One to Watch was my June Book of the Month pick and let me tell you, what a winner!
When my husband asked what my new book was about and I told him it was about a plus-size fashion blogger, he looked at me in confusion and asked why would someone clarify that a fashion blogger is plus-sized. That’s the kind of mentality I’d love to see more of in this world, am I right?! Read on to find out why I loved One to Watch and then go get yourself a copy.
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Review & Thoughts
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
What a winner! One to Watch isn’t your typical rom-com but it certainly should be! We need more books like this filled with powerful and positive messages of self-love, honesty, and respect. It’s important to take a moment to pause and think about how our actions and words affect others. Even the strongest and most confident individuals can be hurt by the mean things people say and do and we’d all be in a better place if those nasty people would shut-down the negativity and use their energy to do something positive and worthwhile. Instead of spending time breaking people down, we should find happiness and joy in lifting others up and providing love and support.
Our society has spent decades being laser-focused on dictating what people should be attracted to instead of embracing who we are. Would you rather spend all your time worrying about what other people think of you or focus on being yourself and finding honest love?
I’ve always believed that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that should include all people, regardless of size, shape, etc. It’s more important to get to know someone for who they are on the inside rather than judge them for what pant-size they wear; it’s just a label, cut it out and move on.
There are so many powerful themes in this novel and I truly feel for anyone that’s ever been made to feel ashamed of their body because of how someone else perceives them. One of the main themes of the novel is the importance of honesty in a relationship; in order to build a life with someone, you both have to be honest about who you are and how you want to live your life. It may be easy to lead someone along or say what you think they want to hear, but in relationships, actions speak louder than words and you can’t waste your time with someone who doesn’t truly care about you and love you the way you deserve to be loved.
In a Nutshell: This was such a refreshing and entertaining book and I highly recommend it! 5 Stars and an absolute must for my fellow women’s fiction / romance / Rom-Com lovers!
My Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Details From the Book Jacket
Published: July 7, 2020 by Dial Press
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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