July 9, 2020

Review: One to Watch

Review: One to WatchOne to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
Published by Dial Press on July 9, 2020
Genres: Romance
Pages: 436
Format: Paperback
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One to Watch is about Bea, a plus-size fashion blogger who decides to go on a romance reality show (think Bachelorette) with 25 guys in a show of body positivity and diversity, boost her career, and just maybe find true love.

So much to love about this book! As a plus-size woman, I lived a lot of those insecure, uncomfortable, soul-crushing moments that happened to Bea. As a fashion follower, I enjoyed the shoutouts to designers like Christian Siriano who design for all sizes.

My thoughts

As a woman involved with the online world, a lot of the social media transcripts felt real – comments of thanks and praise for being a role model followed by ugly trolling and threats of harm.

 I appreciate that Bea’s pursuit of happiness wasn’t tied to losing weight because guess what? Fat chicks can and are happy too! While not a Bachelor/Bachelorette watcher, I certainly watch my share of reality tv and this story felt like it hit all of those familiar storytelling beats.

This was fast-paced, authentic feeling and heart-warming. Definitely recommended!

Other books

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The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
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Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

Looking for other contemporary romances with diversity and some heat? Try The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon or Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai.

Your thoughts

Plus-size main characters are showing up more often in romances. Have you read any books where you thought the author did a good (or bad) job of showing characters with body positivity? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for the DRC.

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