One to Watch

Kate Stayman-London

fiction contemporary romance
emotional funny reflective medium-paced

432 pages | first published 2020

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.

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Moods

lighthearted 69%
funny 68%
emotional 55%
hopeful 45%
inspiring 33%
reflective 20%
adventurous 10%
relaxing 9%
challenging 4%
sad 3%
informative 2%
tense 2%
mysterious 0%

Pace

medium 52%
fast 43%
slow 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 55% | Character: 31% | Plot: 12% | N/A: 0%

Strong character development?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 7% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 72% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 7%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 89% | It's complicated: 7% | No: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 2% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

4.03