One to Watch by: Kate Stayman-London

Publication Date: July 7, 2020

Description from Goodreads

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 Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?

Just when Bea has sworn off dating altogether, she gets an intriguing call: Main Squeeze wants her to be its next star, surrounded by men vying for her affections. Bea agrees, on one condition–under no circumstances will she actually fall in love. She’s in this to supercharge her career, subvert harmful anti-fat beauty standards, inspire women across America, and get a free hot air balloon ride. That’s it.

But when the cameras start rolling, Bea realizes things are more complicated than she anticipated. She’s in a whirlwind of sumptuous couture, Internet culture wars, sexy suitors, and an opportunity (or two, or five) to find messy, real-life love in the midst of a made-for-TV fairy tale. In this joyful, razor-sharp debut, Bea has to decide whether it might just be worth trusting these men–and herself–for a chance to live happily ever after.

My Review

I won this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway and decided to review it on my blog as well. This was such an entertaining read. Bea is a force to be reckoned with on the outside but on the inside she is insecure and hurt. Bea has lived her whole life in the body of a plus sized woman. She is used to the stares and nasty comments but she wants to find love.

When her remarks towards a reality show called Main Squeeze go viral, she is asked to join the show. This book read like a cross between episode transcripts of the Bachelorette and Bridget Jones’ Diary. I laughed out loud and my heart hurt for Bea. Her struggles with low self esteem and insecurity were very realistic.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

One thought on “One to Watch by: Kate Stayman-London

  1. I thought this was such a great plot for a romance book, unique and different. Although I’m not a fan of reality TV I really enjoyed this one, the audiobook was right up my alley and kept me invested until the end. Which I really liked, the ending I mean. 😀

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