Published by Dial Press on July 9, 2020
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.
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!
Looking for other contemporary romances with diversity and some heat? Try The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon or Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai.
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.