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417 pages, Paperback
First published July 7, 2020
*5+ stars* *Spoilers*
One to Watch is a story with nuance, profundity and a cast of diverse characters. I was wrung out and palpably affected by Bea and her not so merry band of suitors.
Note to authors: This is how you represent people. A plus-sized lead. A Black co-lead (who isn't the bad guy) and an Asian love interest who isn't the stereotypical tech nerd. Likewise, myriad sexual preferences were respectfully depicted. I swear this author exceeded expectations I never knew I had.
Stayman-London has now joined a small but elite group of authors who use their platform and brand in advocacy for those who've been oppressed and underrepresented. She's definitely one to watch.
Audio book source: Libby (library borrow)
Story Rating: 3.5 stars
Narrator: Kristen Sieh
Narration Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary fiction/women’s fiction
Length: 11 hours and 42 minutes
➝ strong & confident on the outside but whiny & deeply insecure on the inside,
➝ always suspicious of people looking at her and afraid they’ll only see her weight,
➝ doesnt believe that conventionally attractive men could be into her; YET she—
➝ spends yearsss pining after one of those exact type of men and lets him yank her chains any chance he gets; she also—
➝ plays into the stereotypes she claims she wants to subvert.