One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London has so many elements I love to read about including a reality television show, inclusivity, and fashion blogging. The main character is so lovable, and each of the side characters are adequately developed as well. What I especially enjoyed was the use of social media posts which make the events of the book seem so much more real. This book was so much fun to read, and it is just as heartfelt as it is entertaining.Title: One to Watch
Publisher: The Dial Press
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
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.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
This book follows Bea, a plus-size fashion blogger, as she stars in a reality dating show after writing a post about the show’s lack of diversity online. It is filled with drama, glamour, and cute dates in fun locations. I adored the reality television concept, and the book does a great job highlighting toxic beauty standards in this industry and challenging them. I found this one to be a very entertaining read that also has an inspiring message, which is just what I had been looking for.
❀ Fantastic and Well-Developed Characters
Bea is such a fantastic character, and the side characters are also well-developed. Bea has such a charming personality, and I loved watching her regain her confidence and see that she is worthy of love. She has a fantastic voice, and it was great to see her using her platform to advocate for inclusivity and body positivity. I also really enjoyed how each of the men competing for her love on the show have their own backstories and struggles. I got to know each of them as the story progressed, and this made the reality show seem more believable.
❀ Interesting Format
The way the book is written is one of my favourite aspects. Bea is a fashion blogger, and there are fantastic descriptions of her outfits that make it easy to believe she is actually a fashion blogger. The use of multi-media to tell the story further adds to the realism. We get to see Bea’s blog posts as well as podcast transcripts, articles, and other media, and this makes the story so immersive. Seeing other characters talk about the show makes it feel like it actually exists, and this is something I would love to see more of.
❀ Inspiring and Adorable
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-Londonis a book that is both inspiring and adorable. I loved the reality show aspect, and the main character is easy to root for. I also found the use of social media posts to be very effective, and this makes the events of the story believable. I would recommend this one to those interested in reality TV, or to those looking for a cute read.