One to watch : a novel

by Stayman-London, Kate,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Bea Schumacher is a plus-sized fashion blogger whose screed against the reality dating show The Main Squeeze goes viral, giving the new executive producer an idea: if Bea is so mad about a lack of size diversity on the show, why doesn't she sign on as the next Main Squeeze? Bea's not sure she's ready to face the exponential increase of online trolls obsessed with her "health," but she also needs to get over her feelings for her friend Ray, who is engaged. Soon she's outfitted in fabulous, size 20 designer fashion, and meeting her 25 suitors, not all of whom are there for the right reasons. A lifetime of body shaming has left her skeptical of the men's motives, but soon she is falling for sweet Sam, charming Luc, and grumpy professor Asher. As the world watches her romantic adventures, Stayman-London presents viewer reactions in Twitter recaps, podcast transcripts, and group texts, which nicely balance the behind-the-scenes minutiae of filming. Though Bachelor fans will enjoy finding Easter eggs in this debut novel, even the most reality TV-averse reader will root for the complex, relatable, stylish Bea."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Stayman-London's charming debut, 30-year-old Bea Schumacher is a plus-size blogger whose star is on the rise. After a late-night drunken blog post about the lack of body diversity on Main Squeeze, a dating show where 25 contestants compete for the hand of a bachelor or bachelorette, goes viral, Bea is tapped to be the next star of the show. Though reluctant about putting herself out there, Bea eventually signs on, enticed by the opportunity to expand her platform and potentially play the princess in a love story. Once on the show, Bea finds herself subject to the rejection and mockery she feared, but she also meets good, smart, and kind men who seem to genuinely love her and whom she could love back--if she lets herself. Peppered with chatlogs, text messages, social media reactions, and splashy People articles, Stayman-London's debut is chatty and fun, brilliantly capturing the highs, lows, and drama of reality TV. Occasionally, Bea's critique of Main Squeeze's lack of diversity reads more like the author is signaling wokeness rather than genuine concern about underrepresentation, and the villains make easy targets. Still, this smart, delightful page-turner is a great way for dating show fans to pass the time while waiting for the next season. Agent: Julia Masnik, Watkins Loomis Agency. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Reality television programs -- Fiction.
Bloggers -- Fiction.
Body image -- Fiction.
Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Romance fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Language English
Description 422 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780525510444
0525510443
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