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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 Chad! But Bea is sick and t ...more
Hardcover, Book of the Month, 423 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Penguin Random House
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Cindy
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such an addicting rom-com book with so many twists and turns, just like binging a guilty pleasure TV show! You can tell this is lovingly crafted for reality TV viewers because it has so many juicy plot developments and drama. I appreciate that the story became more than just reality show shenanigans and also tapped into the protagonist’s own emotional journey with self-love and acceptance. The addition of blog posts, magazine articles, tweets, etc. really reflected our culture and how we ...more
Bethany
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: botm
*Note: I also have a 17-minute video review of this one! https://youtu.be/TdfRiQLbq_A

This is one of the most FRUSTRATING books I have read in a long time! It had the potential to be truly incredible, but in my opinion really dropped the ball. This could have used another round of edits and sensitivity readers who might have caught some things. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people give high ratings to this though because

1) It has a fantastic concept! The first plus-size woman on a Bachelor
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I went into this one without really having any expectations and it ended up BLOWING ME AWAY. I loved this SO MUCH. I can't find the words to express how much it meant to me to see a fat girl THRIVING the way that Bea thrived in this book. I'm seriously just so happy. This book was fantastic. If you're like me and you also love love, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. It was SO MUCH FUN. I CAN'T STOP YELLING IN CAPS LOCK ABOUT IT YOU JUST NEED TO READ IT. Also- I highly recommend the audiobook! It was r ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my fast, smart, entertaining, feel-good books!

It’s refreshing, relaxing and motivational. This is not only plus size fashion blogger’s journey to find her love of her life, it’s her inner journey to realize she deserved to be loved, cared and she have to make peace with her appearance and inner fears to live brighter future she dreamed of.

Bea Schumacher’s life changes when she takes a trip in Paris (lately I read so much books about the city and I start to believe it has its own magica
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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ONE TO WATCH is a book that perfectly captures all of the cringe of reality television, while also providing a pitch-perfect look at the behind-the-scenes manipulation of the reality TV industry, the way people view women's bodies, and what it means to be an empowered woman in a society filled with double-standards. This could have been a heinous, horrible book in the wrong hands, but in Stayman-London's hands, it became a new fave.



Bod
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Bibi
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
*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-Londo
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Jasmine Guillory
Yes indeed, I read this book in one day, that’s how much it pulled me in and made me want to keep reading. It’s 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 don’t watch it and I loved it anyway!
chan ☆
probably wouldn't have picked this up on my own since it leans more women's fic/chick lit (hate those terms but dunno what else to call this) than romance BUT this was really good

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Gabby
This was so cute. If you’re a fan of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette then I feel like this is a must read. This book centers on this romantic reality show called Main Squeeze, which is obviously very much inspired by The Bachelorette. Our main character Bea is a plus size fashion blogger and she publicly criticizes the show for not having more diverse body types on the show. Then, the show asks her to be the star of the next season, and 25 men are selected to fight for her attention and date he ...more
Heather
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-adult
Gah this was just perfection.
Bookishrealm
2.5 Stars

So...

This was not the fat rep that I was looking for. Don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed the premise of the book. I love reality shows and I love reality shows that have a touch of romance. This book definitely was written in a way in which it grabs the readers attention and it makes you feel as though you're desperate to figure out/know who Bea ends up with in the end. I was always anxiously awaiting the next "episode" in the book to figure out who was going to stay and who was going
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Larry H
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Boy, I sure did love this one!!

Bea Schumacher is a popular plus-size fashion blogger, determined to show women they can look and feel beautiful, no matter what the fashion world and others may demonstrate.

But while she demonstrates confidence and pride outwardly, she doesn’t always feel worthy inside. And when the one man she’s been in love with forever leaves her hanging and hurting one time too many, she wonders if she’ll ever find the right person.

After a ranting blog post about a popular dat
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Brandice
In One to Watch, plus-size fashion blogger Bea critiques the stereotypical casting of reality dating show Main Squeeze. Following her post, which goes viral, Bea is offered the chance to star in the next season of the show. After some hesitation, she decides to accept, maintaining the mindset that she will not fall for any of the men.

Bea meets a variety of bachelors on Main Squeeze, some she’s skeptical of, and others she’s immediately drawn to. She does question their motives, and her insecuri
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Merphy Napier
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, romance
I loved how focused this was on real live struggles and how our MC fought against her own insecurities as well as how the people around treated her. I loved our MC's fight, and her arc.

I do wish there was more focus on the guys because I didn't really care who won, as I didn't really know any of them very well. I didn't need a lot more, just enough that I could have gotten attached and cared with how the show turned out.

Fantastic read. Def recommend.
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Nerdy Bird
May 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
This review can be found on my blog, here.

Whenever Bea stepped into patisserie to order something for herself, there were ripples of sideward glances, even occasional bald stares, the accusation always implied: It's your own fault you look like this."

"Even though my date didn't say or do anything to make me feel unattractive, being in that bar surrounded by thin people (ah, Los Angeles), it was perilously easy to backslide into this ubiquitous idea that I'd be so much more happier if only
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Olive Fellows (abookolive)
Anyone with a reality show addiction can confirm that body shapes aren’t that diverse in our favorite shows. Appearances rank high across the lifestyle, dating, or competition-based programs we know and love, and the contestants seem to be selected based upon how well they fit a “traditionally” attractive mold. But in One to Watch, Kate Stayman-London’s debut novel, a plus-sized woman becomes the one to catch in a Bachelorette-style dating show.

In the early pages, Bea Schumacher uses her popular
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Christy
3.5 stars



I’m SO conflicted with this one. First off, I absolutely five star loved the first half. I thought it was so fantastic. I could relate to Bea and I found myself laughing out loud at so many parts. It was funny and heartwarming and just everything. 50-80% was also good, but then right after 80% things took a turn for me and I didn’t love all the drama and twists and turns. It was just too much for this reader. The last 5% I also really liked but that 15% towards the end brought my rati
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Warda
Let’s get all cheesy and cliche and say that I can’t express how much this book means to me. Bea’s story hit me where it hurt the most and I adored it. Too much.
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
thought i was going to meet the fictional version of ✦ Ashley Graham ✦, but what i got was a DUD. who am i kidding, right?? apparently, thats just too much to ask. 😭

heres another plus-size heroine portrayed as,

➝ 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
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Em Lost In Books
I should not have picked this as I belong to the category who think the "reality tv" is scripted down to each word. Whatever is said and tried to show is for publicity and put on a show for to win the ratings and momentous fame. In this time of internet you are famous in the morning but by the evening everyone forget about you because there is always someone new to take/steal that fame. But I try to read something light for weekend reads, that cover and that blurb sold me the book despite my res ...more
Jessica
Nov 21, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 150 pages.

This was a big yikes and so far from a book for me. It just might be me, but I could not stand anything about this book. Bea is NOT body positive whatsoever, even though she's a plus-size fashion blogger. Everyone was so nasty to her about there weight and she was so insecure about it. This is definitely not the book it was marketed as.

I urge you to check out Bethany's review because she said everything I was thinking!
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Tatiana
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, 2021
I know you all are dying for an update. I am now 3 seasons into the Bachelor franchise, and I am happy to report that the book is indeed better than the show. However, I think I maybe hooked into the whole Bachelor discourse (especially the latest season), and I can't wait to see what new lows this pandemic is going to make me reach.
_________
1) This is not a romance novel.

2) I have never had any desire to watch Bachelor/Bachelorette.

3) Do I need to start watching Bachelor/Bachelorette?

This boo
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Tina
This is romance. I loved the character Bea, and I liked that she was plus size. I also like this bring up some of the problems with being plus size. I really did not like how the book changed between normal text, to emails, phone texts, messages, blogs posts, and more. It just took so much from the book for me, and that is the only reason I give it two stars. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher or author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review , and I want to sen ...more
Corina
Although the topic of a Bachelorette show on its own was only somewhat of interest to me, making the show the plot of a contemporary romance book was pretty original and a well conceived concept.

But I must also admit that I was at times conflicted with the book. On one side it was quite entertaining. I think it took me maybe three days to finish the audiobook. That’s a pretty fast turnaround, and it’s a clear sign that I enjoyed it. On the other side I was physically hurt by some of the things t
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Berit☀️✨
ONE TO WATCH is ONE TO READ!

This book was SO FUN! I am a proud member of Bachelor Nation and this book was seriously better than any season of the show. Bea would have hands-down been my favorite Bachelorette ever. But I don’t think you need to have watch the show to love this book. This is without a doubt one of the most authentic, entertaining, and diverse books I’ve ever read. Kate Staymam-London has elevated the chick lit genre with this engaging story.

Bea is a popular plus size influence
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Theresa Alan
3.5 stars

Bea is a plus-size blogger and a fan of the TV show Main Squeeze, a Bachelor/Bachelorette-type franchise. I’ve never watched either of those shows and get embarrassed just hearing about them when I watch talk shows that show clips. It wasn’t that much easier reading this novel and being behind the scenes when Bea gets asked to be the first plus-size female lead with 25 men vying for her hand in marriage. It was tough seeing how some of the men talked about her size behind her back and s
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aarya
2020 Fall Bingo (#fallintorombingo🍁): ‪Plus-size Heroine on the Cover‬

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2.5 stars

Sooo... I have no idea how to rate this. I truly don’t. I devoured it in a few hours once my library hold came in, but I also disliked so many things? I couldn’t quit, either. It’s like, I know I’m reading something that scratches my trash id but also the Smart Criticism part of my brain is saying, “Hold on, what the fuck just hap
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JEN A
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review. The release date for this book was 7 July 2020

To fully appreciate this book I believe you have to be a fan of the show the bachelor which I am not. This was a relatively easy read and one that I think a lot of people will like, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. This was definitely written with millennials in mind and the ending was rather predictable. It did touch on some very good topics with
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

Despite being a true purveyor of trash television, I come here confessing to all of you that I have never watched even one episode of either The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. From what I can see via the commercials, SNL pretty much has nailed it on the head when it comes to its skits regarding this franchise. The females became super famous for things like . . . .



And now have lucrative careers such as . . . .



Who have zero cha
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Katie B
3.5 stars

I wasn't quite sure if I would like this one given it features a reality dating show plot and I'm not into watching those types of shows. Thankfully I did enjoy this book and I'm sure part of that is due to the fact the main character was fairly easy to root for as opposed to some of the vapid contestants on shows like The Bachelorette/The Bachelor.

Bea Schumacher is a popular plus size fashion influencer. When the producer of the reality dating show, Main Squeeze, asks Bea to star on t
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