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

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  6,621 ratings  ·  887 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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Dutton Books
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May 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
I am not sure why I wanted to read Bachelor Nation. I only watched the first season of Bachelor when it aired in Finland, and hardly recall more of it other than not liking Alex Michel and knowing he would not choose Trista, who I liked much better than the chosen "good girl" whose name I do not remember.

So, okay. I am reading a book about a reality tv-show I do not follow (not even the Finnish version of it) and is not exactly my cup of coca-cola as a whole - The Bachelor men are never my type.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Renee (
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 (splitreads)
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.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alanna Why
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
Stephanie (That's What She Read)
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.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Allegra Poschmann
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Great audio! She should narrate all audiobooks.
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
Tara - Running 'n' Reading
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Amanda McGill
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
Robin Bonne
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I went into this expecting a behind the scenes look at the production of a reality tv show, which there isn’t very much of in the book. There is a lot of info about previous contestants of the show, so a true fan of the show would probably enjoy this more than I did.
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars
This was a super juicy and addictive exploration of the bachelor franchise. I highly recommend to any fans of the the reality tv show.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves
[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
Gina Morphy
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carmen Marie
3.5 Stars

I've often said that I'd like to see some scholarly work written about The Bachelor franchise. I've never been a devoted fan, but I have been watching more regularly since Chris Soules's stint as the Bachelor. I watch with a critical eye, but I'm not going to lie. I also watch because somehow this frothy confection lets me relax in ways that other programming doesn't, but let's be honest. The whole concept of The Bachelor is just ridiculous! I've been waiting for someone to write a cult
Danielle Bessette
This book pretty much capitulates all the desires I’ve had to intellectualize my love of The Bachelor franchise, giving the proper history, context, and -- of course -- juicy backstage details. I couldn't put it down.

The introduction made me wary; Kaufman's fun and approachable style -- the kind you'd find in a Cosmo article (not that this is necessarily negative; after all, I do indulge in Cosmo... let's just say I have my fair share of guilty pleasures) -- made me wary that this book would be
Jenny Bunting
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
A comprehensive and well-researched piece of non-fiction, I found this engaging and critical of your fave that is problematic. As someone who has a love-hate relationship with Bachelor franchise shows, I found this highly readable and informative. It's what I want any memoir about the Bachelor to be and I am very glad I read it.

Additionally, I listened to the audiobook. The author read the audiobook and she did a great job. Good job Amy.
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