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  • The perfect summer entertainment

    One To Watch stars Bea, a popular, plus-sized fashion blogger. As the book opens, Bea is in the middle of getting her heart stomped on. A few months later, she calls out a reality TV show called The Main Squeeze, (modeled almost exactly on The Bachelor/Bachelorette) on her blog for its reliance on super thin "gorgeous" women who are not at all representative of the average woman. This leads the show's new producer to come up with the idea of making Bea the show's newest Bachelorette. On the one hand, Lauren, the producer, is hoping the "hook" of a plus-sized lead will shake up the franchise and lead to controversy, great theater, and higher ratings. On the other hand, it seems like Lauren really does have at least some desire to challenge the status quo and make the show more inclusive and welcoming of other body types. Bea's family and best friend have been after her to get out there and date and Bea really does want to spread her body positivity message more widely, so she agrees to go on the show. From there, the book follows the structure of The Bachelor pretty closely with initially 25 guys being introduced to Bea, then over the next 6 weeks being whittled down to 10, then 5, and ultimately to just 2. I love romances that involve some kind of reality show and I think this book did a great job in mirroring what we see on TV IRL when we watch these shows, right down to the cringeworthy moments, the manufactured drama, and the real confusion that contestants often feel as they are caught up in the TV fantasy world. There were a few times when my heart broke for Bea at the way she was belittled by a few of the guys because of her appearance, but she was a fighter who came back strong no matter what they threw at her. To balance out the meanness, there were also guys who were genuinely kind, thought she was gorgeous, and fell in love with her. Through it all, Bea slowly figured out what she truly wanted in her life and the end was fully satisfactory (although not without a few final twists and turns). I loved this book for so many reasons, but the top one was the body positivity that was presented throughout the book. Although some people were cruel to her, Bea had a loving, supportive family to lean on, good friends, and a satisfying career, no matter what happened on the show. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Fabulous, life-affirming romance

    Bea is a successful plus-size blogger. After her scathing blog post on the lack of diversity of pretty much anything on the hit TV series The Main Squeeze (think the Batchelor or any other one vs many dating show) goes viral the show slumps to its lowest ever ratings, its sleazy producer is sacked and the new Executive Producer approaches Bea with an offer, be the next show's main squeeze. Bea doesn't even have to fall in love, just prove that a plus-size woman is attractive to men. Despite misgivings, Bea sees this as a chance to get over her broken heart after her BFF Ray slept with her then went back to his fiancée and ghosted Bea. Whilst the men she gets to choose from might be racially diverse, only one is plus-size and they all look like male models. But as Bea and the new EP whittle down the hopefuls there may really be a chance for Bea to fall in love. There's Wyatt, the kind, gentle cowboy. Sam the younger guy and teacher, Asher the college professor, Luc the French chef and Jefferson the token plus-size guy. All of them have expressed interest in Bea and she likes each of them in different ways, but as the show progresses she learns that none of them are exactly what they seem. If you've ever rolled your eyes at the lack of diversity on reality TV shows, where having short hair is considered subversive, or wanted the heroine to be something other than a lollypop then I think you'll enjoy this, especially if you love clothes. Bea is swathed in one gorgeous outfit after another as she dates the single men, some are heroes, some are villains but all are great reading material. This was funny, and heart-breaking, and life-affirming all at once. Perfect beach reading, or garden reading, or lockdown in your apartment reading. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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  • VERY entertaining

    This book was such a fun and entertaining read! And the audiobook is really good.

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  • A Treat

    This book was everything I wanted and more. Loveable characters and all the antics you could hope for from a Bachelor themed TV show wrapped up with a positive message of what it means to love yourself and let love in.

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