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Book Review: One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Fiction/Chick Lit

BUG Rating: 3.5-4/5

Overall: A feel good, brain candy book that will make you laugh out loud but also reflect on some important issues. Body positivity and fatphobia are big themes in this book.

A really enjoyable debut novel, the structure was a bit different, and reminded me on Where’d you go, Bernadette? – It was a mix of Bea’s POV, text threads, emails, tweets, articles etc. I like it when the author mixes things up! So the writing style was great … the premise super fun and engaging and really kept me turning the pages to see who Bea would end up with (if anyone!)

I loved Bea’s character, she is bold, unafraid but does have insecurities when it comes to her dating life. But, mostly, her message is pretty clear: embrace who you are and stay true to yourself.

Plot:

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.

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