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Real love...as seen on TV

Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers--and a massively broken heart. Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named
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Paperback, 432 pages
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Dial Press
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    Jasmine Guillory
    Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Yes indeed, I read this book in one day, thats how much it pulled me in and made me want to keep reading. Its so fun and entertaining and also super smart about body image and the way the media treats women and I loved it a lot. Anyone who watches The Bachelor should totally read this, but I dont watch it and I loved it anyway! ...more
    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    As a plus-sized fashion blogger myself, THIS IS RELEVANT TO MY INTERESTS
    Sara
    Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: romance, fat-people, 2020
    Wow, this book was therapeutic af. Like I could fire my therapist right now. I have honestly never seen an episode of The Bachelor/Bachelorette and that kind of drama is not my kind of drama, so some of this was annoying and boring for me. I didn't like that for most of the book, I had no idea who Bea would end up with. (And no spoilers, but I wasn't that excited about her choice)

    Anyway, the real reason I loved this book tho is for the aforementioned therapy in the guise of the character Bea as
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    Tierney
    Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I'm going to put a quick disclaimer here to fully hammer home how great this book is. In addition to reading advance copies for NetGalley, I also get a lot of ARCs and drafts from fellow authors who ask for feedback, edits, or help with shaping their blurb or summaries. As result, when I am in "READ AND REVIEW" mode, it can be really hard for me to turn off the editor part of my brain, engage as a reader, and just enjoy a book.

    You guys. I didn't just read ONE TO WATCH - I freaking devoured it.
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    Thelma
    Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    When I started reading this book I didn't know what to expect, but as soon as I found what the plot was about I really felt in love with everything about the story. One To Watch what a fantastic book, it is funny, it is hopeful, it has empathy and a lot of feelings that will make your heart swell in a good way.

    One To watch has also the hard moments where Bea faces the cruelness of society wanting to look always perfect at a certain weight and a certain manner. trying to change her into something
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    Heike
    2.7 stars

    Bea, plus-sized full-time fashion blogger, ends up as the main participant in a reality TV show called "Main Squeeze" (aka "Bachelorette"). No surprise that the 25 male candidates are somewhat startled, knowing that these shows usually sport people that are above average handsome in a superficial way.

    I loved the story idea, first of all because I enjoy books about reality TV shows, since they are like a petri dish for hilariously funny scenes, and second because I was so routing for
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    Jennifer
    Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Ooh you guys, I *loved* this one! I'm a sucker for a good rom-com and this one checked all the boxes! A body positive plus sized fashion blogger changing the narrative and breaking boundaries as the 'Main Squeeze' (aka Bachelorette)? Yes please!

    Out this July, 'One to Watch' will be a perfect addition to your beach bag! Add it to your tbr!

    Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for providing me with a copy of the book to review. All opinions are my own.
    Jen Petro-Roy
    Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: adult, arc, ebook, 2020
    Oh my goodness I loved this so much.
    Lily Herman
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I feel like I've hit the romance novel jackpot for over a week, because this is the third or fourth romance I've absolutely loved in as many days.

    Usually I'm incredibly apprehensive when books have a "ripped from the headlines" feel to them. As someone who follows The Bachelor franchise closely, I was unsure how this book was going to translate or if it'd just seem like it was a literal season of the show. But this book was so much more, and I ate it up.

    Two things that struck me about One to
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    Peggy Jaeger
    Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

    I requested this book from Netgalley, never having read anything by this author before, because the blurb sounded exciting.
    Im so glad my request was granted.

    ONE TO WATCH is a RomCom, a modern day treatise on what it means to be a plus sized girl in a skinny sized world, and a satire on how reality TV is anything but.

    Fashion blogger and plus sized girl Bea Schumacher is successful, her fashion blog is off the chain, and she loves watching the reality love connection show MAIN SQUEEZE. Her life is
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    Becky Burrier
    Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
    One to Watch is a delightful women's fiction/romance book that follows Bea Schumacher, a plus-size fashion blogger that after raging about the unrealistic portrayal of women on the fictional Bachelorette style show, Main Squeeze, is tapped to become its next star.

    By being on the show Bea is surrounded by the typical Man Candy one expects on these shows. self-deprecating Bea is not sure what is real and what is for the benefit of the TV. Bea has a hard time navigating the truth. Bea is hit hard
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    Megan
    Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
    One to Watch is a delightful women's fiction/romance book that follows Bea Schumacher, a plus-size fashion blogger that after raging about the unrealistic portrayal of women on the fictional Bachelorette-esque show, Main Squeeze, becomes the next star. Queue lots of very attractive men vying for her affections, but self-critical Bea is never really able to tell what is real, between fat shaming and hesitant kisses, side jokes/sneers and excessively romantic dates. I am no fan of these television ...more
    Crystal
    Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
    Title: One To Watch
    Author: Kate Stayman-London
    Genre: Contemporary New Romance
    **RECEIVED ARC FOR HONEST REVIEW**
    I guess you could say this book is written in a way current generations can understand. You know, those who are all about social media and celebrities? Text messages, Tweets, DM's, etc. You see our heroine goes on reality television so we read the blogs, reviews, and everything else. Also, our heroine is a fashion blogger herself. I have to admit this is a unique and creative way to
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    Pallavi
    Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
    RATING: 3/5 STARS

    I've never watched The Bachelor, but I did watch a few episodes of Love is Blind on Netflix, which prompted me to request this novel to review... The premise (plus-size bachelorette becomes the reluctant star of a reality dating television show) drew me in. And ultimately I enjoyed this read. The main character is bold and likable; I rooted for her throughout. The story was full of action and kept me guessing about which suitor she would ultimately end up with. However, a few
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    Laura
    Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: giveaways
    I was totally enchanted by this terrific book. Bea is plus-size fashion blogger and she's chosen to be the new star of a season on a show like "The Bachelorette". She has lots of struggles, but learns a lot about herself and what she wants in life. I was drawn in by Bea who was funny, smart, glamorous, and a great protagonist to root for. The other characters were well drawn and I could picture the suitors who made in to the end with Bea. I really was unsure who Bea would go for in the end and ...more
    Sue Weiss
    Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Although I don't watch reality romance tv shows, I found this story about a plus-size fashion blogger who appears on a Bachelorette-type show to be a fun read. Not your typical "makeover" story where the heroine can only find true love by dropping dress sizes. I liked Bea and her many self-realizations throughout the novel about how her body size has affected her feelings of self-worth and her relationships. Interspersed throughout the book are realistic ...more
    Maddie butler
    Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you Netgalley for allowing me a ARC of One To Watch.

    👏👏👏👏
    We all have guilty pleasures mine are books and tv series. For fans of the Bachelor/Bachelorette this is your guilty pleasure!

    A lot of work, thought, and creativity went into this novel. Main squeeze is a Reality TV show about one person dating 25 people to try and fall in love. All the Elements of the podcasts, tweets, the reunion show really made this book feel like you were watching a tv show.

    Kate Stayman-London did an amazing job
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    Ashley
    Feb 18, 2020 added it
    Shelves: netgalley
    I was so grateful to see that I had been approved for an ARC of this book because from the second I read the summary I knew that finally, this was a book written for me. I can't get over how much I loved Bea and her story, and I'm eternally grateful to Kate Stayman-London for bringing it all into existence. One to Watch is about reality TV, our eternal quest for love, the power of strong women, friendship, and SO much more. I can't wait to reread it, gift it, and not shut up about it forever.

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    Katie O
    Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    With this gorgeous, empowering romance novel, my Valentine's Day (and possibly entire year) was 100% made. One to Watch took me completely by surprise, in the best of ways. Bea longs for something more, and she finds it in so many unexpected ways. The book packs a punch from the get-go, takes a bit to wind back up, then blows past all expectations. And Bea is RELATABLE--body insecurity and positivity, feeling out true romance, heartbreak, and what it means to truly be family. (Plus, she grew up ...more
    Colleen
    Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: read-in-2020
    *Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy.*

    My fat ass stayed up until 2 am to finish this book in one sitting. It is definitely going to be a fave read of the year.

    I identified with so much in this book. Like, SO MUCH. Its actually helping me to process and deal with some things in my own life, which isnt something I ever thought Id say about a rom-com.

    I just want to buy a zillion copies and hand it out to fat girls everywhere.
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    Michelle P.
    Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    OMGGGGG I absolutely LOVED this! Bachelorette meets Dumplin in this wonderful book about Bea, a plus-sized blogger/Insta influencer turned lead on a Bachelorette type of show just looking for love. This comes out in July and is THE perfect beach read. Dont sleep on this.

    *Thanks NetGalley & Dial Press for the ARC!
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    Emily
    Feb 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
    I..... need this.
    Angelina Barrett
    Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This is a great book and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys third person romance books.
    Katie
    Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Loved. Absolutely loved. (I'll write a better review later, but that's what I've got right now)
    Karma♥Bites ^.~
    **ARC provided by Dial Press/Random House via NetGalley**

    Anyone wanna join me in BR?
    The Reading Writer- Angie Simmons
    A plus-sized fashion blogger, a reality TV show with 25 suitors, a story told in different formats- I am obsessed with this book.

    I just want to turn right around and read it again, and I think anyone that reads it will feel the same.

    Stop reading this review and read One to Watch.

    Five stars to this amazing book that will be a huge summer smash.

    Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    Hannah Ireland
    Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The only disappointing thing about this book is that Kate Stayman-London hasn't written anymore. I related to this character more than I have with any other book I've read. I laughed and teared up more times than I can count. Absolutely loved it!
    Stephanie Panach
    Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Some books hit closer to home than others. This book has a lot of meaning and gets right to the heart of what it means to be loved and feel lovable. It also cuts to the heart of the lack of diversity in mainstream media and particularly romance. Diversity in body types, skin color and sexuality.

    Bea is a plus-sized fashion blogger. Her life story is probably extremely familiar to a lot of women - smart, pretty, outgoing - but fat. Bea is judged harshly by just about everyone for her size - which
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    Genny
    Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to Netgalley, Random House Publishing, and Kate Stayman-London for the ARC of One to Watch in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars! I rate different categories that are important to me personally in a book, and the take an average of the scores to get my overall rating. I dont share this rubric, because everyone has their own preferences, and should rate
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    Jessie May
    Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    As a devoted fan of Bachelor Nation, I was so excited to receive an advanced copy of One to Watch. Since there are currently no Bachelor shows on air right now, this was the perfect thing to fill the Chris Harrison-shaped hole in my heart!

    Bea is a plus-sized fashionista and Instagram influencer. When the hit television show Main Squeeze (basically the Bachelor with a different name and a few details changed) asks her to be their new lead, she says yes, hoping to grow her brand and possibly find
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