[PDF / Epub] ☆ One to Watch By Kate Stayman-London – Trishjohnsongolf.co.uk

One to Watch 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 havingdiverse 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 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 havingdiverse 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 her.This was entertaining and dramatic as fuck in all the same ways that The Bachelorette is Even if it s fictional, it s great to see what it would be like for a plus size person to be the star of a show like this This book also has some other diversity to it that I wasn t expecting.This book got me out of a reading slump and I was enjoying the hell out of it, but it s not quite a five star book for me I got kind of tired of the news articles and the fan reactions to the show after a while And I feel like the timeline of this story didn t always make sense to me, I feel like she went from 25 guys to 5 guys so fast and idk the pacing was just all over the place Also I didn t like how sometimes we missed the big moments in this book, we just find out about them from a news article, when I would ve liked to see Bea s reaction to things in the moment they happen The ending of this book ended up being just okay for me, but mostly over the top dramatic in the same kind of way The Bachelorette is haha I guess I wouldn t recommend this if you re reading it for the romance, but I would if you are reading it for the fun reality show drama kind of stuff, which is why I wanted to read it, because I m trash for romantic reality tv shows I m kind of hoping the author writes a sequel with the next season of the show cause I would auto buy that 3.5 starsBea 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 3.5 starsBea 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 sometimes to her face I guess if you want to be an internet influencer, you open yourself up to people who feel the need to spew ugly vitriol on social media platforms, but I don t understand why anyone would have that attitude Does anyone feel better about themselves being mean to anyone, especially someone they don t even know It was a bit of a mystery who Bea would end up with and that was fun, but all in all, I didn t love this book When each guy s motivation is unclear is he lying trying to get a spinoff series , I can t fall in love with the hero along with the heroine.Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel, which RELEASES JULY 7, 2020 Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestONE 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 Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestONE 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 Body positivity I feel like this book really does a great job with its heroine, plus sized fashion blogger, Bea She s just an ordinary woman who happens to wear a size 20, which is a pretty typical size for a lot of American women, although a lot of us think of that as unusual because we don t see women with bodies like that in TV or magazines When Bea is called to be on the very show she criticized on her blog, people treat it like she s breaking a very controversial barrier, even though those barriers should not exist The body positivity movement has its flaws but I feel like those are addressed here there s a HUGE difference between living a healthy lifestyle and judging others for the way they look The rep In addition to Bea, who is plus size, there is a lot of diversity in the guys she s supposed to date which she demanded on her show One of the love interests is Asian, one of the love interests is black There is a character in here who is gender nonconforming and a character in here who is asexual One of the male love interests is a virgin, and it s treated so respectfully, which I definitely felt like was a call out to how The Bachelor and all of the promo handled Colton, where everyone made SUCH A BIG DEAL OVER IT, whereas here it feels totally normal The portrayal of social media and reality television I loved all of the multi POVs in here, which I usually can t stand But the blog posts, the Tweets, the comments, the podcasts, and the mailing groups were just spot on with how people talk I felt like the blog posts were a really great portrayal of how people really do consume and write about media The comments and Tweets about Bea are sadly an accurate reflection of how people talk to and about women with a prominent online presence, especially if those women aren t considered conventionally attractive The romance OH MY GOD, so usually in reality TV about dating there s just a whole bunch of jerks and all the good guys get voted off immediately, which is why I find watching them so frustrating you get invested, you know , but here, there are a number of good guys that I loved And also a ton of guys that I loved to hate, and hated to love I m so picky about chick lit, and haven t enjoyed a book THIS MUCH since the heyday of Meg Cabot and Plum Sykes and Jennifer Weiner circa the late 90s and early 2000s This was SO MUCH FUN and I was obsessed with Bea s journey not just to find love, but also to find happiness and to love herself The feminist themes Honestly So good Bea was the perfect blend of vulnerability and empowerment She wasn t portrayed like an icon A lot of her insecurities were things that I, as a plus size woman, really related to She made mistakes and could be irrational and selfish, but I could see myself making and doing a lot of her decisions and having those same doubts But despite all that, there was an overarching message that women shouldn t have to settle for less, and they shouldn t have to apologize for being the way they are I loved that about this book it kept it from feeling exploitative, because it had the heart, and didn t portray this as a throwaway thing The hate watching cringe ONE TO WATCH is seriously just like watching a television show, and I hope there are spin offs because I WOULD TOTALLY READ MORE OF THIS WORLD I found myself rooting for various love interests, and wanting to scream at the book when drama surfaced, especially the love hate relationship between Bea and the director of the show omg, Lauren, like, CAN YOU NOT I don t think I ve ever read a book that captures the vibe of reality TV this well, only it s better than any reality TV show that I ve seen in like ten years, so.I found myself at a crucial point about 370 pages in where I knew it was a make or break moment, which would determine whether this book was four or five stars for me The book didn t choose the ending I wanted though it one upped me and found an even better one I honestly hope that this becomes a movie, because if it doesn t PEOPLE ARE MISSING OUT This is the best chick lit book that I have read in years, and I honestly couldn t put it down once I really started reading.Love Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 5 stars 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 F A B U L O U S Find all of my reviews at 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 Find all of my reviews at 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 chance of retaining their position on the show if they confess to things likeOr don t wish to engage in behavior like The only excuse I have for not being addicted to this garbage is that it is too time consuming and in the evenings my family takes over all of the remote controls for various sportsball and shoot em up type of viewing while I read When I saw this book and that cover such a cute cover offered up for an early peek I couldn t resist And as a chubby gal, I am ALL ABOUT the inclusion of plus sized leads in my romcoms I kept picturingOh Liam You get it, girl Such yum.Where was I Oh yeahAnyway, the potential Mr Right here wasn t a Hemsworth, but nearly as good In case you haven t figured it out yet, One to Watch is the story of Bea, a size 20 influencer I know, internet famous barf, but she s not a total asshole so it s okay who rages out on the interwebs about the lack of diversity in fake dating shows like Main Squeeze only to be offered a chance as the next star Can a girl who only signed up to change the narrative and take her brand to the next level find love I read this in a couple of hours out on the deck one Saturday before temps started reaching hot lava levels and thought it was a perfectly fine way to kill some time ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you, NetGalley I m going to put a quick disclaimer here to fully hammer home how great this book is In addition to reading advance copies for NetGalley, I also get a lot of ARCs and drafts from fellow authors who ask for feedback, edits, or help with shaping their blurb or summaries As result, when I am in READ AND REVIEW mode, it can be really hard for me to turn off the editor part of my brain, engage as a reader, and just enjoy a book.You guys I didn t just read ONE TO WATCH I freaking devoured it T I m going to put a quick disclaimer here to fully hammer home how great this book is In addition to reading advance copies for NetGalley, I also get a lot of ARCs and drafts from fellow authors who ask for feedback, edits, or help with shaping their blurb or summaries As result, when I am in READ AND REVIEW mode, it can be really hard for me to turn off the editor part of my brain, engage as a reader, and just enjoy a book.You guys I didn t just read ONE TO WATCH I freaking devoured it This book is going to join the ranks of my beloved pantheon of women s fiction that I reread whenever I m sad and or lounging by the pool Stayman London nailed so many things about this story that I m just going to list them in no particular order 1 The mental struggles of being a plus sized woman, and the way we can waver from insanely confident to terrified no one will ever truly love us There were certain passages that felt like excerpts from my diary.2 The cruelty of society towards women who don t conform to certain standards of beauty and the blind eye turned to men in the same category I mean, why do men shop in the Big and Tall section while women are just Plus Sized There were certain situations where I just wanted to reach through the pages and hug Bea so tight whilst simultaneously throttling the turd nuggets who said awful things to her 3 The believable depiction of how one woman could conceivably fall for several different men at once I am so so so so so picky about love triangles in books and idk what even to call this a love milpentagram because so often, the author makes the final choice easy by demonizing all the other choices In this case, the men and their relationships with Bea felt authentic, and with two exceptions, there was no demonizing of the final viable options.4 The glitz and glamour ugh, I love a glittery Hollywood book bursting with very specific outfit descriptions, and this book delivers I also love seeing glimpses into the reality TV world, and as a former Bachelor addict and Reality Steve junkie and consumer of Bachelor alum memoirs , this felt very authentic and juicy.5 The use of social media and little vignettes to enhance the story I loved all the text messages and emails and articles and blog posts they all blended together to give this amazing background and alternate POVs into Bea s story 6 I also had to eventually confront my own feelings about being a plus sized girl in a world that really really doesn t like us Most books with plus sized heroines end in a weight loss and THEN she gets with the guy who loved her all along but it doesn t happen until she loses weight because she s depressed or something That s one version of a plus size wish fulfillment when reading books like this The other one is what happens here, but to an extreme There isn t one, but several highly attractive, perfect men who want Beaand maybe it s because my own life experiences and programming has convinced me otherwise, but it does feel like another version of wish fulfillment It s Cinderella who gets the perfect designer wardrobe and several men who all proclaim their love for her and she gets the one she actually wants in the end but then, I guess that is a wish fulfillment story for literally anyone reading this I don t really know where I m going with this thought in particular, but I typed it all out so I might as well leave it.I really can t think of anything I disliked about this book maybe the cover could have been a littlefashion blogger amazing by using an actual plus size cover model rather than a drawing, but that s just me nit picking at this point.Bottom line this book is great You should buy it And I can t wait to see what else Kate writes in the future Real Loveas Seen On TVBea 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 ItBut When The Cameras Start Rolling, Bea Realizes Things Are 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 I felt a little weird giving a beach read much less one modeled on the concept of The Bachelor the same rating I gave Pride and Prejudice, but I simply had too much fun reading it to justify any other.Bea is a plus size fashion blogger and quite accustomed to the trolling and doxxing that comes along with being a larger woman on the internet Bea isn t afraid to be herself in a world that tells her she should hide in a corner She s not afraid to wear what she wants or express how she feel I felt a little weird giving a beach read much less one modeled on the concept of The Bachelor the same rating I gave Pride and Prejudice, but I simply had too much fun reading it to justify any other.Bea is a plus size fashion blogger and quite accustomed to the trolling and doxxing that comes along with being a larger woman on the internet Bea isn t afraid to be herself in a world that tells her she should hide in a corner She s not afraid to wear what she wants or express how she feels, like how she thinks the popular reality dating show Main Squeeze sets unrealistic standards But the one area of her life where she lacks confidence is her dating life She has spent years pining after unavailable men who hurt her and has never had a real relationship.When the producers of Main Squeeze contact her about being their next contestant, Bea sees it as a business opportunity, as well as a chance to bring diversity and new norms to the program She has no plans to actually fall in love But then she decides to conquer her fear of relationships, deal with her insecurities and past trauma, and give love a chance.This book manages to be upbeat while also bluntly realistic This author internets In addition to the traditional storytelling, the story is interspersed with transcripts from podcasts, twitter and instagram comments, and fan reactions One of my favorite characters is not a character at all, but a member of a betting pool for Main Squeeze enthusiasts Bea is likable and relatable I enjoyed the author s writing style and sense of humor.If I had one compliant, and this was almost enough to cost this book a star, it would be that I didn t like the romantic endgame Her love interest is pretty heavily telegraphed from his introduction, but I didn t like it I felt he was jealous and ridiculous and saw no real chemistry between him and Bea.Overall, I highly recommend this as a summer read with substance I loved EVERYTHING about this book I devoured it in a matter of hours I loved the delicious fashion descriptions I loved Bea and her strength, her inner dialogue, her journey to self love, her intelligence, her fierceness, and her beauty I loved the tongue in cheek pop culture references Reality Stefan, bahaha I loved and adored so many of the men I loved Marin and I am OBSESSED with Bea s family.Her exchanges with Bob brought me to tears Her relationship with her parents is so so speci I loved EVERYTHING about this book I devoured it in a matter of hours I loved the delicious fashion descriptions I loved Bea and her strength, her inner dialogue, her journey to self love, her intelligence, her fierceness, and her beauty I loved the tongue in cheek pop culture references Reality Stefan, bahaha I loved and adored so many of the men I loved Marin and I am OBSESSED with Bea s family.Her exchanges with Bob brought me to tears Her relationship with her parents is so so special.I LOATHED the hateful, eviscerating, bullying remarks to Bea But those things are realistic I know that those are comments my plus size friends continue to hear It was so painful to even read those words, I cannot imagine those things being said about me.I ve been an off and on Bachelor franchise fan for years and this is the future I dream of So so so so good FIVE STARS FOR BEA


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