Hi guys, welcome! Today I am here with my review of One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London.
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 an eARC of One to Watch from the publisher through Netgalley in return for an honest review*
I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN, THE MAYU BEFORE SHE READ THIS BOOK AND THE MAYU AFTER ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT. BELIEVE ME, THIS BOOK HAS CHANGED ME!!!!
The only regret I have after reading this book is why didn’t I read it sooner.
Okay, now let’s talk about why I loved this book so so much:
1) I got One to Watch as an ARC from Netgalley almost 2 months ago, but I purposefully avoided this book for so long because I am also plus size and I was really scared that this book won’t be able to represent my feelings properly. Trust me, my fears have never been more wrong. This book was as, I have already said, pure perfection. I have never felt so represented by a MC before. Like, it was almost like Bea was made for me, from me.
2) Okay, extending the first point only, I loved Bea. Even before Main Squeeze part began I loved her because there are only a few people like us who have the confidence to participate in anything fashion and have the courage to face the ugly trolls. I just was so proud of her for this. But then she joined the Main Squeeze and from there with every passing page, we saw such growth. Growth in her confidence, growth in her self esteem, and also growth of trust in others. I think that is what I liked most about Bea, she used to embody every insecurity I have, and then with every passing page she fought with those insecurities and became victorious. I know it will take much more than one book to smash the insecurities I have, but at least (I don’t know how long it will last) this book has made me more confident about myself.
3) I think One to Watch has the most diversity in terms of sexuality and sexual orientation I have ever seen in a book that has a straight MC. When I first added this book on Goodreads I had seen that it has LGBTQ as one of its category. When I saw that, I thought maybe Bea is bi/pan, but no, now I know that, that category is because this book has the has such diverse side character cast (and people say SOC is diverse, just read this one!!!) For years writers have ignored LGBTQIA+ people while writing straight romances, even the side characters couldn’t be LGBT in their books, so I was so so happy that Kate Stayman-London decided to include so many queer people. Please all straight romance writers, please don’t erase people, not everyone is cishet.
4) It was diverse in terms of race too. I don’t want to elaborate on this point too much because it might reveal who Bea’s beau will turn out to be, so I am going to keep this point at this only.
5) I loved how this book was written. In between the normal writing (yes, my vocab is non-existent), there are text messages, tweets, blog posts, podcasts, etc. Here also I don’t want to say to much, because I feel it will just take away the actual joy of reading this book. I went into One to Watch without knowing any of these, and I think that was the best way, so I am going to shut up quickly and move to the next point.
6) Final point, I promise. The last bit before the epilogue, ufffff was so good!!!! I even put a status asking you people to just help me stop smiling, because I just couldn’t keep my mouth in place, it was so cute and heartwarming. Anyway, to be true I enjoyed all the romance scenes and the heart to heart scenes in this book, even when they were not with her ultimate beau, because believe me, I loved everyone in this book (apart from the few jerks).
Okay, stopping here only because if I let myself, I will give out all the spoilers for the plot, as every few pages, this book had a praiseworthy instance. There were so many small small things that I loved so much in this book, that if I try to enumerate all of them I will end up telling the whole story. There were numerous instances, where I just had to put this book down and say, ohhhhh! I loveee this book. Trust me if I had the freedom, I have enough praises to write a book on why you should read this book, trust me I do.
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