Take the best parts of The Bachelorette, mix them with your favorite rom-com, add a dash of sweet wisdom, and stir.
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Why I love it
I have a confession—before I started @spiveysbookclub, I went on The Bachelor to find love. It was almost 10 years ago and I am now a vocal critic of the show, but you can imagine my trepidation when I was approached to review One to Watch. After reading this book, however, I can confidently say that the author has provided a compelling, realistic, and funny story about reality TV that is poised to be one of the breakout rom-coms of the summer.
Bea Schumacher is a popular and stylish plus-sized fashion blogger who has given up on dating. After a night of live-tweeting and drinking (which I can confirm is usually a bad idea), Bea pens an epic takedown of Main Squeeze—a reality dating show that resembles The Bachelor—criticizing them for their lack of size-inclusion and diversity. When the blog post goes viral, Bea is asked to be the next star of the show. She decides to use the opportunity to jump start her career, without falling in love. Unfortunately, she is not prepared for manipulative producers, fairy-tale date scenarios, or the charms of sexy suitors!
This book is way juicier than any written by former Bachelor contestants. Fans of reality dating shows will squeal with glee at the familiar characters we all love to hate, while critics will appreciate the smart commentary from a relatable feminist heroine about the unrealistic beauty standards popularized by these shows. Who needs Bachelor In Paradise when you can just read One to Watch and imagine the progressive show that we all deserve?
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.
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New York, NY
As a Bachelor superfan, this was such a guilty pleasure. As a plus-size woman, this was phenomenal and spoke to every thought I have ever had about feeling unwanted, unlovable, and alone. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Jersey City , NJ
It had everything I wanted — drama & romance, discussions on what its like to be a woman who doesn’t fit the mainstream media’s ideal beauty and entertainment’s lack of diversity... and Chris Evans ????
This book is perfect. I read it in 36 hours and literally put it down 30 seconds ago to write this.You think you know where it’s going and you don’t until the very end. If you’re on the fence, get it!
Pine Brook, NJ
I almost didn’t choose this book and I’m so glad I did! It was the PERFECT summer read. I couldn’t put it down! So well written and I loved the main character. I also literally LOLed quite a few times
I love this book. I loved how relatable of what some of our young woman are facing in our society, especially with social media as it is. The power of confidence and beauty and really being kind to yourself
I could’t put it down and finished it in 1 day! The story flows well and I love that it was broken into parts vs chapters. It made it feel like I was along for the ride and not a bystander. Five ⭐️!
Iowa City, IA
I typically don’t read romance novels and almost didn’t pick this. I’m glad I did! This book has everything. Romance, friendship, heartbreak, and what it means/feels to be a woman constantly judged.
I usually don’t read romance but needed to branch out to complete the book challenge, and I’m very glad I did! Finished this book in 2 days, it was surprisingly unpredictable with a satisfying ending.
Kansas City, MO
I love how real this feels without losing it’s “fantasy” charm as well! Let’s hear it for the BIG girls!! ???????? However...can we get the corrected copy of page 167...that was a disappointment!
Bowling Green , OH
I’m not one to read romance books but when I was picking out my BOTM this one caught my eye because it sounded different. I absolutely LOVED this book! It’s well written, it makes you connect with Bea
San Tan Valley, AZ
If you love the bachelor or bachelorette or honestly any type of dating show, you’ll love this book! It’s everything you wished happened in the media. Absolutely loved this book, finished it in a day!
I loved this story- I loved the focus on obesity - the articles and transcripts helped expose the truth of what society really does to women they deem “obese”. I love Bea and her strength to overcome!
I’m a big fan of The Bachelor, so I knew I’d love this from the start. But the ‘twist’ of Main Squeeze having a plus size or average lead, made the whole story so relatable and even more romantic.
Front Royal, VA
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but as a Bachelor franchise lover, it was great to see that it isn’t a pipe dream for diversity on the show.I finished the book in one day and am going to share this book
Howard Lake , MN
Didn’t quite know what to expect when I started this debut. I was intrigued by the concept of being a spoof of The Bachelor/The Bachelorette. I couldn’t put it down and was upset when I had to sleep.
Fast read and super cute! It’s hard not to love Bea and her body-positive message. A little cheesy sometimes? Absolutely. But it’s about a reality dating show and we all know those are cheesy too ????
This one had its flaws (some editing issues) but it was a page turner for me!!! It was real with just enough romance to make me say “awww” and enough twists to keep me intrigued! I recommend this one.
Though I never watch Batchelor/ette shows, this was fascinating, funny, and thoughtful. I seriously couldn’t stop reading - a can’t-put-down writing style and insight into a different world. Loved it!
San Diego, CA
OMBea..okay that was too much, but this is seriously the most fun I’ve had reading a book in a WHILE. From laughing out loud to repeat audible gasps (startling my cat’s 16th nap of the day). PLS READ!
Bea’s journey for love and acceptance is one everybody needs. I love the characters in this book so much, but none so much as the dynamic, ultra-relatable Bea. I’ve already recommended it to everyone!