One to Watch

One to Watch

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER * Real love . . . as seen on TV. A plus-size bachelorette brings a fresh look to a reality show in this razor-sharp, "thoroughly charming" (Hillary Clinton) debut.

"Relatable, incredibly smart . . . an extraordinary debut."--Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time * NPR * Marie Claire * Mashable * "Divinely witty and engrossing . . . Grade: A"-- Entertainment Weekly

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 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, wickedly observant debut, Bea has to decide whether it might just be worth trusting these men--and herself--for a chance to live happily ever after.
Publisher: New York : the Dial Press, 2020.
ISBN: 9780525510437
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Book Review: One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Looking for your next read? Check out One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Erin P. Bea Schumacher is a popular plus-size fashion influencer. While living a fabulous Instagram life, Bea also suffers a devastating heartbreak. To make matters worse, an ill-advised blog rant goes viral and lands Bea right in the spotlight. Then, her favorite reality TV guilty… (more)


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pinkyb36
Jun 02, 2021

While this was good, I found it a bit long. Where are the books about anorexia women succeeding?

JCLHeatherM Mar 28, 2021

One of blogger Bea Schumacher's favorite pastimes is to watch 'Main Squeeze', a 'Bachelor-esque reality show (on a very similar sounding network), where one man chooses to go on a relationship journey with roughly two dozen women, eventually choosing one to potentially commit to. Bea's critique of the show's lack of diversity goes viral, making her the next contestant. After getting her heart broken again by an old friend, Bea is willing to test out the waters and see if she can find love in an unconventional way.

Filled with humor, heart, this spoof of the dating reality show hits all the right notes by being genuine and willing to look beyond the standard 'beauty image' - certain other reality shows should take note and consider making some long overdue changes.

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Ginamarguerite
Mar 07, 2021

What a surprise!

I don't watch much TV and I don't think I've ever seen a reality TV show. I'm more of a reader and if I watch anything it's a classic black and white movie.

I'm also not normally a fan of chik lit or women's fiction and One to Watch definitely fell into those categories for me. And how odd for two fairly different genres to meet in the middle and totally and completely entertain me! But it did and then some.

But Kate Stayman-London's One to Watch caught my attention. Maybe becaSuse I've battled with weight my entire life. Maybe because I've read so many mysteries, true crimes and politically centered books the past year I needed a change and the cover caught my eye. Whatever it was all I know is when it showed up on my local library (Marin County to give credit to the best library system in the world) I requested it and I'm glad I did.

The book started off a bit slow for me and I almost DNF'd it. The whole reality show, texting, tweeting about the show isn't something that I enjoy and Bea was so downer women's fictionish. But I kept going and within a few more pages couldn't put it down.

Bea is one of those characters anyone can relate to. We've all had moments where we feel insecure, unloved, undesirable and then if we're lucky someone comes along to help us validate ourselves. As I got further into the book I became more mentally involved in Bea's appearance on the show and found myself rooting for the various suitors. I have to admit I was on team Wyatt -- he was just a good guy. Really solid and honest and what's to say he wouldn't find what he's looking for? Okay, and he reminds me of a old boyfriend who was a big, brawny blond with amazing green eyes.

Stayman-London does have something for everyone -- almost every race and ethnicity is included as well as sexual identity. And as Bea and the television crew travel city to city she describes the settings so well you feel you are there.

When I looked in Goodreads and Fantastic Fiction to see if Stayman-London has another book in the mill I didn't see anything. I hope we don't have to wait too long for her next read. This one was the perfect break from my usual reads and one I need to keep in my reading mix.

JCLKellyD Feb 08, 2021

Super fun and quirky book. Bea is a plus size woman looking for love! She goes on a reality television dating show, Bachelorette style, to find true love. She discovers more about herself and what true love should look like in her life.

ArapahoeTanya Nov 12, 2020

Bea, a plus sized blogger, gets the chance to compete on the reality TV show, Main Squeeze. But Bea is worried the guys won't accept her because of her weight. Will Bea find true love or will she leave broken hearted? The fun, uplifting read that we all need! If you like the show The Bachelor, this book is for you.

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lilyofthevalley3
Nov 08, 2020

I think this book would be a big hit with the younger generation.

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Kayk114
Oct 23, 2020

Couldn't put this book down. Didn't want it to end! Loved every part of this book. Can't wait for more from this author.

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corinne39
Oct 13, 2020

I loved this book! The main character was so relatable and the social media references/conversations were a fun bonus!

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Mari_d
Oct 01, 2020

While I am not a big fan of the bachelor/ Bachelorette series I surprised myself and picked this one up via a library recommendation. Why? Basically because the main character was a plus size woman pushing herself to try something outside her comfort zone. Kudos to the author for delving into what are very real issues from shopping to dating to self acceptance, no matter what others believe.

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Dee_BPL
Sep 25, 2020

ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!

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