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Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  9,503 ratings  ·  1,180 reviews
The first definitive, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise, America's favorite guilty pleasure

For fifteen years and thirty-five seasons, the Bachelor franchise has been a mainstay in American TV viewers' lives. Since it premiered in 2002, the show's popularity and relevance has only grown--more than eight million viewers tuned in to se
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320 pages
Published March 6th 2018
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Crumb
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it


Grab some popcorn.. kick back.. and enjoy this guilty pleasure! Light, fun, and incredibly addictive.. especially if you are a fan of The Bachelor. Some chapters were more interesting than others.. but overall.. a fascinating glimpse into the behind-the-scenes production of The Bachelor franchise.
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Ashley
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I guess I set my expectations too high for this book, because my only thought when I finished reading it was “is that it?”

For a book that’s supposed to be about what happens behind the scenes of The Bachelor, it revealed surprisingly little. This could be because I regularly read recaps and blog posts by former contestants, from which Kaufman seems to have drawn much of her material. The only interviews she scored for the book were with contestants who have already been outspoken about their exp
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Malia
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction

Now that I've outed myself as a Bachelor viewer, I might as well embrace it and fully delve into it. You can't watch this show without being a little critical, or at least I can't. That being said, there's light-hearted snark and then there's mocking. I felt this book fell into the later category. Kaufman is building a career as an author on the Bachelor, so I felt she was often a little too mean about everything involved in the show, including it's fans. The tone of the book is a mixture of gos
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Renee (itsbooktalk)
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
My secret is out....I'm a Bachelor Fan! Of course, my immediate family and a few friends know I love The Bachelor and Bachelorette shows but it's not something I regularly admit to watching. I know I'm not alone since I've been seeing comments for this book pop up on Goodreads from others who start off by saying The Bachelor is their guilty pleasure show. And a secret. Well, Amy Kaufman has now put our #BachelorNation obsession into coherent words with her engaging, witty book. Seriously, how ha ...more
vanessa
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun ride, mostly because Kaufman is a good narrator. She is authoritative/journalistic at times (aka getting us some dirt and behind-the-scenes info, teaching us some Bachelor history, walking us through what it is like to be on this show). And... she is a total fan at other times. I definitely flew through this on audio and enjoyed every minute. I am Bachelor trash, but whatever, Kaufman gets me.
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Well, now that I've outed myself as a Bachelor fan, I'll say that I was hoping for more behind the scenes gossip and drama, but unfortunately that's not what I got. The book itself was a little boring, and I found myself zoning out while reading it.
JULIE ☼
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Read this review on Julie's Bookshelf

I’m going to lead into this one by saying… Amy, you are HILARIOUS, like really hilarious. From page one Amy had me beyond entertained and this book read as if I was engaging in a conversation with a friend. How many times did I find myself giggling you ask? Well, as if it was an interruption, my dear husband asked me on one too many occasions why I was laughing while my nose was in this book. It's seriously such an entertaining read.

Now, if your impression is
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Amy
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I’m assuming anyone who has Bachelor Nation on their TBR is either a fan of the show or they “hate” watch it like I do. If you’ve never watched the show then this book won’t appeal to you at all, but if you haven’t HOW have you escaped it?! It’s such a pop culture phenomenon that I’m genuinely curious.

Back to hate watching, I use that term because every time I decide to tune into a new season I wind up regretting it. I watched the first few seasons religiously then got bored and stopped. A few y
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Britany
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I ❤ the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise!

Amy Kaufman had the golden ticket, she was part of the press junket that got to go behind the scenes of the Bachelor franchise until she was kicked out of the coveted circle.

She starts and ends by saying how much she loves watching the show, even given the troubling light it's presented in. She takes it for entertainment and she's a hopeless romantic, so ends up rooting for these couples. She tells us the background of the creator, Mike Fleiss- she introdu
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Alanna Why
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I skim-read this in 90 minutes at Chapters this afternoon while sipping a Starbucks tea latte because I am secretly B-A-S-I-C. I started watching The Bachelor in high school when I was very sad because watching pretty people cry can make you feel really good about yourself if you are in A Bad Place. Since then, I have dipped in and out of being a member of Bachelor Nation. Often, I will watch only watch the show if someone else in my life happens to be watching it, a dynamic which my boyfriend h ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kaethe by: vee
Disclaimer: I have never watched The Bachelor nor any of it's spin offs or specials. I never think to watch something unless another family member specifically asks if I'd like to watch something with them. Otherwise I'm reading a book from my always-extensive pile in the other room. So I'm not going to talk about a series I haven't watched, I'm going to talk about the book.

And oh, what a fine book it is. Kaufman strikes a brilliant balance between reporting academic research on related topics,
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Allegra Poschmann
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Perhaps my expectations were too high for this book, but I expected it to be a more incisive take on the wildly popular television franchise. Instead, the book lands somewhere between editorialized non-fiction (memoir?), an armchair psychologist's fever dream and a handful of pages recapping a select few (like 5) former contestants experiences on the show.

I understand The Bachelor has a robust legal team and forces its contestants to sign insane NDAs in order to participate, and thus would make
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Stephanie (That's What She Read)
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic
This was a lot of fun. I had low expectations because I listen to a few Bachelor podcasts with contestant interviews (I know! I know!) and I thought I mostly understood the setup. Wrong! There was so much I learned from this book. Amy is a great and funny narrator. Each chapter is separated by a celebrity essay on why they're a fan, including Diablo Cody, Amy Schumer and Paul Scheer. I recommend this person to any fan of the Bachelor franchise.
Claire
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2019, audio
Kaufman has truly written the cultural history of The Bachelor that we all need in our lives. This book strikes the perfect balance between gossipy discussion of contestants, description of how it all works behind the scenes, and analysis of the show as a cultural phenomenon. Equally an expose, and anthropological study- I couldn’t have asked for more from this, it had me completely enthralled. Oh, and Kaufman reads the audio herself and it’s fabulous.
Di
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I cannot believe I wasted my time to read this book. It was supposed to be a behind the scenes take on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. I did not learn anything new. It reaffirmed my thoughts that the show manipulates their contestants, and edits. No surprise. No juicy details.
Carrie Poppy
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Well-researched and fun, but I’ll forget about it in two days.
Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)
I throughly enjoyed this. Not as much as I enjoy The Bachelor or The Bachelorette but I thought Kaufman did a nice job researching and presenting background information about the franchise and the reality phenomena in general. Nothing was overly surprising ... of course I’ve assumed everything on the show is manipulated and edited for viewer entertainment. Also being in the legal field I always suspected there are iron clad non disclosure agreements for every employee and contestant and particip ...more
Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
3.5 stars, rounding down because it doesn’t quite deliver on its promises. While it gives a nice look into the behind the scenes world of the bachelor, the time spent BTS is comparably unequal to the time spent doing somewhat shallow psych research on why people go on the bachelor, why people watch the bachelor, and why the bachelor is so terrible.

The intro and the audiobook are also terrible, with the author (& narrator) spending too much time talking about herself and throwing shade with and
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Julia
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
The best thing about this book was that my Kindle said I had 30% left to read but thankfully I was actually at the end. I really could’ve done without the history lesson on Mike Fleiss and reality dating shows. I kept reading because I thought there would be something juicy but I learned nothing new about the bachelor franchise from reading this book.
Tara - Running 'n' Reading
If you're reading this post, chances are high that you are a fan of The Bachelor franchise; "fan" may be an exaggeration, but this includes those of you who watch episodes and clips, here and there, so that you can snark on either The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, and their corresponding potential loves, with your friends.

'We don’t want to see them getting married. We just want to see them getting proposed to, because the idea of someone wanting to spend the rest of their life with you is bette
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Camryn
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have no problem saying I watch The Bachelor. It's a tradition I've had for years to get together with my girls and scream "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!" at the TV and add non-stop commentary like Mystery Science Theater 3000 (terrible dating version). But most importantly? Watching this kinda dumb show actually allows a group of women to get together and connect. It gives us the opportunity for us strengthen our tribe. It lets us solidify our friendships, talk about our own life experiences, and past ...more
Catherine
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Great audio! She should narrate all audiobooks.
Amanda McGill
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
For full review - The Limit of Books Does Not Exist

Hi, I’m Amanda and I’m a “fan” of the Bachelor franchise. I use the term fan loosely because I mostly watch because of the drama, not for the romance. Based on everything that happened last season (with what Arie and the producers did to Becca), I’m thinking of taking a break from the series. Anyways, I wanted to know the dirt behind America’s favourite guilty pleasure and I thought that this was going to be the perfect book since Amy was never
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Eve
This was a fairly interesting read! I was hoping for more detailed and scandalous dirt, but the author sounds like she did her due diligence in trying to get people to open up. She conducted a ton of interviews with people who were willing to talk, and I really commend her research efforts for this book!

Honestly, most of what is revealed in the book will come as no surprise to Bachelor fans unless you really buy into the romance it tries to sell, especially if you also watch UnREAL. In revealing
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Kath ❅
3.5 stars!

I have never watched an episode of the Bachelor. I don't say that to be holier than thou, I just have never really watched much TV that I didn't watch with my mom or my sister and my mom hates reality TV. I watched one episode of Unreal, the Lifetime show based on the bachelor, but because I didn't have the reference point of the Bachelor, I wasn't interested. However, I've always been intrigued in a sociological manner in reality TV. I've listened to podcasts since I was 10 and that i
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Sarah at Sarah's Bookshelves
[3.5 stars]

Thank you to Dutton Books and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book.

I’m an unapologetic fan of The Bachelor and am fascinated by all the behind-the-scenes drama. So, I’m almost the perfect reader for this book (my downfall is that I already know a lot of this stuff from reading Reality Steve). Kaufman investigates The Bachelor‘s cultural place in America, how producers get contestants to give them good TV, how and why contestants think they fall in love over such a short period
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Jen
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 - Rounded up, because it's a book about The Bachelor, duh. Overall, this was a quick, interesting read even if it didn't really reveal as many salacious secrets as I had hoped. I enjoyed the history behind the franchise (erect nipples on The Dating Game what?! Mall Masters - yes!) as well as the celebrity takes on why they love The Bachelor in between chapters (where were Jenny Mollen and Jason Biggs?). It felt like Kaufman wrote this book for all of the feminists out there who watch The B ...more
Katharine
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I started watching The Bachelor in its very first season and it quickly became addictive. I did stop watching it a few seasons ago, but can't help but tune into a finale or two. While I knew the show was manipulative, I had no idea to what extent. It's utterly fascinating -- and a little disturbing -- the lengths to which they go to create the story they want. I'll be watching this show with a whole new perspective after reading this book. Whether you're a member of #bachelornation or an on agai ...more
Gina Morphy
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick and easy read. Although it may not be juicy enough for some people, Bachelor Nation provides a lot of good insight into the franchise. From initial casting secrets to manipulation by producers to the post-Bachelor fame and advertising stints, this book was enjoyable to read. It was interesting to hear behind-the-scenes commentary from ex-cast-mates. Bachelor Nation does not ruin the enjoyment of the show, but provides fans with inside information that makes one look at everything a littl ...more
Rebekah O'Dell
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
No, I am not ashamed of this four-star rating. This book was legitimately smart, enjoyable, and well-written —full of behind the scenes dish I didn’t know in spite of watching seasons of unReal. This was a fun one.
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