One To Watch

One To Watch : real love . . . as seen on TV

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'A FAST, FURIOUS READ, BRIMMING WITH WIT' Fiona Davis, The Chelsea Girls


#OMBEA! Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger with amazing friends, thousands of Insta followers - and a massively broken heart. 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 Ben! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since whenis being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?

Although Bea has sworn off men altogether, when Main Squeeze ask her to be its next star, she agrees on one condition: under no circumstances will she actually fall in love.

But when the cameras start rolling, Bea finds herself in a whirlwind of sumptuous couture, Twitter 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. Bea has to decide whether it might just be worth trusting these men - and herself - for a chance at her own happily ever after.


'I absolutely loved this book and it is definitely One to Watch for in July' *****
'100 percent escapism in the time of stay-at-home' *****
'Absolutely delicious, I devoured it in a day' *****
'Fast-paced, fun and thought-provoking' *****
'Absolutely delicious' *****
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Two Roads
  • United Kingdom
  • 1529347319
  • 9781529347319
  • 659,826

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Divinely witty and engrossing... Grade: A- * Entertainment Weekly * One to Watch is a fundamentally entertaining and uplifting book... A powerful imagining of how reality TV could look... Stayman-London dismantles stubborn and destructive ideas about plus-size women: Namely, that they can't be fashionable, popular, or successful. [Bea is] complex in a way that fictional plus-size characters often aren't... As the title makes clear, One to Watch is a book to watch. * O: The Oprah Magazine * Funny, emotional, romantic yet realistic - this book has it all.... this is a smart novel written by a smart woman. * Shondaland * Timely, refreshing and delightful, you'll be rooting for Bea throughout her journey of self-love, drama and romance. * E News * The best rom-com I've read in a while... real and raw and very clever... Overall score: A+ -- Grace Atwood * The Stripe * Stayman-London's debut is a smart, pop culture-aware update to the romance novel... One to Watch is a novel that succeeds in finding a tone light enough to qualify it as an exceptional summer read, while also imparting a message substantial enough that you'll want to take it into the next season. * Salon * If you watch The Bachelor, this book is the takedown we've all been waiting for, and Stayman-London is hardly subtle about it, which I love.... Fun, sexy, and full of heart, you'll devour this book in a day. * Betches * Just know that if you have ever felt insecure or ashamed of your body in dating experiences, this book will stand out to you. It was a five-star read.... A women's fiction book centered on the issues many plus-size women deal with dating and truly just existing...This book really made me believe that I could find love as a plus-size woman. Or at the very least, it made me want to believe it could happen and actually made me want to try. * The Everygirl * Fans of The Bachelor will love this summer beach read * Better Homes and Gardens * It is hot. It is sweet. A lot of it is Bea just figuring out how to be a vulnerable human being. It's so deeply satisfying and great...I'm pretty sure it is actually the best rom-com I've ever read * Nerdette podcast, WBEZ Chicago * Stayman-London's charming debut is chatty and fun, brilliantly capturing the highs, lows, and drama of reality TV. . . . This smart, delightful page-turner is a great way for dating show fans to pass the time while waiting for the next season. * Publishers Weekly * One to Watch is a powerful story about the love we have for ourselves and others. It's a vibrant, tender, stylish, sexy, and outrageously joyful book, and I couldn't bear to put it down for one second * Hannah Orenstein, author of LOVE AT FIRST LIKE * A delicious and whip-smart page-turner about the complication of being a complicated woman in the world today * Jo Piazza, bestselling author of CHARLOTTE WALSH LIKES TO WIN * Bea Schumacher is an irresistible heroine, and One to Watch will win you over just as quickly. Its clever skewering of reality TV tropes is balanced by a sweet sincerity and a real belief in true romance. The Bachelor should be so lucky as to land a Bea of its own * Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, bestselling authors of THE ROYAL WE and THE HEIR AFFAIR * One to Watch drew me in from the first chapter; this book was relatable, incredibly smart and thoughtful about body image and the way the media treats women, and just plain entertaining. I adored this extraordinary debut and had so much fun reading it! * Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of THE WEDDING DATE and THE PROPOSAL * A fast, furious read, one that is brimming with wit but also packs a serious punch. The compelling narrator-Bea Schumacher-won my heart immediately, and Stayman-London's storytelling sizzles * Fiona Davis, nationally bestselling author of THE CHELSEA GIRLS *
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About Kate Stayman-London

Kate Stayman-London is a novelist, screenwriter, and political strategist. She served as lead digital writer for Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and has written for notable figures ranging from President Obama and Malala Yousafzai to Anna Wintour and Cher. When not writing or traveling, Kate can be found obsessively ranking Taylor Swift songs, laughing loudly with friends over really good bottles of wine, and of course, watching reality TV. She lives in Los Angeles.
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28,359 ratings
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4 44% (12,550)
3 18% (5,229)
2 4% (1,034)
1 1% (296)
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