scheming Daphne. Nina finds love with Ethan, Prince Jefferson's best friend. With each new secret uncovered, friendships are tested. But like most teenage relationships, tempers burn hot but cool quickly. McGee’s sequel is just as gripping as the first. The royal family is white, Marshall is Black, and Nina is Latina.
VERDICT While illustrating the benefits of friendship and relationships, McGee helps readers realize the importance of being independent and believing in yourself.

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