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Book Review | One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London


| Published: July 2020 by Penguin |
| Genre: Contemporary |
|Themes: Plus Size MC, Blogger, Romance |
| Length: 432 Pages |
| Source: Netgalley Review Copy |
| Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ |

Hi Readers!

A few weeks ago I was browsing through netgalley looking for upcoming releases I thought we all might be interested in, and I came across this beauty! It sounded like something that was right up my alley. Fun in the sun mixed with a serious message about how society treats plus size woman. I just had to read it.

What Is It About?

Bea is a plus size fashion blogger who’s struggling to get over a heartbreak. After her tweets criticising a certain popular dating show goes viral she is given the opportunity to become the latest reality star to find love.

What Did I Think?

The reality dating show Bea goes on is obviously based on The Bachelorette. I’ve only ever seen one season of this, and it was the Australian version, but I understood the overall premise. It was really interesting to go into the inner workings of someone going through the experience, and I also really loved the very much needed makeover the show got.

One to Watch is all about body positivity. Bea’s mission when going on this reality show is to show that plus size women deserve love. It also highlights the experiences a plus size woman can go through whilst trying to find love. I really admired how Bea stood up for herself in those moments.

The way this story is told takes a bit of getting used to, and I’m still not sure it really worked for me. This is told in third perspective but I think I would’ve preferred first. It also switches to different medias such as transcripts, twitter threads and articles.
While I liked this as it gave us a glimpse of peoples reactions to Bea and the show, for me it was done too much. I just wanted to get back to Bea.

Along with the serious discussions, this book also had some fun and cute romance and it really keeps you on your toes with it’s plot twists! I had a lot of fun reading this and would highly recommend you add it to your Summer TBR!

This has everything I think a contemporary should have. Cute romances, tension and drama, and an important message which will leave you with a new perspective you didn’t have before.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X


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